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La Porte is a city in La Porte County, in the Michigan City-La Porte metro area.
It is the county seat.
The community name derives from French for "the door," because of its location where the great forests of early Indiana met the open prairie.
The latitude of La Porte is 41.610N. The longitude is -86.722W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 814 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 21,067.
Sections below provide additional information and links about La Porte demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the La Porte County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 46350 ZIP code.
28% of La Porte residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the La Porte ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in La Porte was $17,900, compared with $21,587 nationally.
13% of La Porte residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Historic districts in La Porte include Downtown La Porte Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in La Porte, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $405. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $812.
Libraries in La Porte include La Porte County Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in La Porte include La Porte Herald Argus
La Porte County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our La Porte political report.
The average commute time for La Porte workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 5 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in La Porte between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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