Local Demographics
Background Information and Community Demographics.

According to the Northern Indiana Public Service Corporation (NIPSCO), the cost of living in northwest Indiana averages 5 to 20 percent below similar communities in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. Housing costs are approximately 30 percent lower than those of surrounding areas. Insurance costs are approximately 20 percent less. Health care costs are approximately 10 percent less.

Housing is more affordable in San Pierre than in most other markets in Indiana. Yet only three percent of the homes in San Pierre are vacant. Recruiting new families to live in San Pierre may be difficult if there are few housing options available for them.

The average age of a home in San Pierre is 52 years old. This means for every home built in the last few years there is another home in town that is over 100 years old. Maintenance of these aging homes will increasingly become an issue for residents of San Pierre. The average age of a home nationally is 27 years.

San Pierre has a significantly higher percent of high school graduates than Starke County, the state of Indiana, or across the United States. At the same time, San Pierre has a lower percentage of college graduates than average, suggesting that those well-educated youth who head off to college more often than not do not return to San Pierre after completing their studies.

Other data we were able to uncover includes:

PEOPLE

Population
San Pierre = 156
Railroad Township = 1,353
Starke County = 23,556
Indiana = 6.3 million
United States = 299 million

Percent Growth
San Pierre = 6.4%
Railroad Township = -9.4%
Starke County = 3.6%
Indiana = 3.8%
United States = 6.4%

Male
San Pierre = 48.7%
Railroad Township = 49.8%
Starke County = 49.5%
Indiana = 49.0%
United States = 49.1%

Female
San Pierre = 51.3%
Railroad Township = 50.2%
Starke County = 50.5%
Indiana = 51.0%
United States = 50.9%

Median Age
San Pierre = 44.8 years
Railroad Township = 43.7 years
Starke County = 37.0 years
Indiana = 36.3 years
United States = 35.3 years

Median Income
San Pierre = $30,900
Railroad Township = $40,469
Starke County = $37,243
Indiana = $43,993
United States = $48,201

High School Graduate
San Pierre = 93.8%
Railroad Township = 75.5%
Starke County = 72.0%
Indiana = 82.1% (26th)
United States = 85.0%

College Graduate
San Pierre = 16.7%
Railroad Township = 10.5%
Starke County = 8.4%
Indiana = 19.4% (44th)
United States = 28.0%

Single
San Pierre = 35.9%
United States = 41.0%

Married
San Pierre = 64.1%
United States = 59.0%

Families with Children
San Pierre = 29.5%
Railroad Township = 30.3%
Starke County = 33.7%
Indiana = 23.9%
United States = 23.5%

HOME OWNERSHIP

Own
San Pierre = 72.9%
Railroad Township = 76.9%
Starke County = 69.3%
Indiana = 65.9%
United States = 60.2%

Rent
San Pierre = 23.7%
Railroad Township = 15.0%
Starke County = 16.4%
Indiana = 26.3%
United States = 30.8%

Vacant
San Pierre = 3.4%
Railroad Township = 8.1%
Starke County = 14.3%
Indiana = 7.7%
United States = 9.0%

Median Home Age
San Pierre = 52 Years
United States = 27.2 years

Median Home Value
San Pierre = $77,500
Railroad Township = $76,000
Starke County = $80,000
Indiana = $94,300
United States = $119,600

Median Gross Rent
Railroad Township = $389
Starke County = $431
Indiana = $521
United States = $602

WORK

Work at Home
Railroad Township = 3.9%
Starke County = 2.7%
Indiana = 2.9%
United States = 3.3%

Drive Alone to Work
San Pierre = 75.8%
Railroad Township = 79.9%
Starke County = 80.4%
Indiana = 82.6%
United States = 75.7%

Carpool to Work
San Pierre = 15.3%
Railroad Township = 12.4%
Starke County = 13.9%
Indiana = 10.0%
United States = 12.2%

Walk to Work
San Pierre = 8.8%
Railroad Township = 2.4%
Starke County = 1.8%
United States = 2.9%

Travel Time to Work
San Pierre = 21.0 minutes
Railroad Township = 30.0 minutes
Starke County = 28.9 minutes
Indiana = 21.8 minutes
United States = 22.8 minutes

Unemployment
Starke County = 7.0%
Indiana = 5.6%
United States = 4.8%

CLIMATE

January Average Temperature = 14 degrees F
July Average Temperature = 86 degrees F

Sunny Days per Year = 173
Percipitation Days = 91

Annual Rainfall = 38 inches
Annual Snowfall = 22 inches

San Pierre sits in the Central Time Zone.
18 of Indiana's 92 counties are in the Central Time Zone.
The remainder of the state falls in the Eastern Time Zone

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