Valparaiso is a medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 32,626 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, Valparaiso is the 26th largest community in Indiana.
Valparaiso real estate is some of the most expensive in Indiana, although Valparaiso house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Valparaiso is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Valparaiso is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Valparaiso who work in office and administrative support (13.27%), management occupations (10.45%), and teaching (10.19%).
In addition, Valparaiso is a college town. There are a lot of students in Valparaiso attending college, and as a result Valparaiso provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.
The population of Valparaiso is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 37.33% of adults in Valparaiso have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Valparaiso in 2010 was $25,977, which is wealthy relative to Indiana, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $103,908 for a family of four. However, Valparaiso contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Valparaiso is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Valparaiso home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Valparaiso residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Valparaiso include Irish, Polish, English, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Valparaiso is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.