Valparaiso is a medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 33,897 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, Valparaiso is the 26th largest community in Indiana.
Unlike some cities, Valparaiso isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Valparaiso are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Valparaiso is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Valparaiso who work in management occupations (11.90%), sales jobs (10.82%), and office and administrative support (10.59%).
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.
Valparaiso, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.
The education level of Valparaiso ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Valparaiso, 40.72% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Valparaiso in 2018 was $34,598, which is wealthy relative to Indiana, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $138,392 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 German, Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Valparaiso is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.