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 (12.40%), sales jobs (10.02%), and teaching (9.74%).
Also of interest is that Valparaiso has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Because there are quite a few people attending college in Valparaiso, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Valparaiso provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.
The citizens of Valparaiso are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 35.90% of adults in Valparaiso have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Valparaiso in 2010 was $25,002, which is wealthy relative to Indiana, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $100,008 for a family of four. However, Valparaiso contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
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 Hindi.