La Porte has the 883rd largest population in the United States. The population grew by 4.0% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. La Porte is part of the Houston metro area. Unemployment in the Houston area is 4%, which is higher than the national average, and is getting worse. Houston has the 5th largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in La Porte is below average at $51,830, and the median cost of a home in La Porte is $121,600, which is below the national average. 14% of workers in La Porte hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 86% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in La Porte. 78% of La Porte workers drive to work alone, 2% take public transit, 11% carpool, and 6% walk. People in La Porte spend an average of 24 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.