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Lake County, Indiana

Named for Lake Michigan and organized in 1837

County Seat: Crown Point

Largest City: Hammond (2013 population: 78,967)

Population per Square Mile: 984.88

Square Miles: 499.00

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)496,00527.6%6,483,797
Today (2013)491,45627.5%6,570,902
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*507,72427.4%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-0.9%60 1.3%

*Projection based on 2010 Census counts.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Components of Population Change, 2012-2013NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-3,06692 -1,179
Net International Migration2269 9,404
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)1,37555.3%25,992

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2013NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)31,40826.4%6.4%
School Age (5 to 17)90,258218.4%17.7%
College Age (18 to 24)44,47929.1%10.1%
Young Adult (25 to 44)122,289224.9%25.4%
Older Adult (45 to 64)133,328227.1%26.4%
Seniors (65 and older)69,694214.2%13.9%
Median Age38.1  Median Age = 37.4

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2013NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone2,52320.5%0.4%
Asian Alone7,17961.5%1.9%
Black Alone125,384225.5%9.5%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone28630.1%0.1%
White347,589270.7%86.3%
Two or More Race Groups8,49531.7%1.8%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic404,214282.2%93.6%
Hispanic87,242217.8%6.4%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2012 (Includes detail not shown below)182,0282100.0%100.0%
Married With Children33,632318.5%20.2%
Married Without Children49,525227.2%30.1%
Single Parents21,161211.6%9.8%
Living Alone52,054228.6%27.6%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

HousingNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Total Housing Units in 2013 (estimate)209,3572100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2012 (includes vacant units)208,9132100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
127,855261.2%62.6%
Median Value (2012)$137,40018  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
54,173225.9%26.1%
Median Rent (2012)$6358  

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2012/2013 Total Reported) 92,27228.3%1,115,499
Public85,26828.2%1,039,411
Adults (25+ in 2012 ACS)325,16427.7%4,229,138
with High School diploma or higher86.7%37 87%
with B.A. or higher degree19.7%20 23%

Sources: Indiana Department of Education; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

Income and PovertyNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Per Capita Personal Income (annual) in 2012$37,4603098.3%38,119
Median Household Income in 201248,01534102.3%$46,954
Poverty Rate in 201219.6%8126.5%15.5%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1831.3%6141.6%22.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 20131,374211.7%11,711
Food Stamp Recipients in 201392,595210.0%922,273
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 201347,91029.4%509,427

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis; U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Family Social Services Administration; Indiana Department of Education

Health and Vital StatisticsNumberRank of Percent of StateIndiana
Births, 20125,99127.2%83,250
Births to Teens, 201258327.8%7,431
Deaths, 20124,58227.7%59,168

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2013NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force221,66127.0%3,179,935
Employed201,22926.8%2,940,897
Unemployed20,43228.5%239,038
Annual Unemployment Rate9.29122.7%7.5
September 2014 Unemployment Rate7.21141.2%5.1

Source: STATS Indiana, using data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Earnings by Industry, 2012 Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
IMPORTANT: The BEA is no longer producing employment by industry for counties. For more information on the loss of data due to
sequestration, go to http://www.bea.gov/about/pdf/bea_fy2013_budget_impact.pdf.
Total by place of work$12,776,504100.0%
Wage and Salary$9,394,82073.5%
Farm Proprietors$30,2210.2%
Nonfarm Proprietors$1,022,6818.0%
Farm$34,8890.3%
Nonfarm$12,741,61599.7%
Private$11,288,42988.4%
  Accommodation, Food Serv.$335,4462.6%
  Arts, Ent., Recreation$254,9442.0%
  Construction$1,668,77013.1%
  Health Care, Social Serv.$1,899,24514.9%
  Information$89,3050.7%
  Manufacturing$2,763,13221.6%
  Professional, Tech. Serv.$443,5503.5%
  Retail Trade$928,3037.3%
  Trans., Warehousing$546,1574.3%
  Wholesale TradeData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Other Private (not above)$1,625,603*12.7%*
Government$1,453,18611.4%

Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
* These totals do not include county data that are not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.

Residential Building Permits, 2013UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed985100.0%100.0%$213,174$3,065,788
Single-Family78679.8%67.3%$191,448$2,631,508
2-Family141.4%2.2%1,739$38,302
3- and 4-Family333.4%0.9%$3,715$13,598
5+ Family15215.4%29.6%$16,272$382,380

Notes: Detail cost may not sum to total due to rounding. Greene County does not currently issue building permits, so it is excluded.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Largest Cities and Towns in Lake County

NamePopulation
in 2013
Percent of County
Cedar Lake11,7062.4%
Crown Point28,4125.8%
Dyer16,2773.3%
East Chicago29,2125.9%
Gary78,45016.0%
Griffith16,6193.4%
Hammond78,96716.1%
Highland23,2854.7%
Hobart28,5195.8%
Lake Station12,2472.5%
Lowell9,3811.9%
Merrillville35,6227.2%
Munster23,2704.7%
New Chicago1,9990.4%
St. John15,6773.2%
Schererville29,0105.9%
Schneider2730.1%
Whiting4,8911.0%
Winfield5,0731.0%
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