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Lake County, Indiana

Named for Lake Michigan and organized in 1837

County Seat: Crown Point

Largest City: Hammond (2014 population: 78,384)

Population per Square Mile: 977.69

Square Miles: 499.00

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)496,06927.7%6,484,192
Today (2015)487,86527.4%6,619,680
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*507,72427.4%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-1.7%62 2.1%

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

Components of Population Change, 2014-2015NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-4,19891 -14,881
Net International Migration4227 12,574
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)1,20754.8%25,260

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2014NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)30,65926.3%6.4%
School Age (5 to 17)89,184218.2%17.6%
College Age (18 to 24)44,70929.1%10.1%
Young Adult (25 to 44)121,749224.8%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)132,444227.0%26.3%
Seniors (65 and older)71,483214.6%14.3%
Median Age38.3  Median Age = 37.5

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2014NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone2,56420.5%0.4%
Asian Alone7,39661.5%2.0%
Black Alone123,858225.3%9.6%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone30230.1%0.1%
White347,381270.9%86.1%
Two or More Race Groups8,72731.8%1.9%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic401,717281.9%93.4%
Hispanic88,511218.1%6.6%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2014 (Includes detail not shown below)182,9192100.0%100.0%
Married With Children32,030317.5%19.4%
Married Without Children49,924227.3%30.1%
Single Parents21,450211.7%9.9%
Living Alone51,386228.1%27.8%

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 2014 (estimate)210,3622100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2014 (includes vacant units)209,5642100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
126,039260.1%61.6%
Median Value (2014)$135,90016  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
56,880227.1%27.1%
Median Rent (2014)$6589  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2014/2015 Total Reported) 91,05528.1%1,130,285
Public84,05228.0%1,045,779
Adults (25+ in 2014 ACS)325,59927.6%4,287,819
with High School diploma or higher87%45 87.6%
with B.A. or higher degree20%22 23.6%

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 2014$38,3863597.0%39,578
Median Household Income in 201450,77434102.8%$49,384
Poverty Rate in 201417.6%13115.8%15.2%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1827.3%10128.8%21.2%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 2015932211.2%8,338
Food Stamp Recipients in 201584,064210.4%810,606
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 201445,97628.9%514,128

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, 20146,08027.2%84,080
Births to Teens, 201446827.5%6,277
Deaths, 20144,79927.9%60,798

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2015NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force230,07227.0%3,265,761
Employed214,46926.9%3,109,217
Unemployed15,603210.0%156,544
Annual Unemployment Rate6.82141.7%4.8
March 2016 Unemployment Rate7.83141.8%5.5

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2014 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work242,018100.0%$12,473,402100.0%$51,539
Wage and Salary199,80482.6%$9,210,48573.8%$46,098
Farm Proprietors3480.1%$2,1900.0%$6,293
Nonfarm Proprietors41,86617.3%$1,061,0908.5%$25,345
Farm4510.2%$6,4430.1%$14,286
Nonfarm241,56799.8%$12,466,95999.9%$51,609
Private213,90388.4%$11,088,52888.9%$51,839
  Accommodation, Food Serv.18,7757.8%$358,8002.9%$19,111
  Arts, Ent., Recreation7,8813.3%$255,5482.0%$32,426
  Construction14,8536.1%$1,134,0249.1%$76,350
  Health Care, Social Serv.35,16114.5%$1,954,29515.7%$55,581
  Information1,9370.8%$96,4620.8%$49,800
  Manufacturing25,35710.5%$2,822,08022.6%$111,294
  Professional, Tech. Serv.9,6994.0%$479,3223.8%$49,420
  Retail Trade28,32711.7%$922,1387.4%$32,553
  Trans., Warehousing10,3214.3%$567,4614.5%$54,981
  Wholesale TradeData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Other Private (not above)52,995*21.9%*$1,729,126*13.9%*$32,628*
Government27,66411.4%$1,378,43111.1%$49,828

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, 2014UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed908100.0%100.0%$211,716$3,222,176
Single-Family81389.5%68.1%$201,002$2,748,532
2-Family242.6%2.0%3,278$40,304
3- and 4-Family273.0%1.1%$3,363$18,185
5+ Family444.8%28.7%$4,074$415,155

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 2014
Percent of County
Cedar Lake11,8542.4%
Crown Point28,6235.9%
Dyer16,1693.3%
East Chicago28,9905.9%
Gary77,90916.0%
Griffith16,5163.4%
Hammond78,38416.1%
Highland23,1274.7%
Hobart28,6355.9%
Lake Station12,1752.5%
Lowell9,4021.9%
Merrillville35,4507.3%
Munster23,1034.7%
New Chicago1,9930.4%
St. John16,1173.3%
Schererville28,9265.9%
Schneider2710.1%
Whiting4,8561.0%
Winfield5,2601.1%
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