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Lake County, Indiana

Named for Lake Michigan and organized in 1837

County Seat: Crown Point

Largest City: Hammond (2015 population: 77,614)

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, 2015NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)30,32926.2%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)87,789218.0%17.5%
College Age (18 to 24)43,76239.0%10.1%
Young Adult (25 to 44)120,941224.8%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)131,868227.0%26.2%
Seniors (65 and older)73,176215.0%14.6%
Median Age38.6  Median Age = 37.5

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2015NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone2,56920.5%0.4%
Asian Alone7,71061.6%2.1%
Black Alone121,943225.0%9.6%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone30130.1%0.1%
White346,410271.0%85.8%
Two or More Race Groups8,93231.8%1.9%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic398,493281.7%93.3%
Hispanic89,372218.3%6.7%

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 2015 (estimate)210,8682100.0%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 (2015/2016 Total Reported) 86,64727.8%1,108,151
Public81,86527.8%1,046,058
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 201645,02228.9%504,539

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
July 2016 Unemployment Rate6.24140.9%4.4

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, 2015UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed1,008100.0%100.0%$222,033$3,737,044
Single-Family83082.3%68.4%$201,223$2,929,210
2-Family323.2%2.8%2,315$54,124
3- and 4-Family11010.9%1.6%$13,572$31,656
5+ Family363.6%27.2%$4,923$722,054

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 2015
Percent of County
Cedar Lake12,0002.5%
Crown Point28,8795.9%
Dyer16,0513.3%
East Chicago28,6995.9%
Gary77,15615.8%
Griffith16,3783.4%
Hammond77,61415.9%
Highland22,9364.7%
Hobart28,4045.8%
Lake Station12,0542.5%
Lowell9,4501.9%
Merrillville35,2247.2%
Munster22,9844.7%
New Chicago1,9750.4%
St. John16,4953.4%
Schererville28,7915.9%
Schneider2690.1%
Whiting4,8721.0%
Winfield5,4061.1%
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