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Lake County, Indiana

Named for Lake Michigan and organized in 1837

County Seat: Crown Point

Largest City: Hammond (2012 population: 79,686)

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, 2012NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)32,33926.6%6.5%
School Age (5 to 17)91,675218.6%17.8%
College Age (18 to 24)43,99228.9%10.1%
Young Adult (25 to 44)123,244225.0%25.4%
Older Adult (45 to 64)134,228227.2%26.5%
Seniors (65 and older)68,140213.8%13.6%
Median Age37.8  Median Age = 37.0

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2012NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone2,50420.5%0.4%
Asian Alone6,95961.4%1.8%
Black Alone127,341225.8%9.4%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone27130.1%0.1%
White348,311270.6%86.6%
Two or More Race Groups8,23231.7%1.8%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic407,678282.6%93.7%
Hispanic85,940217.4%6.3%

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 2012 (estimate)209,1902100.0%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, 20116,18327.4%83,750
Births to Teens, 201164428.0%8,010
Deaths, 20114,55527.8%58,154

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2012NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force220,31227.0%3,168,712
Employed199,40626.8%2,911,603
Unemployed20,90628.1%257,109
Annual Unemployment Rate9.524117.3%8.1
February 2014 Unemployment Rate9.01142.9%6.3

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 Trade$00.0%
  Other Private (not above)$1,625,60312.7%
Government$1,453,18611.4%

Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

Residential Building Permits, 2012UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed819100.0%100.0%$164,104$2,349,911
Single-Family67582.4%73.4%$154,783$2,063,972
2-Family141.7%1.9%1,389$23,703
3- and 4-Family384.6%1.6%$3,993$15,508
5+ Family9211.2%23.1%$3,940$246,728

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 2012
Percent of County
Cedar Lake11,6642.4%
Crown Point28,1715.7%
Dyer16,3793.3%
East Chicago29,4766.0%
Gary79,17016.1%
Griffith16,7263.4%
Hammond79,68616.2%
Highland23,4584.8%
Hobart28,7355.8%
Lake Station12,3922.5%
Lowell9,3401.9%
Merrillville35,6317.2%
Munster23,4134.7%
New Chicago2,0170.4%
St. John15,3353.1%
Schererville29,1015.9%
Schneider2750.1%
Whiting4,9371.0%
Winfield4,8841.0%
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