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Lake County, Indiana

Named for Lake Michigan and organized in 1837

County Seat: Crown Point

Largest City: Hammond (2016 population: 77,134)

Population per Square Mile: 973.64

Square Miles: 499.00

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)496,05027.7%6,484,136
Today (2016)485,84627.3%6,633,053
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*507,72427.4%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-2.1%61 2.3%

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

Components of Population Change, 2015-2016NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-2,89191 -12,135
Net International Migration3247 11,052
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)1,01064.5%22,358

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2016NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)30,19926.2%6.4%
School Age (5 to 17)86,667217.8%17.4%
College Age (18 to 24)43,14338.9%10.0%
Young Adult (25 to 44)120,316224.8%25.2%
Older Adult (45 to 64)130,646226.9%26.1%
Seniors (65 and older)74,875215.4%14.9%
Median Age38.7  Median Age = 37.6

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2016NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone2,58220.5%0.4%
Asian Alone7,59461.6%2.2%
Black Alone120,704224.8%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone28330.1%0.1%
White345,603271.1%85.6%
Two or More Race Groups9,08031.9%2.0%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic394,964281.3%93.2%
Hispanic90,882218.7%6.8%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2015 (Includes detail not shown below)183,3142100.0%100.0%
Married With Children31,797317.3%19.2%
Married Without Children49,794227.2%30.0%
Single Parents21,908212.0%9.8%
Living Alone51,579228.1%28.0%

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 2016 (estimate)211,4632100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2015 (includes vacant units)208,4882100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
126,228260.5%61.9%
Median Value (2015)$136,10018  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
57,086227.4%27.8%
Median Rent (2015)$6638  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2016/2017 Total Reported) 86,01727.7%1,110,866
Public81,15827.7%1,048,879
Adults (25+ in 2015 ACS)325,77727.5%4,316,273
with High School diploma or higher87.2%50 87.8%
with B.A. or higher degree20.4%21 24.1%

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 2016$40,6283394.3%43,097
Median Household Income in 201550,61339100.2%$50,510
Poverty Rate in 201516.6%16115.3%14.4%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1826.5%8129.9%20.4%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 2016812210.8%7,519
Food Stamp Recipients in 201675,202210.4%722,928
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2016/201743,41828.8%495,330

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, 20155,91027.0%84,008
Births to Teens, 201542127.2%5,876
Deaths, 20154,85527.7%62,666

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2016NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force232,45827.0%3,326,893
Employed217,76226.8%3,179,806
Unemployed14,696210.0%147,087
Annual Unemployment Rate6.33143.2%4.4
September 2017 Unemployment Rate5.31155.9%3.4

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2016 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work245,037100.0%$12,649,504100.0%$51,623
Wage and Salary200,55881.8%$9,358,65874.0%$46,663
Farm Proprietors3460.1%$-7,041-0.1%$-20,350
Nonfarm Proprietors44,13318.0%$995,7527.9%$22,563
Farm4400.2%$-3,577-0.0%$-8,130
Nonfarm244,59799.8%$12,653,081100.0%$51,730
Private217,72288.9%$11,233,87788.8%$51,597
  Accommodation, Food Serv.19,5108.0%$454,4373.6%$23,293
  Arts, Ent., Recreation7,3913.0%$239,8651.9%$32,454
  Construction14,6736.0%$1,074,4258.5%$73,225
  Health Care, Social Serv.36,81815.0%$2,093,49116.5%$56,861
  Information1,9180.8%$95,7280.8%$49,910
  Manufacturing24,65910.1%$2,572,36220.3%$104,317
  Professional, Tech. Serv.9,7694.0%$476,5993.8%$48,787
  Retail Trade29,23511.9%$862,6586.8%$29,508
  Trans., Warehousing10,7454.4%$633,7435.0%$58,980
  Wholesale TradeData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Other Private (not above)54,236*22.1%*$1,922,529*15.2%*$35,447*
Government26,87511.0%$1,419,20411.2%$52,808

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, 2016UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed1,122100.0%100.0%$252,055$3,875,847
Single-Family1,03492.2%75.2%$239,958$3,417,822
2-Family242.1%3.1%3,094$64,063
3- and 4-Family312.8%0.9%$4,075$21,320
5+ Family332.9%20.9%$4,928$372,642

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 2016
Percent of County
Cedar Lake12,1832.5%
Crown Point29,1766.0%
Dyer15,9413.3%
East Chicago28,4185.8%
Gary76,42415.7%
Griffith16,2523.3%
Hammond77,13415.9%
Highland22,7374.7%
Hobart28,2485.8%
Lake Station11,9522.5%
Lowell9,5192.0%
Merrillville34,9947.2%
Munster22,8254.7%
New Chicago1,9560.4%
St. John16,8003.5%
Schererville28,7015.9%
Schneider2700.1%
Whiting4,8311.0%
Winfield5,5601.1%
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