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Lake County, IN Highlights


A region's economy thrives or dives because of the people who choose to live there. That choice may occur by being born there and desiring to stay, or a more deliberate one of choosing to relocate from somewhere else. Monitoring change in the size and movement of population is an important barometer of well-being.

Population Over Time
Total Population475,594484,582489,530496,095484,411
Change Since 1990 8,98813,93620,5018,817
Pct. Change Since 1990 1.9%2.9%4.3%1.9%
Source: US Census Bureau
Components of Population Change 2017 to 2018
Net Domestic Migration-878
International Migration133
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)407
Source: US Census Bureau
Population Estimates by Age in 2018
 NumberPct. Dist
Preschool (0 to 4)28,7515.9%
School Age (5 to 17)84,44317.4%
College Age (18 to 24)41,9558.7%
Young Adult (25 to 44)120,79124.9%
Older Adult (45 to 64)128,36726.5%
Older (65 plus)80,10416.5%
Source: US Census Bureau
Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin in 2018
 NumberPct. Dist
American Ind. or Alaskan Native Alone2,6710.6%
Asian Alone8,2031.7%
Black Alone118,68624.5%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone2890.1%
White Alone345,14671.3%
Two or More Race Groups9,4161.9%
Hispanic or Latino
Non-Hispanic or Latino390,50780.6%
Hispanic or Latino93,90419.4%
Source: US Census Bureau
Households in 2017
 NumberPct. Dist
Total Households185,524100.0%
  Family Households123,58466.6%
    Married with Children31,12016.8%
    Married without Children51,22427.6%
    Single Parents21,43911.6%
  Non-family Households61,94033.4%
    Living Alone53,32428.7%
Average Household Size2.61
Average Family Household Size3.92
Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5 Year Estimates
Population Counts by Decade
Pct. Chg.
April 2000484,5828,9881.9%
April 2010496,09511,5132.4%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Population Projections
Population Projections496,005502,228507,724512,741516,195
Change Since 2010 6,22311,71916,73620,190
Pct. Change Since 2010 1.3%2.4%3.4%4.1%
Source: Indiana Business Research Center.
Note: 2010 data are census counts from the U.S. Census Bureau