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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 Population475,594484,582489,530496,050485,640
Change Since 1990 8,98813,93620,45610,046
Pct. Change Since 1990 1.9%2.9%4.3%2.1%
Source: US Census Bureau
Components of Population Change 2016 to 2017
Net Domestic Migration-2,155
International Migration301
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)902
Source: US Census Bureau
Population Estimates by Age in 2017
 NumberPct. Dist
Preschool (0 to 4)29,6316.1%
School Age (5 to 17)85,45117.6%
College Age (18 to 24)42,5308.8%
Young Adult (25 to 44)120,27524.8%
Older Adult (45 to 64)129,58726.7%
Older (65 plus)78,16616.1%
Source: US Census Bureau
Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin in 2017
 NumberPct. Dist
American Ind. or Alaskan Native Alone2,5710.5%
Asian Alone7,9721.6%
Black Alone119,38924.6%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone2900.1%
White Alone346,20871.3%
Two or More Race Groups9,2101.9%
Hispanic or Latino
Non-Hispanic or Latino392,81680.9%
Hispanic or Latino92,82419.1%
Source: US Census Bureau
Households in 2016
 NumberPct. Dist
Total Households184,140100.0%
  Family Households123,24266.9%
    Married with Children31,09616.9%
    Married without Children50,37027.4%
    Single Parents21,70311.8%
  Non-family Households60,89833.1%
    Living Alone52,03128.3%
Average Household Size2.64
Average Family Household Size3.95
Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5 Year Estimates
Population Counts by Decade
Pct. Chg.
April 2000484,5828,9881.9%
April 2010496,05011,4682.4%
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