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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, 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 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 2015$39,8962795.1%41,940
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
April 2017 Unemployment Rate4.12151.9%2.7

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2015 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work243,017100.0%$12,466,095100.0%$51,297
Wage and Salary199,29382.0%$9,283,19374.5%$46,581
Farm Proprietors3470.1%$-12,093-0.1%$-34,850
Nonfarm Proprietors43,37717.8%$1,047,6688.4%$24,153
Farm4400.2%$-8,517-0.1%$-19,357
Nonfarm242,57799.8%$12,474,612100.1%$51,425
Private215,44988.7%$11,062,05688.7%$51,344
  Accommodation, Food Serv.19,0937.9%$442,4283.5%$23,172
  Arts, Ent., Recreation7,7323.2%$252,4862.0%$32,655
  Construction14,2355.9%$1,070,6038.6%$75,209
  Health Care, Social Serv.35,78614.7%$1,983,85915.9%$55,437
  Information1,9390.8%$93,0300.7%$47,978
  Manufacturing24,74610.2%$2,596,06920.8%$104,909
  Professional, Tech. Serv.9,7794.0%$479,9853.9%$49,083
  Retail Trade28,89511.9%$826,3496.6%$28,598
  Trans., Warehousing10,4954.3%$639,0745.1%$60,893
  Wholesale TradeData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Other Private (not above)53,989*22.2%*$1,885,678*15.1%*$34,927*
Government27,12811.2%$1,412,55611.3%$52,070

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 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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