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Lake County, Indiana

Named for Lake Michigan and organized in 1837

County Seat: Crown Point

Largest City: Hammond (2017 population: 76,618)

Population per Square Mile: 973.23

Square Miles: 499.00

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)496,05027.7%6,484,125
Today (2017)485,64027.3%6,660,082
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*507,72427.4%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-2.1%62 2.7%

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

Components of Population Change, 2016-2017NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-2,15591 -1,639
Net International Migration3018 9,067
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)90274.6%19,482

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2017NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)29,63126.1%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)85,451217.6%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)42,53038.8%9.9%
Young Adult (25 to 44)120,275224.8%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)129,587226.7%25.9%
Seniors (65 and older)78,166216.1%15.4%
Median Age39.1  Median Age = 37.7

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2017NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone2,57120.5%0.4%
Asian Alone7,97261.6%2.4%
Black Alone119,389224.6%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone29040.1%0.1%
White346,208271.3%85.4%
Two or More Race Groups9,21031.9%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic392,816280.9%93.0%
Hispanic92,824219.1%7.0%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2017 (Includes detail not shown below)185,5242100.0%100.0%
Married With Children31,120316.8%18.8%
Married Without Children51,224227.6%30.0%
Single Parents21,439211.6%9.6%
Living Alone53,324228.7%28.3%

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 2017 (estimate)212,7282100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2017 (includes vacant units)211,3792100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
128,486260.8%61.2%
Median Value (2017)$140,10020  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
57,038227.0%27.7%
Median Rent (2017)$6878  

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 2017 ACS)326,49927.5%4,369,451
with High School diploma or higher88.1%48 88.3%
with B.A. or higher degree21.4%21 25.3%

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 2017$43,0992495.5%45,150
Median Household Income in 201754,92934101.5%$54,134
Poverty Rate in 201715.9%16119.5%13.3%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1823.7%10133.1%17.8%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 2017696210.3%6,790
Food Stamp Recipients in 201769,155210.5%656,297
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, 20165,64926.8%83,063
Births to Teens, 201638827.3%5,294
Deaths, 20164,83527.6%63,492

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2017NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force229,52026.9%3,320,409
Employed217,83226.8%3,203,351
Unemployed11,688210.0%117,058
Annual Unemployment Rate5.12145.7%3.5
November 2018 Unemployment Rate5.04135.1%3.7

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2017 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work245,206100.0%$13,243,509100.0%$54,010
Wage and Salary201,64882.2%$9,629,08372.7%$47,752
Farm Proprietors3420.1%$-16,350-0.1%$-47,807
Nonfarm Proprietors43,21617.6%$1,292,1469.8%$29,900
Farm4510.2%$-12,773-0.1%$-28,322
Nonfarm244,75599.8%$13,256,282100.1%$54,161
Private217,87488.9%$11,847,51789.5%$54,378
  Accommodation, Food Serv.19,6758.0%$611,7524.6%$31,093
  Arts, Ent., Recreation7,2843.0%$251,2821.9%$34,498
  Construction15,7266.4%$1,153,7558.7%$73,366
  Health Care, Social Serv.37,25315.2%$2,196,12316.6%$58,952
  Information1,7900.7%$100,5970.8%$56,199
  Manufacturing24,1799.9%$2,587,53619.5%$107,016
  Professional, Tech. Serv.9,7904.0%$497,5523.8%$50,822
  Retail Trade28,56411.6%$902,6586.8%$31,601
  Trans., Warehousing11,2194.6%$699,1655.3%$62,320
  Wholesale TradeData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Other Private (not above)53,868*22.0%*$2,008,252*15.2%*$37,281*
Government26,88111.0%$1,408,76510.6%$52,407

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, 2017UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed1,399100.0%100.0%$320,402$4,583,500
Single-Family1,32494.6%74.2%$309,613$4,038,599
2-Family362.6%2.0%4,183$62,844
3- and 4-Family151.1%0.4%$3,064$13,000
5+ Family241.7%23.4%$3,541$469,056

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 2017
Percent of County
Cedar Lake12,4702.6%
Crown Point29,6256.1%
Dyer15,9413.3%
East Chicago28,2155.8%
Gary76,00815.7%
Griffith16,1523.3%
Hammond76,61815.8%
Highland22,5854.7%
Hobart28,2555.8%
Lake Station11,9652.5%
Lowell9,6612.0%
Merrillville34,8717.2%
Munster22,7174.7%
New Chicago1,9590.4%
St. John17,2593.6%
Schererville28,6335.9%
Schneider2630.1%
Whiting4,8251.0%
Winfield5,6841.2%
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