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Lake County, Indiana
Lake County in seal
Map of Indiana highlighting Lake County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of USA IN
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1837
Seat Crown Point
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

626 sq mi (1,621 km²)
497 sq mi (1,287 km²)
129 sq mi (334 km²), 20.65%
 - (2000)
 - Density

975/sq mi (376/km²)

Lake County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2000, the population was 484,564, making it Indiana's second most populous county. The county seat is Crown Point6. This county is part of Northwest Indiana and the Chicago metropolitan area.

History Edit

Lake County was formed in 1837. It was named for its location on Lake Michigan.

Geography Edit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,622 km² (626 sq mi). 1,287 km² (497 sq mi) of it is land and 335 km² (129 sq mi) of it (20.65%) is water.

Commercial Airport Edit

Major highways Edit

Railroads Edit

Adjacent counties Edit

Demographics Edit

Lake County
Population by year

2000 484,564
1990 475,594
1980 522,965
1970 546,253
1960 513,269
1950 368,152
1940 293,195
1930 261,310
1920 159,957
1910 82,864
1900 37,892
1890 23,886
1880 15,091
1870 12,339
1860 9,145
1850 3,991
1840 1,468

As of the census² of 2000, there were 484,564 people, 181,633 households, and 126,961 families residing in the county. The population density was 376/km² (975/sq mi). There were 194,992 housing units at an average density of 151/km² (392/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 66.72% White, 25.33% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.82% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 4.96% from other races, and 1.85% from two or more races. 12.20% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 12.2% were of German, 9.6% Polish and 7.1% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

According to 2005 Census estimates 58.6% of Lake County's population was non-Hispanic whites, 26.2% African-American, 13.7% Latino and 1.0% Asian.[1] In 2000 there were 181,633 households out of which 32.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.70% were married couples living together, 16.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.10% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.80% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 28.30% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 13.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,829, and the median income for a family was $50,131. Males had a median income of $41,986 versus $26,393 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,639. About 9.70% of families and 12.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.80% of those under age 18 and 8.00% of those age 65 or over.

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Education Edit

The administration of public schools in Lake County is divided among 16 corporations and governing bodies, more than any other Indiana county. [1]

Colleges and Universities

Major businesses Edit


The Times is the largest daily newspaper Lake County and Northwest Indiana, and the second largest in the state. Lake County is also served by the Post-Tribune, a daily newspaper based in Merrillville.

Indiana State QuarterEdit

Indiana quarter, reverse side, 2002

Indiana State Quarter missing the northwest section of Lake County.

The northwest tip of Lake County is seemingly missing from the state outline on the Indiana state quarter. The outline of the state on the quarter shows the Lake Michigan shore line continuing in a southwest direction from the Porter/Lake County line to the Illinois-Indiana state line, showing Lake Michigan where Gary and Hammond are located. Unlike the similar occurrence with Dade County on the Georgia state quarter, fewer complaints were made concerning the omission.

See also Edit

External links Edit


  • Forstall, Richard L. (editor) (1996). Population of states and counties of the United States: 1790 to 1990 : from the twenty-one decennial censuses. United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Population Division. ISBN 0-934213-48-8. 

Coordinates: 41°29′N 87°23′W / 41.48, -87.38

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