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

626 sq mi (1,621 km²)
497 sq mi (1,287 km²)
129 sq mi (334 km²), 20.65%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

498,700
975/sq mi (376/km²)
Website www.lakecountyin.org/index.jsp

Lake County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2020, the population was 498,700, 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[]

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

Geography[]

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[]

Major highways[]

Railroads[]

Adjacent counties[]

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 1,468
1850 3,991 171.9%
1860 9,145 129.1%
1870 12,339 34.9%
1880 15,091 22.3%
1890 23,886 58.3%
1900 37,892 58.6%
1910 82,864 118.7%
1920 159,957 93.0%
1930 261,310 63.4%
1940 293,195 12.2%
1950 368,152 25.6%
1960 513,269 39.4%
1970 546,253 6.4%
1980 522,965 −4.3%
1990 475,594 −9.1%
2000 484,564 1.9%
2010 496,005 2.4%

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.

Politics[]

While the state of Indiana is strongly Republican, having voted Republican in every election since 1964 (except in 2008), Lake County has long been a Democratic stronghold, giving pluralities or majorities to Democrats in every Presidential election since 1932 with the exceptions of 1956 and 1972.

Lake is part of Indiana's 1st congressional district, which is held by Democrat Frank J. Mrvan.[2] In the State Senate, Lake is part of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th districts, which are held by three Democrats and one Republican. In the Indiana House of Representatives, Lake is part of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th and 19th districts, which are held by four Democrats and four Republicans.

United States presidential election results for Lake County, Indiana[3]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 91,760 41.65% 124,870 56.67% 3,700 1.68%
2016 75,625 37.29% 116,935 57.66% 10,241 5.05%
2012 68,431 33.85% 130,897 64.75% 2,819 1.39%
2008 67,742 32.41% 139,301 66.64% 1,996 0.95%
2004 71,903 38.24% 114,743 61.03% 1,376 0.73%
2000 63,389 36.02% 109,078 61.98% 3,527 2.00%
1996 47,873 29.22% 100,198 61.15% 15,789 9.64%
1992 53,867 28.91% 102,778 55.17% 29,653 15.92%
1988 79,929 43.03% 105,026 56.55% 780 0.42%
1984 94,870 44.30% 117,984 55.10% 1,289 0.60%
1980 95,408 46.02% 101,145 48.78% 10,786 5.20%
1976 90,119 42.36% 120,700 56.74% 1,922 0.90%
1972 115,480 56.24% 88,510 43.10% 1,352 0.66%
1968 77,911 36.48% 99,897 46.77% 35,766 16.75%
1964 73,722 35.19% 134,978 64.42% 823 0.39%
1960 78,278 37.04% 132,554 62.72% 526 0.25%
1956 92,803 52.00% 85,000 47.63% 657 0.37%
1952 74,073 44.66% 90,721 54.70% 1,051 0.63%
1948 51,413 38.77% 77,025 58.09% 4,157 3.14%
1944 48,147 38.84% 75,066 60.56% 737 0.59%
1940 45,898 38.79% 71,985 60.83% 447 0.38%
1936 33,689 32.47% 68,551 66.07% 1,510 1.46%
1932 42,596 46.56% 46,060 50.34% 2,836 3.10%
1928 48,768 59.68% 32,321 39.55% 630 0.77%
1924 30,990 64.61% 10,918 22.76% 6,060 12.63%
1920 26,296 69.15% 7,136 18.77% 4,596 12.09%
1916 13,262 55.00% 9,946 41.25% 903 3.75%
1912 5,176 29.61% 5,136 29.38% 7,171 41.02%
1908 9,499 60.97% 5,502 35.32% 578 3.71%
1904 6,429 64.11% 2,933 29.25% 666 6.64%
1900 5,337 58.00% 3,733 40.57% 131 1.42%
1896 4,883 58.11% 3,418 40.68% 102 1.21%
1892 2,958 48.02% 3,010 48.86% 192 3.12%
1888 2,543 54.21% 2,068 44.08% 80 1.71%



Cities and towns[]

Townships[]

Education[]

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[]

Newspapers[]

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 Quarter[]

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[]

External links[]

References[]

  • 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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