Lake County is located in northwest Indiana. The County Seat is Crown Point and the largest city is Hammond. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.lakecountyin.org/. The 2014 population estimate is 490,228 and the 2010 census population was 496,031. The land area is 498.96 square miles and there are 994.1 persons per square mile.
70.7% of the population is White, 25.5% is Black or African American, 17.8% is Hispanic or Latino, 1.5% is Asian, 0.5% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.7% is two or more races. 87% have a high school degree or higher, and 19.8% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $136,600, there are 182,080 households, an average of 2.68 persons per household. The per capita income is $23,918, the median household income is $49,035, and 17.8% of the persons in Lake County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 34,165. Retail sales (in $1000) were $7,102,425, and sales per capita were $14,455. The percentage of black-owned firms is 18.6%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 31.1%.
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