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Lake Station, Indiana - Basic Facts

The City of Lake Station had a population of 12,604 as of July 1, 2017. Lake Station ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Indiana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Lake Station is located at latitude 41.5767 and longitude -87.2529 in Lake County. The formal boundaries for the City of Lake Station (see map below) encompass a land area of 8.3 sq. miles and a water area of 0.13 sq. miles. Lake County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 620 feet.

The City of Lake Station (GNIS ID: 2395602) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Lake Station is located within Township of Hobart, a minor civil division (MCD) of Lake County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Lake Station population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Lake Station: East Gary.

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Lake Station, IN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 12,604
Daytime Population: Workers 2,738
Daytime Population: Residents 7,705
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 10,443
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.83
Population in Households 12,483
Population in Familes 9,983
Population in Group Qrtrs 121
Population Density2 1,519
Diversity Index3 66


Median Household Income $40,187
Average Household Income $50,591
Per Capita Income $18,549


Total Housing Units 5,229 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,158 (60.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,435 (27.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 636 (12.2%)
Median Home Value $83,469
Average Home Value $94,940


Total Households 4,593
Average Household Size 2.72
Family Households 3,039
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.04% -0.23%
Households 0.05% -0.22%
Families -0.13% -0.39%
Median Household Income   0.83%
Per Capita Income   2.27%

Lake Station, IN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lake Station to the other 680 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Indiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 67 90th
Population Density # 269 61st
Diversity Index # 10 99th
Median Household Income # 554 19th
Per Capita Income # 630 8th

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