Introduction to Cedar Lake, Indiana

Cedar Lake, Indiana, in Lake county, is 15 miles S of Hammond, Indiana (center to center) and 36 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. There are an estimated 9,279 people living in the town.

Cedar Lake History

Cedar Lake was originally inhabited by the Native Americans, though white settlers entered the area in the 1870s. The Cedar Lake Post Office was opened 1870. The Monon Railroad first entered the area in 1882. It became a popular lakeside resort for Chicagoans during the late 1800s. Cedar Lake was incorporated into the state in 1970. The town was named after the lake, which was previously known as Red Cedar Lake. It is located in Lake county, which was formed in 1837.

Cedar Lake and nearby Attractions

  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Lake of the Red Cedars Museum
  • Deep River Waterpark
  • Lake county Historical Museum
  • La Salle State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Pines Peak Family Ski Area

Things To Do In Cedar Lake

The Lemon Lake County Park and Buckley Homestead County Park are close by. The Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum, Matteson Historical Museum, and Midwest Carvers Museum are among the history museums in the area. Cedar Lake, The Monastery Golf Club and South Shore Country Club are in the area. In addition, the Cedar Lake Summerfest is held in the month of June every year.

Cedar Lake Transportation

Chicago Midway International Airport is the closest airport to the city.

Cedar Lake Higher Education

Indiana University - Northwest, Purdue University - Calumet Campus, and Ivy Tech State College - Northwest provide higher education in the area.


Total Population 11,757
Male Share of the Population 51.7%
Female Share of the Population 48.3%
Senior Citizens 10.1%
Employed Population 16+ 5,309
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 53.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $67,329
% Above Poverty Level 90.4%
% Below Poverty Level 9.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 33 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 21.3%
Median Gross Rent $830
Median House Value $159,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.7%
US/American 0%
English 9%
Irish 20.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Cedar Lake Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles S of Hammond, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 36 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 46303
Phone Area Codes 219
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.364
Longitude -87.441

Cedar Lake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LOWELL
Distance 6.9 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 40 inches
Distance 15.7 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 29 F
Apr Temp 39 to 58 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.6 inches
Distance 26.2 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 30 F
Apr Temp 39 to 57 F
Jul Temp 64 to 82 F
Oct Temp 44 to 62 F
Annual Precip 37.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Cedar Lake, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Cook (46303)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Crown Point 28,444 $77,064
Dyer 16,257 $90,907
Lowell 9,400 $68,011
Merrillville 35,322 $63,060
Schererville 28,987 $85,441
St. John 15,789 $108,580

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Cedar Lake High Schools

10120 W 133RD ST
Serves 528 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.8

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