Cedar Lake, Indiana

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Cedar Lake, Indiana

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.

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High Points

Cedar Lake strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Indiana):

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 19% Cedar Lake Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Cedar Lake, Indiana

Comparing Cedar Lake to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Indiana (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 7
Well-Paid Single Men 6 8
Age of the Population 3 3
Senior Citizens 2 1
Racial Diversity 2 7
Female Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 8 9
Portion of People Married 7 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 7 7
People in Middle Class or Better 6 7
Median Family Income 6 8
College Educated Adults 1 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 5 9
Working at Home 4 5
Short Commute Times 2 2
Walking and Biking to Work 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 1
Affordability of Rents 5 2
People Living Alone 4 3
Housing Recently Built 4 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 4 4

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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
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Cedar Lake Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 9,279 100%
Male 4,730 51%
Female 4,549 49%
Under 18 2,645 28.5%
18+ 6,634 71.5%
65+ 819 8.8%
Median Age 33.6
Average Family Size 3.23
White 9,038 97.4%
African-American 8 0.1%
Asian 19 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 22 0.2%
Other 82 0.9%
Mixed Race 110 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 325 3.5%

Estimated Cedar Lake Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 9,901
Growth 622
Growth % 6.7%

Cedar Lake Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 26.7%
Irish 11.7%
Polish 10.3%
US/American 9%
English 6.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.9%
Italian 5.5%
Dutch 4.9%
Swedish 3.2%
French (except Basque) 2.8%
Slovak 1.5%
Hungarian 1.3%
Scotch-Irish 1.2%
French Canadian 0.9%
Norwegian 0.8%
Greek 0.7%
Czech 0.6%
Austrian 0.6%
Serbian 0.5%
Scottish 0.5%
Russian 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
Danish 0.3%
Croatian 0.3%
Romanian 0.3%
Jamaican 0.2%
Pennsylvania German 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Cedar Lake 9,279 $50,431
Crown Point 19,806 $64,274
Dyer 13,895 $68,716
Lowell 7,505 $54,797
Merrillville 30,560 $56,355
Schererville 24,851 $70,474
St. John 8,382 $75,231
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10120 W 133RD ST
Serves 528 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.8

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