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Overview

Introduction to Lake Station, Indiana

Lake Station, Indiana, in Lake county, is 5 miles E of Gary, Indiana and 29 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois. The city is conveniently located inside the Gary metropolitan area.

Lake Station History

This area once served as a depot stop on the Detroit to Chicago railroad. It was initially named Lake Station by George Earle in 1852. The name, however, was changed to East Gary in 1908 to attract executives from the US Steel plant in Gary, Indiana. Urban decay and crime in Gary forced the residents to go back to the original name of "Lake Station" in 1977.

Lake Station and nearby Attractions

  • Deep River
  • Deep River Outdoor Recreation Center
  • Four Winds Park
  • Grand Boulevard Lake
  • Central Shopping Center

Things To Do In Lake Station

The city is host to some interesting local events and celebrations, like the Fuzz Follies, a car show that is organized annually at Riverview Park. The city has also been hosting The Heritage Days Festival since 2004. Both events are usually organized in the month of June. The Deep River and Grand Boulevard Lake are ideal places for relaxation, fishing and swimming. There are several parks in the city as well.

Lake Station Transportation

Gary/ Chicago International Airport is nearby.

Lake Station Higher Education

Ivy Tech State College, Indiana University and Purdue University offer courses for higher studies.

Demographics

People

Total Population12,199
Male Share of the Population50.4%
Female Share of the Population49.6%
Senior Citizens12.3%
Employed Population 16+4,453
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married48.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher7.4%
Median Earnings25+$26,985
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$28,190
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,553

Wealth

Median Family Income$45,009
% Above Poverty Level75.8%
% Below Poverty Level24.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home0.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.3%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone18.3%
Median Gross Rent$840
Median House Value$81,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)45%
Irish16.3%
Polish8.8%
Italian5.1%
English4.3%
Dutch2.4%
Scottish1.5%
French Except Basque1.4%
Hungarian1.2%
Serbian1%
Greek1%
Slovak0.9%
Canadian0.9%
Macedonian0.8%
Swedish0.7%
Swiss0.6%
Russian0.6%
Welsh0.4%
Australian0.4%
Norwegian0.4%
Lithuanian0.3%
Finnish0.2%
Belgian0.2%
German0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Arab0.1%
Albanian0.1%
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Lake Station Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lake County
Standard Zip Codes46405
Phone Area Codes219
Time ZoneAmerica/Indiana/Indianapolis
Approximate Latitude41.57
Approximate Longitude-87.26

Lake Station Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationHOBART 2 WNW
Distance2.9 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip38 inches
StationOGDEN DUNES
Distance4.1 miles
Jan Temp16 to 32 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp44 to 65 F
Annual Precip36.3 inches
StationINDIANA DUNES NAT LKSHR
Distance9 miles
Jan Temp15 to 30 F
Apr Temp39 to 57 F
Jul Temp64 to 82 F
Oct Temp44 to 62 F
Annual Precip37.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Burns Harbor1,301$72,772
Gary77,858$35,364
Hobart28,693$73,653
New Chicago1,805$43,824
Ogden Dunes1,138$113,971
Portage37,054$67,604

Lake Station Public Schools

Alexander Hamilton Elementary Sch
2900 Lake St
ZIP: 46405
(219) 962-1824
Primary
Total Enrollment 247
Carl J Polk Elementary School
2460 Vermillion St
ZIP: 46405
(219) 962-1360
Primary
Total Enrollment 196
Henry S Evans Elementary Sch
2915 E 35th Ave
ZIP: 46405
(219) 962-1608
Primary
Total Enrollment 351
Thomas A Edison Jr-sr Hs
3304 Parkside Ave
ZIP: 46405
(219) 962-8531
High
Total Enrollment 622
Virgil I Bailey Elementary School
2100 Union St
ZIP: 46405
(219) 962-1302
Primary
Total Enrollment 384
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