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.



Total Population12,268
Male Share of the Population49.3%
Female Share of the Population50.7%
Senior Citizens11.7%
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population35


% of people married47.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher7.7%
Median Earnings25+$25,917
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,688
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,349


Median Family Income$42,236
% Above Poverty Level73.9%
% Below Poverty Level26.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Working from Home1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work1%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%


People Living Alone19.2%
Median Gross Rent$803
Median House Value$81,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)46.7%

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

Lake Station Almanac

Nearest Medium City 5 miles E of Gary, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City29 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake County
Standard Zip Codes46405
Phone Area Codes219
Time ZoneAmerica/Indiana/Indianapolis
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Lake Station Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

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
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
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 Harbor1,326$72,768
New Chicago2,081$49,074
Ogden Dunes1,203$111,875

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

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Lake Station Public Schools

Central Elementary School
2540 Pk St
(219) 962-1656
Thomas A Edison Jr-sr Hs
3304 Parkside Ave
(219) 962-8531
Total Enrollment 658
Alexander Hamilton Elementary Sch
2900 Lake St
(219) 962-1824
Total Enrollment 249
Carl J Polk Elementary School
2460 Vermillion St
(219) 962-1360
Total Enrollment 222
Virgil I Bailey Elementary School
2100 Union St
(219) 962-1302
Total Enrollment 357
Henry S Evans Elementary Sch
2915 East 35th Ave
(219) 962-1608
Total Enrollment 277
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