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Indiana is divided into ninety-two counties. The oldest and newest Counties in Indiana are Knox County (created 1790) and Newton County (created 1857).Many Indiana counties are named for the US Founding Fathers and personalities of the American Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and Battle of Tippecanoe; early leaders of Indiana Territory and Indiana, as well as surrounding states like Michigan and Kentucky; plus Native American tribes and geographical features.

Lake County, Indiana

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Lake County is a county located in the state of Indiana. In 2010, its population was 496,005, making it Indiana's second-most populous county. Lake County was created on February 15, 1837. The county seat is Crown Point. The county is named for its location on Lake Michigan.

This county is part of Northwest Indiana and the Chicago metropolitan area, and contains a mix of urban, suburban and rural areas.

Etymology - Origin of Lake County Name

This county's name references her northern boarder with Lake Michigan.


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Lake County History

Lake County was formally organized February 15, 1837. From 1832 to 1836 the area that was to become Lake County was part of La Porte County. From 1836 to 1837 it was part of Porter County. It was named for its location on Lake Michigan

Lake County is divided into 10 Civil Townships as follows: Calumet, Cedar Creek, Center, Eagle Creek, Hanover, Hobart, North, Ross, St. John, West Creek and Winfield.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 626 square miles (1,622 km2), of which 497 square miles (1,287 km2) is land and 129 square miles (335 km2) (20.65%) is water. Most of the county is fairly flat. However, some hills and ridges do exist. There are many remnants of the ancient shorelines of Lake Michigan. Hoosier Prairie, a portion of what once existed, has been preserved and restored.

Lake county is located in northwest Indiana. As you travel south from the southern shore of Lake Michigan (the northern end of the county), the land gradually rises in elevation until the Valparaiso Moraine is reached. This is the highest area in the county. From there the land descends into the Kankakee Outwash Plain until it reaches the Kankakee River.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Lake Michigan
  • East: Porter County
  • Southeast: Jasper County
  • South: Newton County
  • Southwest: Kankakee County, Ill.
  • West: Will County, Ill.
  • Northwest: Cook County, Ill.


The administration of public schools in Lake County is divided among 16 corporations and governing bodies, more than any other Indiana county

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