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Encyclopedia > Merrillville

Merrillville is a town located in Lake County, Indiana. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 30,560.


Merrillville is located at 4129'8" North, 8720'7" West (41.485669, -87.335390)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 86.3 km (33.3 mi). 86.2 km (33.3 mi) of it is land and 0.1 km (0.04 mi) of it is water. The total area is 0.09% water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there are 30,560 people, 11,678 households, and 8,127 families residing in the town. The population density is 354.5/km (918.2/mi). There are 12,303 housing units at an average density of 142.7/km (369.6/mi). The racial makeup of the town is 69.65% White, 22.86% African American, 0.33% Native American, 1.51% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.39% from other races, and 2.24% from two or more races. 9.65% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 11,678 households out of which 32.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% are married couples living together, 12.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% are non-families. 26.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.57 and the average family size is 3.12.

In the town the population is spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 91.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 86.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $49,545, and the median income for a family is $56,355. Males have a median income of $41,820 versus $29,005 for females. The per capita income for the town is $22,293. 4.3% of the population and 2.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 4.1% of those under the age of 18 and 5.5% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

External links

  • Maps and aerial photos
    • Street map from Mapquest (http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?latlongtype=decimal&latitude=41.485669&longitude=-87.33539&zoom=6)
    • Topographic map from Topozone (http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lat=41.485669&lon=-87.33539&s=200&size=m&layer=DRG100)
    • Aerial photograph from Terraserver (http://terraservice.net/map.aspx?t=1&s=14&lon=-87.33539&lat=41.485669&w=750&h=500)

  Results from FactBites:
Northwest Indiana News: nwitimes.com (718 words)
JOHN J. Anti-city status signs litter Broadway in Merrillville on Monday, a day before voters went to the polls to decide on a referendum that would determine the form of government for Merrillville.
MERRILLVILLE -- Residents sent a clear message at the polls Tuesday, stating they firmly believe Merrillville is "their kind of town."
He said they believe Merrillville is a great town and they're happy with its structure.
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