Lowell, Indiana

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Lowell, Indiana
Town
Commercial Avenue in downtown Lowell
Commercial Avenue in downtown Lowell
Motto: "Proud Past Bright Future"
Location in the state of Indiana
Location in the state of Indiana
Coordinates: 41°18′N 87°25′W / 41.300°N 87.417°W / 41.300; -87.417Coordinates: 41°18′N 87°25′W / 41.300°N 87.417°W / 41.300; -87.417
Country United States
State Indiana
County Lake
Township West Creek, Cedar Creek
Settled 1834
Incorporated 1852
Government
 • Founder Melvin Amos Halsted
Area[1]
 • Total 5.27 sq mi (13.65 km2)
 • Land 5.18 sq mi (13.42 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)
Elevation 669 ft (204 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 9,276
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 9,340
 • Density 1,790.7/sq mi (691.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 46356
Area code(s) 219
FIPS code 18-45144[4]
GNIS feature ID 0438358[5]
Website http://www.lowell.net/

Lowell is a town in West Creek and Cedar Creek townships, Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 9,276 at the 2010 census. Lowell was platted in 1853.[6]

Geography[edit]

Lowell is located at 41°18′N 87°25′W / 41.300°N 87.417°W / 41.300; -87.417 (41.2924, -87.4151).[7]

According to the 2010 census, the town has a total area of 5.27 square miles (13.6 km2), of which 5.18 square miles (13.4 km2) (or 98.29%) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) (or 1.71%) is water.[1]

Located five miles outside of the Great Lakes Basin, Lowell sought permission to pipe in lake water to replace city water drawn from its high fluoride deep wells. However, diversion of water out of the Great Lakes requires the approval of the Great Lakes Commission, which includes representatives of all the US states and Canadian provinces that border on the lakes. Lowell's request was turned down in 1991.

Lowell lies on the Valparaiso Moraine, almost on the Kankakee Outwash Plain. The town also lies near the St. Lawrence Seaway Divide.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 1,275
1910 1,235 −3.1%
1920 1,197 −3.1%
1930 1,274 6.4%
1940 1,448 13.7%
1950 1,621 11.9%
1960 2,270 40.0%
1970 3,839 69.1%
1980 5,827 51.8%
1990 6,430 10.3%
2000 7,505 16.7%
2010 9,276 23.6%

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 9,276 people, 3,392 households, and 2,500 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,790.7 inhabitants per square mile (691.4 /km2). There were 3,620 housing units at an average density of 698.8 per square mile (269.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.9% White, 0.5% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.7% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.9% of the population.

There were 3,392 households of which 39.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.3% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.16.

The median age in the town was 35.7 years. 26.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.8% were from 25 to 44; 25.1% were from 45 to 64; and 11.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.2% male and 50.8% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 7,505 people, 2,697 households, and 2,030 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,839.2 people per square mile (710.2/km²). There were 2,809 housing units at an average density of 688.4 per square mile (265.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.30% White, 0.03% African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.12% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race was 3.53% of the population.

There were 2,697 households, out of which 39.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.2% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present who are very strong, and 24.7% were nonconforming-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74, and the average family size was 3.19.

In the town, the population was spread out with 28.6% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 31.1% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $49,173, and the median income for a family was $54,797. Males had a median income of $45,023, versus $23,378 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,752. About 5.6% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.8% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.

Schools[edit]

  • Lowell Senior High School (Lowell, Indiana)
  • Lowell Middle School (Lowell, Indiana)
  • Lake Prairie Elementary School (Lowell, Indiana)
  • Oak Hill Elementary School (Lowell, Indiana)
  • Three Creeks Elementary School (Lowell, Indiana)
  • Lowell Christian Academy (Lowell, Indiana)
  • St.Edwards Catholic School (Lowell, Indiana) *Pre-School Only

Events[edit]

Lowell Labor Day Parade & Labor Day Fest. Lowell hosts the oldest Labor Day parade in Indiana. Buckley Homestead, east of Lowell, hosts a number of events, including a World War II reenactment with authentic weapons, artillery, and tanks. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is another event that takes place in Lowell in September. During the event, the townsfolk search for Ichabod Crain, the only man who can tell the true story the Headless Horseman.

Famous Lowellians[edit]

Some famous residents of Lowell include actress Jo Anne Worley, humanitarian and librarian Mary Emma Allison

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Places: Indiana". 2010 Census Gazetteer Files. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ Howat, William Frederick (1915). A Standard History of Lake County, Indiana, and the Calumet Region, Volume 1. Lewis Publishing Company. p. 136. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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