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Lowell, Indiana

Lowell is a small developing town in West Creek and Cedar Creek townships, Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 7,505 at the 2000 census. The population in 2005 was estimated to be around 8,039.

Geography

Lowell is located at (41.292370, -87.415131).

Although it is a small community, Lowell is part of the Chicago metropolitan area, that is, it is classified as a suburb of Chicago, due to its being only about 40 miles away from the Chicago Loop.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.2 square miles (10.8 km²), of which, 4.1 square miles (10.6 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (1.92%) is water.

Located five miles outside 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

As of the census 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/sq mi (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 were 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, and 24.7% were non-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

Events

Lowell Labor Day Parade & Harvest of Fun. 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 and Legend of Sleepy is another event that tells about the Headless Horeseman.

Famous Lowellians

Jo Anne Worley and American Idol Season 7 finalist Amy Davis were born and raised in Lowell.

Public libraries

The Lowell Public Library is located at 1505 East Commercial Avenue in Lowell. The library also has branches in the nearby communities of Shelby and Schneider.

Lowell Public Library is currently not an official branch of the Lake County Public Library system. For several years, Lake County Libraries have attempted to consolidate Lowell Public Library, but Lowell has refused citing that its Shelby and Schneider branches would be lost.

External links

References

1. Kenneth J. Schoon, Calumet Beginnings, 2003

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