Lake County, Indiana is part of Northwest Indiana and the Chicago Metropolitan Area. Its location gives it considerable strategic advantage in terms of its easy accessibility and a favorable demographic profile. It is the second largest county in the state of Indiana by population, which presently stands at 491,456. The median age of Lake County residents is 33 which gives it an immense demographic dividend in terms of economic growth potential. This is reflected in the county’s employment figures.
It boasts of the second largest resident labor force in the state of Indiana at 221,661 of which 201,229 are employed. The presence of numerous well ranked schools, colleges and universities in the county ensure that there is a steady output of trained manpower in the region. Some of the well known universities of the area include the Purdue University-Calumet, University of Phoenix, Indiana Northwest University and the Ivytech Northwest University. The area is also home to a number of domestic and multinational businesses like BP, Cargill, Dietrich Industries, Arcelor Mittal, Pepsi America, Unilever and US Steel.