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Hammond, Indiana
City of Hammond
Flag of Hammond, Indiana
Hammond's location in Lake County (left)and the state of Indiana (right).
Hammond's location in Lake County (left)
and the state of Indiana (right).
Country United States United States
State Indiana Indiana
County Lake
Township North
Settled 1847
Incorporated (town) December 4, 1883
Incorporated (city) April 21, 1884
Named for George H. Hammond
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Total 24.89 sq mi (64.46 km2)
 • Land 22.78 sq mi (59.00 km2)
 • Water 2.11 sq mi (5.46 km2)
577–610 ft (176–186 m)
 • Total 80,830
 • Estimate 
 • Density 3,548.3/sq mi (1,370.0/km2)
Standard of living (2008–12)
 • Per capita income $18,148
 • Median home value $94,800
Time zone UTC-6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (Central)
ZIP codes
46320, 46323-25, 46327
Area code 219
FIPS code 18-31000
GNIS feature ID 0435658
Interstates I-80.svg Indiana Toll Road logo 1968.svg I-90.svg I-94.svg
U.S. Routes US 6.svg US 12.svg US 20.svg US 41.svg
State Roads Indiana 152.svg Indiana 312.svg Indiana 912.svg
Waterways Grand Calumet River
Lake Michigan
Amtrak station Hammond-Whiting
South Shore Line station Hammond
Demographics (2010)
White Black Asian
59.4% 22.5% 1.0%
Islander Native Other Hispanic
(any race)
0.0% 0.5% 16.6% 34.1%

Hammond is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. It is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. The population was 80,830 at the 2010 census, replacing Gary as the most populous city in Lake County.


Hammond is located at 41°36′40″N 87°29′35″W / 41.61111°N 87.49306°W / 41.61111; -87.49306 (41.611185, −87.493080).

The city's elevation above sea level ranges from 577 feet (176 m) to 610 feet (186 m). The city sits within the boundaries of the former Lake Chicago. Most of the city is on sandy soil with a layer of black topsoil that varies from non-existent to several feet (a meter or more) thick. Much of the exposed sand has been removed for purposes such as industrial use to make concrete and glass. According to the 2010 census, Hammond has a total area of 24.886 square miles (64.45 km2), of which 22.78 square miles (59.00 km2) (or 91.54%) is land and 2.106 square miles (5.45 km2) (or 8.46%) is water.

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Adjacent cities, towns and villages


Welcome to Hammond
Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 699
1890 5,284 655.9%
1900 12,376 134.2%
1910 20,925 69.1%
1920 36,004 72.1%
1930 65,559 82.1%
1940 70,183 7.1%
1950 87,595 24.8%
1960 111,698 27.5%
1970 107,983 −3.3%
1980 91,985 −14.8%
1990 84,236 −8.4%
2000 83,048 −1.4%
2010 80,830 −2.7%
Est. 2015 77,614 −4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 80,830 people, 29,949 households, and 19,222 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,548.3 inhabitants per square mile (1,370.0/km2). There were 32,945 housing units at an average density of 1,446.2 per square mile (558.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 59.4% White, 22.5% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 13.3% from other races, and 3.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 34.1% of the population.

There were 29,949 households of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.0% were married couples living together, 19.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.8% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.36.

The median age in the city was 33.3 years. 27.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.3% were from 25 to 44; 24.2% were from 45 to 64; and 10.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 83,048 people, 32,026 households and 20,880 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,630.0 per square mile (1,401.4/km²). There were 34,139 housing units at an average density of 1,492.2 per square mile (576.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 72.35% White, 14.57% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 9.32% from other races, and 2.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 21.04% of the population.

There were 32,026 households out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.9% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the city, the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,528, and the median income for a family was $42,221. Males had a median income of $35,778 versus $25,180 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,254. About 12.0% of families and 14.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.7% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.


  • Central Hammond
  • East Hammond
  • Glendale Park
  • Harrison Park
  • Hyde Park
  • Jacob's Square
  • Sohl
  • Hessville
  • North Hammond
  • Robertsdale – The Whiting post office (46394) serves not only the city of Whiting but also this adjacent neighborhood in Hammond, immediately to the west of Whiting. Addresses in this Robertsdale show "Whiting, Indiana." While not legally a part of the city of Whiting, locally the area has long been informally considered to be a culturally integrated part of Whiting. References to Whiting businesses or residents often include those technically from Hammond's Robertsdale neighborhood.
  • South Hammond
  • Columbia Center
  • Forest-Ivanhoe
  • Indi-Illi Park
  • Meadows
  • Sleicher (Slacker)
  • Woodmar


The first permanent residents arrived around 1847 to settle on land between the Grand and Little Calumet rivers, on the south end of Lake Michigan. Those first residents were German farmers newly arrived from Europe looking for land and opportunity. Before that time, the area was a crossroad for Indian tribes, explorers, stagecoach lines and supply lines to the West. Convenient location and abundant fresh water from Lake Michigan led to the beginning of Hammond's industrialization in 1869 with the George H. Hammond Company meat-packing plant following merchants and farmers to the area. Hammond was incorporated on April 21, 1884, and was named after the Detroit butcher. Hammond is one of the oldest cities in Lake County, with Crown Point being the oldest, established in 1834. According to the Encyclopedia of Chicago, George Henry Hammond, a pioneer in the use of refrigerated railcars for the transport of fresh meat, first used this method with his small packing company in Detroit, Michigan. In 1868, Hammond received a patent for a refrigerator car design. In the early 1870s, he built a new plant in northern Indiana along the tracks of the Michigan Central Railroad. By 1873, the George H. Hammond Co. was selling $1 million worth of meat a year; by 1875, sales were nearly $2 million. The company's large packing house in Hammond—the town had taken the name of its most powerful resident—rivaled those located at the Union Stock Yard in Chicago. By the middle of the 1880s, when it built a new plant in Omaha, Nebraska, Hammond was slaughtering over 100,000 cattle a year and owned a fleet of 800 refrigerator cars. After Hammond died in 1886, the company became less important and no longer challenged the giant Chicago packers, who acquired Hammond at the turn of the century and merged it into their National Packing Co.

On June 22, 1918, the Hammond circus train wreck occurred about 5.5 miles (8.9 km) east of the city, killing 86 and injuring 127 persons.

According to the 1960 U.S. Census Hammond's population reached a record high of 111,698 residents.

National Register of Historic Places

The following single properties and national historic districts are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

  • Morse Dell Plain House and Garden
  • Forest-Ivanhoe Residential Historic District
  • Forest-Moraine Residential Historic District
  • Forest-Southview Residential Historic District
  • Glendale Park Historic District
  • Hohman Avenue Commercial Historic District
  • Indi-Illi Park Historic District
  • Northern States Life Insurance Company
  • Pullman-Standard Historic District
  • Roselawn-Forest Heights Historic District
  • Southmoor Apartment Hotel
  • State Bank of Hammond Building
  • State Street Commercial Historic District
  • George John Wolf House

Major businesses

Hammond horseshoe
Horseshoe Casino

According to the city, those businesses employing 200 or more employees in Hammond are:

# Employer # of employees
1 School City of Hammond 2,418
2 Horseshoe Casino 2,094
3 St. Margaret Mercy Healthcare 1,588
4 Lear Seating Corporation 783
5 City of Hammond 760
6 Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad 756
7 Walmart 531
8 Contract Services Group 300
9 Strack and Van Til 284
10 Cargill 256
11 Unilever 252
12 Morrison Construction Company 235
13 Cabela's 214

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