Merrillville, Indiana Population 2021

34,884
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Merrillville is a city located in Lake County Indiana. With a 2020 population of 34,884, it is the 28th largest city in Indiana and the 1130th largest city in the United States . Merrillville is currently growing at a rate of 0.13% annually but its population has decreased by -1.03% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 35,246 in 2010. Merrillville reached it's highest population of 35,466 in 2014. Spanning over 33 miles, Merrillville has a population density of 1,051 people per square mile.

The average household income in Merrillville is $70,715 with a poverty rate of 13.21%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,082 per month, and the median house value is $136,100. The median age in Merrillville is 38.2 years, 37.1 years for males, and 39.8 years for females.

Merrillville Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Merrillville was:

  • Black or African American: 42.55%
  • White: 42.51%
  • Other race: 7.34%
  • Two or more races: 6.03%
  • Asian: 1.17%
  • Native American: 0.32%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.09%
The current population of Merrillville, Indiana is 34,884 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 34,746.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 35,246.

Merrillville, Indiana Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American14,84542.55%
White14,83142.51%
Some Other Race2,5627.34%
Two or More Races2,1036.03%
Asian4071.17%
American Indian and Alaska Native1100.32%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander310.09%
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Merrillville Population by Race

Merrillville Population Pyramid $2021

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Merrillville Median Age

38.2


Total

37.1


Male

39.8


Female

Merrillville Adults

There are 26,418 adults, (5,548 of whom are seniors) in Merrillville.

Merrillville Age Dependency

67.2

Age Dependency Ratio

26.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Merrillville Sex Ratio

Female

18,469

52.94%

Male

16,420

47.06%

Merrillville Population by Age

Merrillville Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Merrillville Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married83.3%16.7%
Male74.1%25.9%
All63.9%36.1%
Female49.8%50.2%
Non Family48.9%51.1%

63.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Merrillville Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All14,0502.4563.9
Non Family5,6261.1748.9
Married5,4273.383.3
Female2,0953.2949.8
Male9023.4174.1

3.25

Average Family Size

2.45

Average Household Size

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Merrillville Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7663.26%
9th to 12th Grade1,6196.88%
High School Graduate7,90633.62%
Some College5,42923.09%
Associates Degree2,0348.65%
Bachelors Degree3,72515.84%
Graduate Degree2,0368.66%
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Merrillville Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Merrillville Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White10,3559,3162,570
Black9,6488,8752,533
Hispanic2,8092,381467
Other Race1,4521,100277
2+ Races557468108
Asian241241119
Native American11084
Islander31314

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 49.38%.

Merrillville Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$40,566$51,825$32,459
Less Than 9th Grade$20,826$35,333$16,332
High School Graduate$35,663$39,257$29,829
Some College$37,632$53,971$30,602
Bachelors Degree$50,783$66,964$40,156
Graduate Degree$52,986$66,298$51,837

$40,566

Average Earnings

$51,825

Average Male

$32,459

Average Female

Merrillville Earnings by Educational Attainment

Merrillville Language by Age

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Merrillville Language

89.04% of Merrillville residents speak only English, while 10.96% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 7.59% of the population.

Merrillville Language

Merrillville Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black14,7012,09514.25%
White12,5801,35110.74%
Hispanic5,64497317.24%
Other2,50456522.56%
Multiple2,08540219.28%

13.21%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.91%

Male Poverty Rate

14.37%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Merrillville

The race most likely to be in poverty in Merrillville is Other, with 22.56% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Merrillville is White, with 10.74% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.41%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.85%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 15.58%.

Merrillville Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade19.32%
Some College9.16%
High School9.16%
Bachelors or Greater6.46%

Merrillville Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed28.34%
Female Unemployed27.93%
Female Employed8.73%
Male Employed4.84%

Merrillville Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Merrillville Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$60,803$70,715
Families$72,895$82,266
Married Families$83,701-
Non Families$37,293$51,560
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Income by Household Type

Merrillville Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

41.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.2%

Male Marriage Rate

38.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Merrillville Married by Age and Sex

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Merrillville Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Merrillville Marital Status by Race

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Merrillville Marital Status

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2,261

Number of Veterans

1,959

Male Veterans

302

Female Veterans

War Veterans
First Gulf War622
Vietnam536
Second Gulf War324
Korea124
World War II86

Merrillville Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54605
75+564
55 to 64512
65 to 74421
18 to 34159

Merrillville Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
Black9788.95%
White9537.66%
Hispanic3149.33%
Other Race19711.18%
2+ Races13315.39%

Merrillville Veterans by Race

Merrillville Veterans by Education

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3.97%

Veteran Poverty Rate

34.57%

Veteran Disability Rate

Merrillville Veterans by Education

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65.9%

Labor Force Participation

61.5%

Employment Rate

6.6%

Unemployment Rate

Merrillville Employment by Age

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Merrillville Employment by Race

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Merrillville Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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56.37%

Born in Merrillville

94.19%

Native Born

5.81%

Foreign Born

2.55%

Non Citizen

3.26%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

94.19% of Merrillville residents were born in the United States, with 56.37% having been born in Indiana. 2.55% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Merrillville Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202134,884460.13%
202034,838460.13%
201934,792460.13%
201834,746-46-0.13%
201734,792-176-0.50%
201634,968-217-0.62%
201535,185-281-0.79%
201435,4661520.43%
201335,31460.02%
201235,308400.11%
201135,2683070.88%
201034,9614,4011.35%
200030,5603,3031.15%
199027,257-420-0.15%
198027,67711,7595.69%
197015,91815,71815.71%
19402000.00%

Merrillville Population by Year