Merrillville, Indiana Population 2024

35,853

Merrillville is a city located in Lake County Indiana. Merrillville has a 2024 population of 35,853. Merrillville is currently declining at a rate of -0.53% annually and its population has decreased by -1.65% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 36,455 in 2020.

The average household income in Merrillville is $79,566 with a poverty rate of 14.46%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Merrillville is 39.1 years, 36.9 years for males, and 43.2 years for females.

Merrillville Demographics

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

  • Black or African American: 46.26%
  • White: 38.31%
  • Two or more races: 9.39%
  • Other race: 5.01%
  • Asian: 0.93%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.07%
  • Native American: 0.04%
State
Indiana
Land Area (mi²)
33.2 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,080.10/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-1.65% (-602)
The current population of Merrillville, Indiana is 35,853 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 36,455.

Merrillville, Indiana Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
Black or African American16,75146.26%
White13,87238.31%
Two or more races3,3999.39%
Other race1,8155.01%
Asian3350.93%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander260.07%
Native American160.04%
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Black or African American

White

Two or more races

Other race

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Native American

Merrillville Population by Race

Merrillville Population Pyramid 2024

Merrillville Median Age

39.1

Total

36.9

Male

43.2

Female

Merrillville Adults

There are 28,087 adults, (7,181 of whom are seniors) in Merrillville.

Merrillville Age Dependency

73.2

Age Dependency Ratio

34.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Merrillville Sex Ratio

Female18,93752.29%
Male17,27747.71%

Merrillville Population by Age

Merrillville Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All15,1762.3567.232.8
Non Family6,8021.1257.442.6
Married4,9373.3985.214.8
Female2,2993.3751.148.9
Male1,1383.1780.219.8
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3.27

Average Family Size

2.35

Average Household Size

67.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Merrillville Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Merrillville Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Merrillville Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 76.33%.

Merrillville Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$47,493

Average Earnings

$55,359

Average Male

$41,170

Average Female

Merrillville Earnings by Educational Attainment

Merrillville Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Merrillville Language

87.49% of Merrillville residents speak only English, while 12.51% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 7.85% of the population.

Merrillville Language

Merrillville Poverty by Race

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Black16,5192,71816.45%
White11,6871,39811.96%
Multiple3,28257617.55%
Hispanic6,2425629%
Other1,78423112.95%
Asian33513239.4%
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14.46%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.44%

Male Poverty Rate

15.4%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Merrillville

The race most likely to be in poverty in Merrillville is Asian, with 39.4% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Merrillville is Hispanic, with 9% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.14%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.63%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.94%.

Merrillville Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade20.37%
Some College15.44%
High School10.93%
Bachelors or Greater3.71%
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Merrillville Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed27.82%
Male Unemployed15.98%
Female Employed8.05%
Male Employed5.65%
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Merrillville Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Merrillville Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Merrillville Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

36.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

39.0%

Male Marriage Rate

33.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Merrillville Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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 45-54.

Merrillville Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Merrillville Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

2,130

Number of Veterans

1,875

Male Veterans

255

Female Veterans

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Merrillville Veterans by War

count

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Merrillville Veterans by Age

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Merrillville Veterans by Race

Merrillville Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

2.74%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.92%

Veteran Disability Rate

Merrillville Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

61.5%

Labor Force Participation

56.4%

Employment Rate

8.2%

Unemployment Rate

Merrillville Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Merrillville Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Merrillville Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

54.2%

Born in Merrillville

93.7%

Native Born

6.3%

Foreign Born

2.48%

Non Citizen

3.83%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

93.7% of Merrillville residents were born in the United States, with 54.2% having been born in Indiana. 2.48% 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

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202934,903-190-0.54%
202835,093-190-0.54%
202735,283-190-0.54%
202635,473-190-0.53%
202535,663-190-0.53%
202435,853-190-0.53%
202336,043-190-0.52%
202236,233-190-0.52%
202136,423-32-0.09%
202036,4551,6094.62%
201934,846700.2%
201834,776-31-0.09%
201734,807-180-0.51%
201634,987-214-0.61%
201535,201-279-0.79%
201435,4801580.45%
201335,32270.02%
201235,315440.12%
201135,2713110.89%
201034,9604,40014.4%
200030,5603,30312.12%
199027,257-420-1.52%
198027,67711,75973.87%
197015,91815,7187859%
1940200
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Merrillville Population by Year