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History

The Town of Lowell was founded in 1852 by Melvin Halsted.  He built a flour mill which was pivitol to the economy of South Lake County.  Halsted named his new village Lowell because its milling industries resembled the New England town of Lowell, Massachusetts.  He also constructed a church, brick schoolhouse, and the first brick house in the Lowell area with 400,000 bricks burned from his own kiln.  Melvin and his family moved in to the house in the spring of 1850.  The house, which has been restored by the Three Creeks Historical Association, stands at the corner of Main and Halsted Streets.  It is open to the public as a museum.  For more history on the Town of Lowell, please visit the Lowell Public Library website at www.lowellpl.lib.in.us/history.htm

The Lowell Labor Day Parade is the oldest, consecutive running parade in the State of Indiana.

Geography

Lowell is a town in West Creek and Cedar Creek townships, Lake County, Indiana.  The town has a total area of 5.27 square miles.

Demographics

As of the 2010 census, there were 9,276 people (estimated to be 9,381 in 2013), 3,392 households, and 2,500 families residing in the town.  The population density was 1,790.7 inhabitants per square mile.  There were 3,620 housing units at an average density of 698.8 per square mile.  The racial makeup of the town was 95.9% White, 0.5% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.7% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races.  Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.9% of the population.

There were 3,392 households of which 39.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.3% were non-familites.  21.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.  The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.16.

The median age in the Town was 35.7 years.  26.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.8% were from 24 to 44; 25.1% were from 45 to 64; and 11.7% were 65 years of age or older.  The gender makeup of the town was 49.2% male and 50.5% female.