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Encyclopedia > Merrillville, Indiana
Town of Merrillville, Indiana
Official seal of Town of Merrillville, Indiana
Seal
Location in the state of Indiana
Location in the state of Indiana
Coordinates: 41°29′8″N 87°20′7″W / 41.48556, -87.33528
Country United States
State Indiana
County Lake
Area
 - Total 33.3 sq mi (86.3 km²)
 - Land 33.3 sq mi (86.2 km²)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km²)
Elevation 656 ft (200 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 30,560
 - Density 918.2/sq mi (354.5/km²)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 46410-46411
Area code(s) 219
FIPS code 18-48528GR2
GNIS feature ID 0439028GR3
Website: www.merrillville.in.gov

Merrillville (pronounced /ˈmɛrəlˌvɪl/) is a town in Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 30,560 at the 2000 census. Merrillville is located in the east-central portion of Lake County. Image File history File linksMetadata Merrillville_seal. ... Image File history File links Lake_County_Indiana_Incorporated_and_Unincorporated_areas_Merrillville_Highlighted. ... For other uses, see Indiana (disambiguation). ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states... For other uses, see Indiana (disambiguation). ... Listed are the 92 counties of the U.S. state of Indiana. ... Lake County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... To help compare sizes of different geographic regions, we list here areas between 10 km² (1000 hectares) and 100 km² (10,000 hectares). ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ...  CST or UTC-6 The Central Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting six hours from UTC during standard time (UTC-6) and five hours during daylight saving time (UTC-5). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Although DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ...  CST or UTC-6 The Central Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting six hours from UTC during standard time (UTC-6) and five hours during daylight saving time (UTC-5). ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Mr. ... Area code 219 is a North American Numbering Plan area code for Northwest Indiana that includes Lake, Porter, La Porte, Newton, Jasper and counties. ... Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the U.S. Federal government for use by all (non-military) government agencies and by government contractors. ... GNIS (The Geographic Names Information System) contains name and locative information about almost two million physical and cultural features located throughout the United States of America and its Territories. ... Lake County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. ... For other uses, see Indiana (disambiguation). ...

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Geography

Merrillville is located at 41°29′8″N, 87°20′7″W (41.485669, -87.335390)GR1.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 86.3 km² (33.3 mi²). 86.2 km² (33.3 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it (0.09%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


The town is centered around the intersection of US 30 and Interstate 65. The Lincoln Highway runs through Merrillville. The original alignment of Lincoln Highway is known as 73rd Avenue (also called Old Lincoln Highway) in Merrillville, while the current Lincoln Highway (US Highway 30) is known as 81st Avenue. State Road 53 (Broadway) and State Road 55 (Taft Street) traverse the town from north to south. United States Highway 30 is an east-west United States highway that traverses the United States. ... Interstate 65 (abbreviated I-65) is an Interstate Highway in the United States. ... Lincoln Highway bridge in Tama, Iowa The Lincoln Highway was the first transcontinental highway in the United States. ... U.S. Route 30 is an east-west main route of the system of United States Numbered Highways. ... State Road 53 in the U.S. State of Indiana is a state highway in northwest Indiana that runs from U.S. Route 231 in Crown Point north to Gary at the main gate of the U.S. Steel plant. ... State Road 55 is a north-south road in Northern and Central Indiana. ...


History

Merrillville is located on what used to be woodland that belonged to the Potawatomi Indians, a peace-loving nation of hunters and fishermen. In 1834, a clearing was created for ceremonial purposes and was called McGwinn Village. A year later, a white man by the name of Jeremiah Wiggins settled in the place; McGwinn Village thus gave way to Wiggins Point.[1] Rain dance, Kansas, c. ...


Under the name Wiggins Point, the place became a well-known stop for wagon trains heading to Joliet, Illinois. At one time, 16 trails radiated outward from Wiggins Point. In 1838, Wiggins died. Sometime afterwards, local settlers renamed the place Centerville. Later still, it was renamed Merrillville after the brothers Dudley and William Merrill.[2] Dudley Merrill operated a hotel and store in Centerville, and his son John P. Merrill was a Township Trustee. [3] Incorporated City in 1834. ...


Nearby, in the same former hunting grounds of the Potawatomi Indians, other settlements had sprung up. Near Deep River creek was a settlement named Deep River; near Turkey Creek was another settlement with that creek's name. Other settlements included Ainsworth, Lottaville, and Rexville. At one time, the post office for the area was named Lottaville.


In 1848, all of these settlements, including Merrillville (that is, the old McGwinn Village) were collected into one and called Ross Township. As time went by, bits and pieces of Ross Township were taken by Hobart and Crown Point when those towns incorporated. Hobart is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. ... Crown Point is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. ...


In 1971, the area officially became Merrillville (which now includes the old Merrillville as well as other settlements nearby) and was incorporated as a town under Indiana law.[4] At one time, Merrillville was known as the Largest Town in the US, with that distinction now going to Gilbert, Arizona. Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State Counties Maricopa Government  - Mayor Steven M. Berman Area  - City  43. ...


In 1993, a large unincorporated area of Lake County along US 30, east of Mississippi St and west of Indiana 51 was annexed by the neighboring city of Hobart. The residents of this area, although living in unincorporated Ross Township, associated themselves with Merrillville. This is due to the fact that they were served by Merrillville schools and Post Office. As the area continues to be served by the Merrillville post office, local residents and businesses continue to identify themselves as being in Merrillville rather than Hobart. Hobart is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. ...


Due to the unique shape of the annexed areas, someone travelling west on U.S. 30 will enter Lake County in Merrillville, then cross into Hobart, then cross into Merrillville again.

Purdue Technology Center at Ameriplex at the Crossroads in Merrillville
Purdue Technology Center at Ameriplex at the Crossroads in Merrillville

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Economy

Merrillville is a hub for retail trade in Northwest Indiana. The US 30 corridor between Taft Street and Colorado Street harbors a large concentration of big-box retailers, hotels, restaurants, and automobile dealerships. Westfield Southlake, one of the largest shopping malls in Indiana, is located in this area. Northwest Indiana, also known as The Calumet Region, or just The Region, is comprised of Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, and Jasper counties in Indiana. ... A big box is a box that is big. ... Westfield Southlake, formerly Southlake Mall is a shopping mall in Hobart, Indiana. ...


Ameriplex at the Crossroads, an industrial and technology park, opened at Broadway between 93rd Avenue and 101st Avenue in 2005. The development is designated an Indiana Certified Technology Park and includes two Purdue University related facilities: Purdue University Calumet's Academic Learning Center and a business incubator/technology center operated by the Purdue Research Foundation. Purdue redirects here. ... Purdue University Calumet first opened for classes at its current site in 1951 after having started offering classes in Hammond in 1946. ...


Heavy industry such as steelmaking and petroleum refining that characterizes the economy of northern Lake County does not have a significant presence in Merrillville. Heavy industry does not have a single fixed meaning compared to light industry. ... Steelmaking is the second step in producing steel from iron ore. ... View of Shell Oil Refinery in Martinez, California. ...


The town is home to the corporate headquarters of NiSource, a Fortune 500 company. NiSource is an energy supply corporation headquartered in Merrillville, Indiana. ...


Merrillville's nearest commercial airport is Gary/Chicago International Airport in Gary. FAA diagram of GYY Gary/Chicago International Airport (IATA: GYY, ICAO: KGYY, FAA LID: GYY) is a public airport located three miles (5 km) northwest of the central business district of Gary, a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. ...


Merrillville is also protected by one of Indiana's largest volunteer fire departments, the Ross Township Fire Service.


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 30,560 people, 11,678 households, and 8,127 families residing in the town. The population density was 354.5/km² (918.2/mi²). There were 12,303 housing units at an average density of 142.7/km² (369.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 69.65% White, 22.86% African American, 0.33% Native American, 1.51% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.39% from other races, and 2.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.65% of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 11,678 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.12. Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the town the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 91.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.


The median income for a household in the town was $49,545, and the median income for a family was $56,355. Males had a median income of $41,820 versus $29,005 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,293. About 2.6% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Notable People from Merrillville

Karen McDougal (born March 23, 1971) is an American model and actress. ... For other uses, see Playboy (disambiguation). ... 2004 Playmate of the Year Carmella DeCesare meets with fans A Playmate is a female model featured in the centerfold/gatefold of Playboy magazine as Playmate of the Month (or PMOM). ... Guy Sternberg Guy Sternberg is the owner and operator of Starhill Forest Arboretum in Petersburg, Illinois. ... Gregg Popovich (Popović/Поповић in Serbian (born January 28, 1949 in East Chicago, Indiana) is the head coach of the NBAs San Antonio Spurs. ... NBA redirects here. ... For other persons named Eugene Wilson, see Eugene Wilson Eugene W. Wilson II (born August 17, 1980 in Merrillville, Indiana) is an American football player and a free safety for the New England Patriots. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ...

External links

  • Merrillville, Indiana is at coordinates 41°29′08″N 87°20′07″W / 41.485669, -87.33539Coordinates: 41°29′08″N 87°20′07″W / 41.485669, -87.33539

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