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Encyclopedia > Northwest Indiana
Northwest Indiana
Map of Northwest Indiana

Common name: The Region
Largest city
Other cities
Gary
 - Hammond
 - Michigan City
 - Portage
Counties   - Jasper
 - Lake
 - LaPorte
 - Newton
 - Porter

Northwest Indiana, also known as The Calumet Region, or just The Region, is comprised of Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, and Jasper counties in Indiana. This region neighbors Chicago, Illinois and Lake Michigan, and is also the Indiana component of the Chicago metropolitan area. Not only does the region include a large group of Chicago suburbs, such as Crown Point, Merrillville, Highland, Munster, Griffith, Schererville, Dyer, and St. John but also a number of cities whose economies are only loosely linked to Chicago's. The largest city in the region is Gary; other notable cities in the region include Hammond, Hobart, Portage, East Chicago, Valparaiso, and Michigan City. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 384 × 600 pixels Full resolution (512 × 800 pixel, file size: 33 KB, MIME type: image/png) Map of Northwest Indiana I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... // Place name Several places in the United States of America are called Gary (in decreasing population order): Gary, Indiana Gary, West Virginia Gary, Minnesota Gary, South Dakota There are other similarly-named towns: Gary City, Texas Garysburg, North Carolina Garyville, Louisiana GNIS also lists the following tiny (or uninhabited) towns... Location in the state of Indiana Coordinates: County Lake Mayor Thomas McDermott, Jr. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Location in the state of Indiana Coordinates: , County Porter Area  - City 71. ... Jasper County is a county located in the state of Indiana. ... Lake County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. ... LaPorte County is a county located in the state of Indiana. ... Newton County is a county located in the state of Indiana. ... Porter County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. ... Lake County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. ... Porter County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. ... LaPorte County is a county located in the state of Indiana. ... Newton County is a county located in the state of Indiana. ... Jasper County is a county located in the state of Indiana. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... --67. ... The Chicago metropolitan area is the metropolitan area associated with the city of Chicago in the United States. ... Crown Point is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. ... Location in the state of Indiana Coordinates: County Lake Area  - City 86. ... Highland is the name of some places in the U.S. state of Indiana: Highland, Lake County, Indiana Highland, Vanderburgh County, Indiana This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Munster is a town in Lake County, Indiana, United States. ... Griffith is a town located in Lake County, Indiana and Calumet Township of Lake County, USA. It is a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, and is located in The Region of Northwest Indiana. ... Schererville is a town in Lake County, Indiana, United States. ... Dyer is a town located in Lake County, Indiana. ... St. ... This article is about the city. ... Location in the state of Indiana Coordinates: County Lake Mayor Thomas McDermott, Jr. ... Hobart is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. ... Location in the state of Indiana Coordinates: , County Porter Area  - City 71. ... East Chicago is a city in Lake County, Indiana, opposite Chicago, Illinois. ... Nickname: Valpo Motto: Vale of Paradise Location in Indiana Coordinates: Country United States State Indiana County Porter Government  - Mayor Jon Costas (R) Area  - City  11. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Overview

Three counties, Lake, Porter, and LaPorte, are served by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission [1], an organization that coordinates economic and infrastructure development in the region. A number of the suburbs serve as bedroom communities for both the major cities in the region and for Chicago. The northern portion of the region is noted for its heavy industry. Gary, Portage, Burns Harbor and East Chicago are home to major steel mills, including the secondary location of U.S. Steel. The region is also the home of other metals industries, chemical refineries, and heavy manufacturing. Heavy industry does not have a single fixed meaning compared to light industry. ... The United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) is an integrated steel producer with major production operations in the United States and Central Europe. ...


Since the 1990s, casino gambling has become a notable component of the region's economy. Four casino boats with approximately 6,500 slots and 250 table games are located in Lake County. An additional 1,724 slots and forty nine table games are in Michigan City. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


The Lake Michigan shore is a major attraction. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, which stretches from Gary to Michigan City, is a well-preserved stretch of sand dunes, beaches, grasslands, and forests, as well as several historical homes and buildings. The five counties of Lake, Porter, Jasper, Newton, and LaPorte are included in the Chicago-Naperville-Michigan City Combined Statistical Area, the broadest of the census defined Metropolitan definitions. Unlike the majority of Indiana, which operates on Eastern Standard Time, these five counties are among seven in Northwestern Indiana that are in the Central Time zone, the other two being Starke and Pulaski. This reflects their close economic integration in the Chicago metropolitan area. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a U.S. national lakeshore authorized by Congress in 1966, is located in Northwest Indiana. ... // Place name Several places in the United States of America are called Gary (in decreasing population order): Gary, Indiana Gary, West Virginia Gary, Minnesota Gary, South Dakota There are other similarly-named towns: Gary City, Texas Garysburg, North Carolina Garyville, Louisiana GNIS also lists the following tiny (or uninhabited) towns... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Lake County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. ... Porter County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. ... Jasper County is a county located in the state of Indiana. ... Newton County is a county located in the state of Indiana. ... LaPorte County is a county located in the state of Indiana. ... Official language(s) English Capital Indianapolis Largest city Indianapolis Area  Ranked 38th  - Total 36,418 sq mi (94,321 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 270 miles (435 km)  - % water 1. ... Metronome, a public art installation showing the time in New York City The Eastern Time Zone (ET) of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of Northern America and the west coast of South America. ...  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). ... Starke County is a county located in the state of Indiana. ... Pulaski County is a county located in the state of Indiana. ... The Chicago metropolitan area is the metropolitan area associated with the city of Chicago in the United States. ...


Four major universities are located in the region: Valparaiso University in Valparaiso (the largest private Lutheran University in the United States), Indiana University Northwest (IUN) in Gary, Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, and Purdue University North Central in Westville. Along with several smaller colleges and universities in Northwest Indiana, these institutions offer a variety of degree programs in areas including business administration, engineering and engineering technology, law, education, computing and information technology, and the liberal arts. Additionally, Northwest Indiana is proximate to numerous other universities elsewhere in Indiana and in the Chicago metropolitan area. Valparaiso University, known colloquially as Valpo, is a private university located in the city of Valparaiso, Indiana. ... Nickname: Valpo Motto: Vale of Paradise Location in Indiana Coordinates: Country United States State Indiana County Porter Government  - Mayor Jon Costas (R) Area  - City  11. ... Indiana University Northwest   Indiana University Northwest (IUN) is a regional campus in the Indiana University system located in Gary, Indiana. ... This article is about the city. ... Purdue University Calumet first opened for classes at its current site in 1951 after having started offering classes in Hammond in 1946. ... Location in the state of Indiana Coordinates: County Lake Mayor Thomas McDermott, Jr. ... Purdue University North Central is a regional campus within the Purdue University system that is located in rural LaPorte County near Westville, Indiana in northwestern Indiana. ... Westville is a town located in LaPorte County, Indiana. ...


Counties

Jasper County is a county located in the state of Indiana. ... Lake County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. ... LaPorte County is a county located in the state of Indiana. ... Newton County is a county located in the state of Indiana. ... Porter County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. ...

Census Bureau population statistics

Census Area Census 2000 1990 Census 1980 Census 1970 Census 1960 Census 1950 Census
Jasper County, Indiana 30,043 24,960 26,138 20,429 18,842 17,031
Lake County, Indiana 484,564 475,594 522,965 546,253 513,269 368,152
LaPorte County, Indiana 110,106 107,066 108,632 105,342 95,111 76,808
Newton County, Indiana 14,566 13,551 14,844 11,606 11,502 11,006
Porter County, Indiana 146,798 128,932 119,816 87,114 60,279 40,076

2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... The Twenty-first United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 248,709,873, an increase of 9. ... The Twetieth United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 226,542,199, an increase of 11. ... The Nineteenth United States Census was taken in 1970. ... The Eighteenth United States Census was taken in 1960. ... The Seventeenth United States Census was taken in 1950. ... Jasper County is a county located in the state of Indiana. ... Lake County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. ... LaPorte County is a county located in the state of Indiana. ... Newton County is a county located in the state of Indiana. ... Porter County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. ...

Transportation

Major airports

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. ...

Commuter rail

The South Shore Line is an electrically powered interurban streetcar line operated by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) between Randolph Street Terminal in downtown Chicago, Illinois and the South Bend Regional Airport in South Bend, Indiana. ... South Bend, see South Bend (disambiguation). ... This article is about the city. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

Major highways

Image File history File links I-65. ... Interstate 65 (abbreviated I-65) is an Interstate Highway in the United States. ... Image File history File links I-80. ... Interstate 80 (abbreviated I-80) is the second-longest Interstate Highway in the United States. ... Image File history File links I-90. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 90 Interstate 90 (abbreviated I-90) is the longest interstate highway in the United States at nearly 3,100 miles (5,000 kilometers). ... Image File history File links Indiana_Toll_Road_logo_1968. ... Image File history File links I-94. ... Interstate 94 (abbreviated I-94) is the northernmost east-west interstate highway, connecting the Great Lakes and Intermountain regions of the United States. ... Image File history File links US_6. ... U.S. Route 6 is a main route of the U.S. Highway system, running east-northeast from Bishop, California to Provincetown, Massachusetts. ... Image File history File links US_12. ... U.S. Route 12, or US 12, is an east-west United States highway running from downtown Detroit almost 2500 miles (4000 km) to Grays Harbor on the Pacific Ocean in the state of Washington. ... Image File history File links US_20. ... U.S. Highway 20 is an east-west United States highway. ... Image File history File links US_30. ... U.S. Route 30 is an east-west main route of the system of United States Numbered Highways. ... Image File history File links US_35. ... ... Image File history File links US_41. ... U.S. Route 41 is a north-south United States Highway that runs from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to Miami, Florida. ... Image File history File links US_231. ... U.S. Highway 231 is a spur of U.S. Highway 31. ... Image File history File links US_421. ... U.S. Highway 421 is a spur of U.S. Highway 21. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Indiana State Road 2 in the U.S. State of Indiana is an east-west route running from the Illinois border at Illinois Route 17 east to the outskirts of South Bend, Indiana at the U.S. 20/31 freeway, also known as the St. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... State Road 10 is an east-west road in northwest Indiana. ... Image File history File links Indiana_49. ... State Road 49 in the U.S. State of Indiana is a state highway in northwest Indiana. ... Image File history File links Indiana_53. ... 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. ... Image File history File links Indiana_912. ... Known along its entire length as Cline Avenue, SR 912 is a freeway north of the Borman Expressway (Interstates 80-94), and a local access road serving Griffith south of the Borman. ...

Area codes

Area code 219 is a North American Numbering Plan area code for Northwest Indiana that includes Lake, Porter, La Porte, Newton, Jasper and counties. ... Area code 574 is a North American Numbering Plan area code for North Central Indiana. ...

Local Media

The Times of Northwest Indiana is a daily newspaper headquartered in Munster, Indiana. ... The Post-Tribune of Northwest Indiana (formerly the Gary Post-Tribune) is a daily newspaper headquartered in Merrillville, Indiana, United States. ... WYIN is a public television station in Gary, Indiana, serving the Chicago, Illinois market on channel 56 as a PBS member station. ... WJOB is an AM Station broadcasting on 1230 kHz in Hammond, Indiana east of the Chicago metropolitan area. ... WIMS is an AM Station broadcasting on 1420 kHz in Michigan City, Indiana, and serves the northwest Indiana listening area. ... WWCA (1270 AM) is a radio station in Gary, Indiana. ...

Region Natives

The Chicago metropolitan area is the metropolitan area associated with the city of Chicago in the United States. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Image File history File links Chicagoland_Map. ... The United States Census of year 2000, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... Nickname: Location in the Chicago Metropolitan Area Country State Counties Kane, DuPage, Kendall and Will Founded 1837 Government  - Mayor Tom Weisner (D) Area  - City 39. ... Incorporated City in 1902. ... Incorporated Village in 1965. ... Calumet City is a city located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Chicago Heights is a city located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Crystal Lake is a city located in southeastern McHenry County in northeastern Illinois. ... DeKalb is a city in DeKalb County, Illinois, United States. ... Incorporated City in 1925. ... East Chicago is a city in Lake County, Indiana, opposite Chicago, Illinois. ... Incorporated City in 1854. ... Incorporated Village in 1982. ... Incorporated City in 1872. ... This article is about the city. ... Location in the state of Indiana Coordinates: County Lake Mayor Thomas McDermott, Jr. ... Harvey is a city located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Incorporated City in 1869. ... Incorporated City in 1834. ... Nickname: K-town Keno Kenowhere Location of Kenosha within Wisconsin Coordinates: Country United States State Wisconsin Counties Kenosha Settled 1836 Government  - Mayor John M. Antaramian Population  - City 96,845  - Density  3,795. ... Incorporated City in 1890. ... North Chicago is a city located in Lake County, Illinois. ... The City of Park Ridge The city of Park Ridge is an affluent suburb of Chicago in Cook County in the United States. ... Location in the state of Indiana Coordinates: , County Porter Area  - City 71. ... Waukegan is a city in Lake County, Illinois, of which it is the county seat. ... Incorporated City in 1859. ... The United States Census of year 2000, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... Addison is a village located in DuPage County, Illinois. ... Incorporated Village in 1836. ... Incorporated Village in 1891. ... Incorporated Village in 1965. ... Incorporated Village in 1958. ... Incorporated Village in 1959. ... View of Carpentersville from the cemetery, 1898 Carpentersville is a village in Kane County, Illinois, USA. The population was 30,586 at the 2000 census. ... Incorporated Town in 1869. ... Incorporated Village in 1873. ... Incorporated Village in 1956. ... Glendale Heights is a village in DuPage County, Illinois, United States. ... Incorporated Village in 1899. ... Incorporated Village in 1958. ... Hoffman Estates is a village located primarily in Cook County and a small section in Kane County, Illinois. ... Incorporated Village in 1869. ... Location in the state of Indiana Coordinates: County Lake Area  - City 86. ... Mount Prospect, part of Elk Grove Township, is a village located in Cook County, Illinois about 22 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, Illinois. ... Mundelein is a village in Lake County, Illinois, in the United States. ... Niles is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Incorporated Village in 1901. ... Incorporated Village in 1909. ... Downtown (Oak Park Avenue) Ernest Hemingway Museum Oak Park, Illinois Lake Theater and shops along Lake Street. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Palatine is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. ... Coordinates: , Incorporated March 7, 1956 Government  - Village President Al Larson Area  - Village 49. ... This is a trivia section. ... Streamwood is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. ... Incorporated Village in 1892. ... Wheeling is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Incorporated Village in 1959. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Location in the state of Illinois Formed 1836 Seat Sycamore Area  - Total  - Water 1,645 km² (634 mi²) 2 km² (1 mi²) 0. ... DuPage County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Grundy County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Jasper County is a county located in the state of Indiana. ... Location in the state of Illinois Formed January 16, 1836 Seat Geneva Area  - Total  - Water 1,357 km² (524 mi²) 9 km² (4 mi²) 0. ... Kendall County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Kenosha County is a county located in the state of Wisconsin. ... Lake County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Lake County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. ... LaPorte County is a county located in the state of Indiana. ... McHenry County is located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... Newton County is a county located in the state of Indiana. ... Porter County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. ... Will County is a county located in the northern part of the state of Illinois. ...

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