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Encyclopedia > Valparaiso, Indiana
City of Valparaiso

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Nickname: Valpo
Motto: "Vale of Paradise"
Location in Indiana
Location in Indiana
Coordinates: 41°28′34″N 87°3′25″W / 41.47611, -87.05694
Country United States
State Indiana
County Porter
Government
 - Mayor Jon Costas (R)
Area
 - City  11.0 sq mi (28.5 km²)
 - Land  10.9 sq mi (28.2 km²)
 - Water  0.1 sq mi (0.2 km²)
Population (2000)
 - City 27,428
 - Density 2,515.4/sq mi (971.6/km²)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Website: www.valpo.us

Valparaiso (IPA: [ˌvɑl.pə.ˈɹeɪ.zoʊ]) is a city in Porter County, Indiana, USA, and is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. It is the county seat of Porter CountyGR6. The city's nickname is Valpo. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article or section seems to contain too many examples (or of a poor quality) for an encyclopedia entry. ... A motto (from Italian) is a phrase or a short list of words meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 384 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (512 × 800 pixel, file size: 34 KB, MIME type: image/png) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Valparaiso, Indiana ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states, which are... 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. ... Listed are the 92 counties of the U.S. state of Indiana. ... Porter County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... H. Jonathon Costas (born 1957) is an Indiana politician, elder law attorney, small business owner, and current mayor of Valparaiso, Indiana. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... 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. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... 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... Though 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... Articles with similar titles include the NATO phonetic alphabet, which has also informally been called the “International Phonetic Alphabet”. For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words, see IPA chart for English. ... Porter County is a county located in the U.S. 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. ... The Chicago metropolitan area is the metropolitan area associated with the city of Chicago in the United States. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Porter County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. ... This article or section seems to contain too many examples (or of a poor quality) for an encyclopedia entry. ...

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History

Established in 1836 as the county seat of Portersville, it was renamed to Valparaiso in 1837 after Valparaíso, Chile, near which the county's namesake David Porter battled in the War of 1812.[1] Until 1991 it was the terminal of Amtrak's Calumet commuter service. Valparaiso National Congress Valparaíso is Chile’s most important seaport and an increasingly vital cultural center. ... David Porter (February 1, 1780 – March 3, 1843) was an officer in the United States Navy and later the commander-in-chief of the Mexican Navy. ... This article is about the U.S. – U.K. war. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Acela Express in West Windsor, NJ Amtrak Cascades service with tilting Talgo trainsets in Seattle, Washington Amtrak train in downtown Orlando, Florida For other uses, see Amtrak (disambiguation). ... The Calumet was a 43. ... A Connex commuter train stands by the platform in Melbourne, Australia Regional rail systems, or commuter rail systems, usually provide a rail service through a central business district area into suburbs or other locations that draw large numbers of people on a daily basis. ...


Geography

It is situated at the critical junctions of U.S. Route 30, State Road 2, and State Road 49. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 28.5 km² (11.0 mi²). 28.2 km² (10.9 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (0.73%) is water. U.S. Route 30 is an east-west main route of the system of United States Numbered Highways. ... 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. ... State Road 49 in the U.S. State of Indiana is a state highway in northwest Indiana. ... 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. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 27,428 people, 10,867 households, and 6,368 families residing in the city. The population density was 971.6/km² (2,515.4/mi²). There were 11,559 housing units at an average density of 409.4/km² (1,060.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.35% White, 1.60% African American, 0.23% Native American, 1.49% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.79% from other races, and 1.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.34% of the population. There were 10,867 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.9% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.4% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.93. In the city the population was spread out with 21.2% under the age of 18, 17.4% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males. The median income for a household in the city was $45,799, and the median income for a family was $60,637. Males had a median income of $46,452 versus $26,544 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,509. About 4.8% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.1% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over. 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. ... Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ... 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. ...


Education

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Higher education

The city is the site of multiple colleges and universities. Purdue University North Central has a satellite campus in Valparaiso, and one of Ivy Tech's 23 regional campuses is located in the city. Valparaiso is also home to namesake Valparaiso University, a highly ranked NCAA Division I institution occupying 310 acres on the south side of the city near downtown. The university is also a cultural center of the city, hosting venues such as the Brauer Museum of Art, home to more than 2,700 pieces of 19th- and 20th-century American art. 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. ... Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana (usually shortened to Ivy Tech Community College or, colloquially, Ivy Tech) is the state of Indianas system of community colleges, formed in 2005, as a rechartering of a system of vocational technical schools. ... Valparaiso University, known colloquially as Valpo, is a private university located in the city of Valparaiso, Indiana. ... Division I is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... The Brauer Museum of Art is home to a nationally recognized collection of 19th- and 20th-century American art, world religious art, and Midwestern regional art. ...


Primary and secondary education

  • Public schools
    • Valparaiso High School
    • Morgan Township High School
    • Washington Township High School
    • Boone Grove High School
    • Porter County Career and Technical Center
    • Benjamin Franklin Middle School
    • Thomas Jefferson Middle School
    • Central Elementary
    • Cooks Corner Elementary School
    • Flint Lake Elementary
    • Hayes Leonard Elementary
    • Flint Lake Elementary School
    • Thomas Jefferson Elementary School
    • Memorial Elementary
    • Northview Elementary School
    • Parkview Elementary
  • Private schools
    • The Classical Academy
    • Immanuel Lutheran School (K-8)
    • Montessori School of Valparaiso
    • Saint Paul's Catholic School (K-8)

Valparaiso High School is a public high school in Valparaiso, Indiana. ...

Culture

  • Valparaiso is very close to Lake Michigan and the Indiana dunes, which are open year-round and offer hiking, swimming, and camping.[1]
  • The Taltree Arboretum and Gardens is worth a visit.
  • Valparaiso is featured in Valparaiso, a successful play by Don DeLillo.
  • Valparaiso's Banta neighborhood features many beautiful historic homes. Architectural designs include: Italianate, Arts & Crafts, and English/Cottswald.
  • The Memorial Opera House is a popular destination for musical theatre fans throughout the year.
  • Valparaiso hosts the Chicago Street Theatre, run by the local Community Theater Guild.
  • The 49er Drive-In is an active drive-in theater.
  • The Wizard of Oz Festival is now hosted by the city at the County Expo Center.

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City Fairs

The city holds two major festivals every year: the Popcorn Festival and the Porter County Fair. The Popcorn Festival is held on the first Saturday after Labor Day. It honors Orville Redenbacher, a former resident who built a popcorn factory there. Redenbacher participated in most of the festival's parades until his death in 1995. The festival also features racing events and a balloon launch in addition to typical fair activities. The Porter County Fair consists of carnival attractions and hosts a variety of shows such as a demolition derby, motocross races, and live musical performances.


Infrastructure

Valparaiso gets all of its water from wells that draw water from depths between 90 and 120 feet. The supply is treated with chlorine solution to remove the iron[2], and is backed up by diesel fuel generators to maintain the supply during power outage. Valparaiso also has three sewer retention basins. The water department works with the recycling and waste reduction district to educate residents about the hazards of household waste. Look up well in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A sewer is an artificial conduit or system of conduits used to remove sewage (human liquid waste) and to provide drainage. ... Mixed municipal waste, Hiriya, Tel Aviv Municipal solid waste (MSW) is a waste type that includes predominantly household waste (domestic waste) with sometimes the addition of commercial wastes collected by a municipality within a given area. ...


Valparaiso’s energy is provided by NIPSCO, which also provides five hundred other companies with energy in states such as Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The NIPSCO energy plant is located only about twenty minutes north of Valparaiso, next to Lake Michigan. [3] NiSource is an energy supply corporation headquartered in Merrillville, Indiana. ... --67. ...


Notable natives

Frederick Newton Arvin (b. ... Beulah Bondi (May 3, 1888 – January 11, 1981) was an Oscar-nominated American actress, born Beulah Bondy in Chicago, Illinois. ... Kevin Lee Brown (b. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... Mark N. Brown (Colonel, USAF, NASA Astronaut) Mark N. Brown (Colonel, USAF) NASA Astronaut (former) Personal data Born November 18, 1951, in Valparaiso, Indiana. ... Bryce Drew Bryce Homer Drew (born September 21, 1974 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is the assistant coach, and former member, of the Valparaiso University Crusader mens basketball team. ... “NBA” redirects here. ... Michael Essany (born October 22, 1982 in Valparaiso, Indiana) is an American comedian and talk show host. ... Reality television is a genre of television programming which presents purportedly unscripted dramatic or humorous situations, documents actual events, and features ordinary people instead of professional actors. ... Henry Charles Gordon was a retired X-20 Dyna-Soar astronaut and a Colonel in the USAF, Ret. ... Samuel Austin Kendall (November 1, 1859 – January 8, 1933) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. ... Earl Fredrick Landgrebe (January 21, 1916 - June 29, 1986) was a United States politician. ... Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. ... David Eli Lilienthal (July 8, 1899-January 13, 1981) was a capable and controversial American public official. ... An image of Orville Redenbacher on a popcorn container Image:Bci oriville 1. ... Jeffrey Alan Samardzija (born January 23, 1985 in Merrillville, Indiana) is an American baseball player as a pitcher with the Tennessee Smokies, the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. ... The University of Notre Dame IPA: is a Catholic[4] institution located in Notre Dame, an unincorporated section of St. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... Carly Schroeder (born October 18, 1990) is an American film and television actress, known for playing Serena Baldwin, the daughter of Scotty Baldwin in the General Hospital spinoff, Port Charles. ... Roscoe Harold Zook was born in Valparaiso, Indiana in 1889. ... Chris Funk is a member of the Portland, Oregon, indie rock band, The Decemberists. ... Walter Wangerin, Jr. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Baker, Ronald L.; Marvin Carmony (1995). Indiana Place Names. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-253-28340-X. 

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