Introduction to Chesterton, Indiana

Chesterton, Indiana, in Porter county, is 14 miles E of Gary, Indiana and 34 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois. The town is conveniently located inside the Gary metropolitan area. There are an estimated 10,488 people in Chesterton.

Chesterton History

Joseph Bailly, a French fur trader, settled in the area in 1822. This region was previously occupied by the Potawatomi Tribe. In fact, some of the Potawatomi's structures are on view today at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. At one point, Chesterton was a major railroad center, as it had the sole train station in Porter County. The town was incorporated on October 5, 1869.

Chesterton and nearby Attractions

  • Westchester Public Library
  • Brauer Museum of Art
  • Billington Lake
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Indiana Dunes State Park

Things To Do In Chesterton

The Great Lakes Museum of Military History and the Brauer Museum of Art can be visited from the town of Chesterton. The shores of Billington Lake, Morgan Lake, Chubb Lake and the Chestnut Lake are popular tourist spots. The town also hosts the annual Wizard of Oz Festival, which draws crowds from all over the region.

Chesterton Transportation

Porter County Airport is close by.

Chesterton Higher Education

Valparaiso University, Purdue University-North Central Campus and Ivy Tech State College-Northwest are the nearby institutes of higher education.


Total Population 13,894
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 12.5%
Employed Population 16+ 6,551
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 53.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32.3%
Median Earnings25+ $41,079
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $9,955
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,528


Median Family Income $79,049
% Above Poverty Level 89.8%
% Below Poverty Level 10.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%


People Living Alone 19.2%
Median Gross Rent $878
Median House Value $168,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19%
US/American 1.1%
English 6.9%
Irish 16.9%

Chesterton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles E of Gary, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 34 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois
County Porter
Standard Zip Codes 46304
Phone Area Codes 219
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.61
Longitude -87.064

Chesterton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.9 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 30 F
Apr Temp 39 to 57 F
Jul Temp 64 to 82 F
Oct Temp 44 to 62 F
Annual Precip 37.8 inches
Station HOBART 2 WNW
Distance 12.1 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38 inches
Distance 13 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beverly Shores 539 $86,625
Burns Harbor 1,476 $70,688
Lake Station 12,369 $41,766
Ogden Dunes 1,236 $111,250
Portage 37,008 $64,933
Porter 4,883 $86,782

Chesterton Public Libraries

Westchester Pl
Chesterton, Indiana
(219) 926-7696
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Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

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