Introduction to Dyer, Indiana

Dyer, Indiana, in Lake county, is 6 miles S of Hammond, Indiana and 26 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. The town is considered part of the Gary metropolitan area. Dyer has a population of 13,895.

Dyer History

The earliest white settlers arrived in Northwest Indiana in 1830. At that time, the area was inhabited by Potawatomie Indians. The early European settlers mostly consisted of Prussian farmers. The first business in the area was established by John Streets in 1856. Dyer had its first railroad in 1857, when the Michigan Central Railroad built a station in the town. Dyer was named after Martha Dyer, the wife of the early local landowner Aaron Hart.

Dyer and nearby Attractions

  • Pleasant Hills Community Park
  • Liberty Memorial Park
  • Briar Ridge Country Club
  • Oak Ridge Prairie Park
  • Balmoral Race Track
  • Hoosier Prairie State Nature Preserve

Things To Do In Dyer

The Hometown Celebration is a local festival organized every September. The Hoosier Prairie State Nature Preserve has trails which attracts those interested in hiking and biking. There is also a well maintained golf course in the area.

Dyer Transportation

Gary/Chicago International Airport is only 11 miles away from Dyer.

Dyer Higher Education

Prairie State College, Purdue University and South Suburban College lie within a radius of 10 miles.


Total Population 16,322
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 16.6%
Employed Population 16+ 8,122
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 57.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.3%
Median Earnings25+ $48,080
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $32,461
Median Earnings With High School Degree $45,874


Median Family Income $89,896
% Above Poverty Level 97%
% Below Poverty Level 3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.4%
% Using Public Transportation 5.1%


People Living Alone 19.7%
Median Gross Rent $963
Median House Value $190,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.6%
US/American 0%
English 9.2%
Irish 15.1%

Dyer Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles S of Hammond, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 26 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 46311
Phone Area Codes 219
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.494
Longitude -87.521

Dyer Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 8.4 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 29 F
Apr Temp 39 to 58 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.6 inches
Station LOWELL
Distance 16.7 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 40 inches
Distance 24.6 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Griffith 16,765 $63,443
Hammond 79,585 $46,440
Munster 23,325 $89,032
Schererville 29,082 $87,391
St. John 15,456 $106,020

Dyer Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(219) 865-2141
Emergency Service: Yes

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