Introduction to Griffith, Indiana

Griffith, Indiana, in Lake county, is 5 miles SE of Hammond, Indiana and 25 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois. The town is conveniently located inside the Gary metropolitan area and has an estimated population of 17,334.

Griffith History

Mathias and Anna Miller were among the first European settlers in the present day town of Griffith. Other settlers included Peter Govert, the Walters family, Peter Young, the Grimmer family, and the Beiriger family. Elmer and Jay Dwiggins are the two developers who are known as the 'town founders'. The area was named after Benjamin Griffith, a railroad engineer. Griffith was incorporated as a town in 1904, and the first town board meeting was held on November 19, 1904. The Griffith Public school system was established in 1912.

Griffith and Nearby Attractions

  • Lake Michigan
  • Griffith Historical Society and Museum
  • Balmoral Race Track
  • Oak Ridge Prairie County Park
  • Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
  • Sears Tower

Things To Do In Griffith

Griffith has numerous public parks, including Central Park, Franklin Fields Park, Cheever Park and Sheppard Park. Golfers can enjoy a round at Griffith Golf Center. Those interested could visit the Griffith Branch Lake County Public Library and the Griffith Historical Society and Museum to explore the history of the town. A day of fun with family and friends may be spent at Shedd Aquarium, Deep River Waterpark, or Lincoln Park Zoo.

Griffith Transportation

Gary/ Chicago Airport is nearby.

Griffith Higher Education

The closest colleges to Griffith include Calumet College of Saint Joseph, South Suburban College, Indiana University Northwest, and Purdue University Calumet.


Total Population 16,643
Male Share of the Population 50.2%
Female Share of the Population 49.8%
Senior Citizens 12.5%
Employed Population 16+ 7,988
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 46.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.6%
Median Earnings25+ $35,755
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,500
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,495


Median Family Income $68,240
% Above Poverty Level 89.2%
% Below Poverty Level 10.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 0.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 3.7%


People Living Alone 28.2%
Median Gross Rent $815
Median House Value $137,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 33.7%
US/American 0%
English 5.8%
Irish 16.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Griffith Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles SE of Hammond, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 25 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 46319
Phone Area Codes 219
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.528
Longitude -87.423

Griffith Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station HOBART 2 WNW
Distance 7.4 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 13.6 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 18.1 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Griffith, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

New Elliott (46319)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dyer 16,257 $90,907
Hammond 78,983 $45,506
Merrillville 35,322 $63,060
Munster 23,250 $88,560
Schererville 28,987 $85,441

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Serves 826 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21

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