Introduction to Highland, Indiana

Highland, Indiana, in Lake county, is 3 miles SE of Hammond, Indiana and 23 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois. The town is in the Gary metropolitan area and has a population of 23,546.

Highland History

Michael and Judith Johnston were two pioneers who became Highland's first settlers in 1847. The town consisted mostly of farmland and progress was slow until 1880, when the arrival of a railroad attracted Dutch settlers. The town was officially incorporated in 1910, with about 304 residents. President Calvin Coolidge visited Highland in 1927 to deliver a speach for the dedication of Wicker Memorial Park.

Highland and Nearby Attractions

  • Deep River Water Park
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Hoosier Prairie State Nature Preserve
  • Chicago Portage National Historic Site
  • Gibson Woods Park
  • Highland Historical Society and Museum

Things To Do In Highland

The town has several parks and centers with different recreational activities. William W. Powers State Recreation Area is equipped for picnicking, fishing, and boating. There are over 20 parks in the town that offer sports fields and courts, picnic areas and playgrounds. The Highland Historical Society and Museum may be of interest to those who would like to learn about the history of this region. Golfers may enjoy a visit to Wicker Memorial Park Golf Course in Highland.

Highland Transportation

Gary/Chicago International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Highland Higher Education

Colleges nearby Highland include Purdue University Calumet, Indiana University Northwest, Ivy Tech Community College, and South Suburban College.


Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population


% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher
Median Earnings25+
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification
Median Earnings With High School Degree


Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation


People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)

Highland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles SE of Hammond, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 23 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 46322, 47854
Phone Area Codes 765
Time Zone Central,Ea (-5,-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.553
Longitude -87.451

Highland 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 8.7 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 12.5 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
Distance 19.9 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Alta (47854)

Hillsdale (47854)

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 16,322 $89,896
East Chicago 29,387 $32,019
Griffith 16,765 $63,443
Hammond 79,585 $46,440
Munster 23,325 $89,032
Schererville 29,082 $87,391
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Student/teacher ratio: 21.7

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