Introduction to Hobart, Indiana

Hobart, Indiana, in Lake county, is 6 miles SE of Gary, Indiana and 30 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois. The city is in the Gary area. There are 25,363 residents in Hobart.

Hobart History

Frederick Hobart Earle purchased land from the Native Americans living in this area in 1846, and went on to establish Hobart. He also built the first grist mill in the area. Frederick's son, George Earle, named the area after his father. Hobart went on to be incorporated as town in 1889 and achieved cityhood in 1921.

Hobart and nearby Attractions

  • Oak Savannah trail
  • Lake George
  • Cressmoor Prairie
  • Westfield Southlake
  • Lake Michigan
  • Indiana Dunes State Park

Things To Do In Hobart

Lake George is a popular recreational spot. People come here to stroll along the riverfront. They also enjoy fishing and boating on the lake. During the summer months, musical programs are organized at Lakefront Park and also at the Revelli Bandshell. Besides this, the city also has 14 parks, two 18 hole public golf courses, basketball courts, and baseball, football, rugby, and soccer fields .

Hobart Transportation

Gary/Chicago International Airport can be reached in few minutes.

Hobart Higher Education

Ivy Tech State College and Indiana University are nearby.


Total Population 29,136
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 14.4%
Employed Population 16+ 14,266
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 49.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.8%
Median Earnings25+ $37,589
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,795
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,309


Median Family Income $66,449
% Above Poverty Level 89.6%
% Below Poverty Level 10.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%


People Living Alone 29.7%
Median Gross Rent $840
Median House Value $132,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 27%
US/American 0%
English 6.1%
Irish 17.9%

Hobart Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles SE of Gary, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 30 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 46342
Phone Area Codes 219
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.532
Longitude -87.255

Hobart 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 1.9 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 6.9 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 44 to 65 F
Annual Precip 36.3 inches
Distance 11.3 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
Gary 79,165 $32,330
Lake Station 12,369 $41,766
Merrillville 35,262 $61,305
New Chicago 1,954 $48,508
Ogden Dunes 1,236 $111,250
Portage 37,008 $64,933

Hobart Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(219) 942-0551
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 20.8

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Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

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