Introduction to Merrillville, Indiana

Merrillville, Indiana, in Lake county, is 7 miles S of Gary, Indiana and 30 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois. The town is included in the Gary metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 30,560 people lived in Merrillville.

Merrillville History

The area on which the present day town of Merrillville stands was once occupied by the Potawatomi Indians. In 1834, the McGwinn village was established in this area. In the following year, Jeremiah Wiggins became the first white man to settle down in this area. After Wiggins died in 1838, the area was renamed Merrillville. In 1971, the area was officially incorporated as the Town of Merrillville.

Merrillville and nearby Attractions

  • Turkey Creek Golf Course
  • Innsbrook Country Club
  • Cedar Lake
  • Hoosier Prairie State Nature Preserve
  • Oak Ridge Prairie Park
  • Deep River Waterpark

Things To Do In Merrillville

The town has many outdoor and indoor facilities for recreation. Merrillville has a large concentration of hotels, big box retailers, restaurants and automobile dealerships. The city also has several parks with excellent amenities. There are a number of golf courses and forest preserves around the area as well.

Merrillville Transportation

Chicago International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Merrillville Higher Education

Davenport University, Commonwealth Business College, Keller Graduate School of Management and Sawyer College provide facilities for higher education.


Total Population 35,262
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 13.2%
Employed Population 16+ 15,578
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 43.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.2%
Median Earnings25+ $34,554
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,211
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,572


Median Family Income $61,305
% Above Poverty Level 82.9%
% Below Poverty Level 17.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1.7%


People Living Alone 33.1%
Median Gross Rent $929
Median House Value $127,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 59.7%
US/American 0%
English 3.7%
Irish 6.4%

Merrillville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles S of Gary, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 30 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 46410
P.O. Box Zip Codes 46411
Phone Area Codes 219
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.482
Longitude -87.332

Merrillville 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 5.3 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 12.1 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
Station LOWELL
Distance 15.6 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Crown Point 28,259 $77,390
Griffith 16,765 $63,443
Hobart 29,136 $66,449
New Chicago 1,954 $48,508
Schererville 29,082 $87,391
St. John 15,456 $106,020

Merrillville Public Libraries

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Student/teacher ratio: 21

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