Introduction to Munster, Indiana

Munster, Indiana, in Lake county, is 1 mile S of Hammond, Indiana and 21 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. The town is located in the Gary metropolitan area. Munster has a population of 21,511.

Munster History

The Potawatomi Indians were the original inhabitants of Munster. The town was a French territory during the late 1600s and early 1700s. It was also claimed as a part of the British Empire in the 1760s. Munster became a part of the United States of America in the 1780s, and the area was settled in by Europeans in the late 1820s. Jacob Munster was one of the early settlers of the area. Munster was incorporated as a town in 1907.

Munster and nearby Attractions

  • The Historical Kaske House
  • Hoosier Prairie State Nature Preserve
  • Midwest Carvers Museum
  • William W. Powers State Recreation Area
  • Museum of Science and Industry

Things To Do In Munster

In Munster, you can spend your leisure hours at Beech Park, Bieker Woods Park, Circle Park, Briar Creek Park, Hart Park, Orchard Park, Centennial Park and Twin Creek Park. The Veterans War Memorial and the Historical Kaske House are also worth visiting. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Eastwood Mall Shopping Center and the Calumet Shopping Center.

Munster Transportation

Gary/Chicago Airport is nearby.

Munster Higher Education

Purdue University- Calumet Campus, Prairie State College, Indiana University- Northwest and South Suburban College are the nearby colleges and universities.


Total Population 23,250
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 19.6%
Employed Population 16+ 10,631
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 52.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 41.8%
Median Earnings25+ $46,277
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,852
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,141


Median Family Income $88,560
% Above Poverty Level 91.4%
% Below Poverty Level 8.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 5.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.3%
% Using Public Transportation 6.9%


People Living Alone 25.9%
Median Gross Rent $915
Median House Value $207,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.1%
US/American 0.2%
English 7.9%
Irish 15.1%

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

Munster Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles S of Hammond, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 46321
Phone Area Codes 219
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.564
Longitude -87.512

Munster Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 9.9 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 17.4 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 21.2 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
Dyer 16,257 $90,907
East Chicago 29,178 $29,384
Griffith 16,643 $68,240
Hammond 78,983 $45,506
Schererville 28,987 $85,441

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

Munster Hospitals

(219) 924-1300
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(219) 836-1600
Emergency Service: No

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Munster High Schools

Serves 1,388 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.1

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