Introduction to Valparaiso, Indiana

Valparaiso, Indiana, in Porter county, is 17 miles SE of Gary, Indiana and 40 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Gary metropolitan area with. Valparaiso contains a population of approximately 27,428.

Valparaiso History

The land on which Valparaiso exits today was purchased by the U.S. Government from Potawatomi Indians in 1832. The first log cabin was built on the land in 1834. It was named the county seat of Portersville in 1836. The present name of Valparaiso was given to the town in 1837.

Valparaiso and nearby Attractions

  • Taltree Arboretum and Gardens
  • Banta Neighborhood
  • 49er Drive-In
  • The Wizard of Oz Festival
  • Sunset Hill Farm County Park
  • Brauer Museum of Art

Things To Do In Valparaiso

The Indiana dunes and Lake Michigan are nearby and have facilities for swimming, hiking and camping. The Banta neighborhood is famous for its historic homes which are made in a variety of architectural styles including Italianate, English/ Cottswald and Arts & Crafts. The Memorial Opera House hosts musical programs regularly.

Valparaiso Transportation

Gary/Chicago International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Valparaiso Higher Education

Valparaiso University is the local university, while Ivy Tech State College-Northwest and Indiana University-Northwest are also in the area.


Total Population 32,123
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 14,477
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 41.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 37.3%
Median Earnings25+ $35,815
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,250
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,665


Median Family Income $66,261
% Above Poverty Level 84.4%
% Below Poverty Level 15.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.2%
% Using Public Transportation 2.2%


People Living Alone 34.5%
Median Gross Rent $844
Median House Value $165,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.4%
US/American 0%
English 8%
Irish 16.5%

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

Valparaiso Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 17 miles SE of Gary, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 40 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois
County Porter
Standard Zip Codes 46383, 46385
P.O. Box Zip Codes 46384
Phone Area Codes 219
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.473
Longitude -87.061

Valparaiso Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.3 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 40 inches
Distance 6.8 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38 inches
Distance 11.1 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, Valparaiso, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Valpo (46383, 46384, 46385)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chesterton 14,124 $84,122
Kouts 1,899 $62,500
Portage 37,197 $66,043
Porter 4,887 $86,607
Wanatah 1,158 $56,818

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

Valparaiso Public Libraries

Porter County Pl System
Valparaiso, Indiana
(219) 462-0524
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Valparaiso Hospitals

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(219) 263-4600
Emergency Service: Yes

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Valparaiso High Schools

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Serves 2,048 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.5

260 S 500 W
Serves 503 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

587 W 300 N
Serves 499 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

381 E SR 2
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 353 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

299 S SR 49
Serves 314 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

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