Introduction to Whiting, Indiana

Whiting, Indiana, in Lake county, is 6 miles N of Hammond, Indiana and 14 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois. The city contains a population of approximately 5,137.

Whiting History

Whiting is nicknamed the 'Little City on the Lake' because of its location on the southern shore of Lake Michigan. In the mid 1800s, this city had very few residents, almost all of whom were brought to the area by the railroads. The Michigan Southern Railroad entered the area in 1851, and Germans were the first European settlers to arrive in the city. After the Civil War, Henry Schrage opened the first store in the area, which soon became the political, social and commercial center of the community. In the late 1880s, the Standard Oil Company established operations in Whiting. As a result, the area was incorporated as a town in 1895, and then as a city in 1903.

Whiting and nearby Attractions

  • Matteson Historical Museum
  • Hoosier Prairie State Nature Preserve
  • Chicago Portage National Historic Site
  • William W. Powers State Recreation Area
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Adler Planetarium

Things To Do In Whiting

The Whiting-Robertsdale Historical Society houses a museum that showcases the heritage of the Whiting-Robertsdale communities. Other nearby museums include the DuSable Museum of African-American History, the Oriental Institute Museum, the Midwest Carvers Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Smart Museum of Art. The Robert S. Abbott House, the Chicago Portage National Historic Site, the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and the Unity Temple are some sites of historic interest and importance located within 20 miles of the city. The 160-acre William W. Powers State Recreation Area, located on Wolf Lake, offers facilities for fishing, boating and picnicking. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Billy Casper Golf Course, the Burnham Woods Golf Course, the Harborside International Golf Center or at the Jackson Park Golf Club. Whiting hosts the Pierogi Festival every July. This festival, celebrated to honor the venerable pierogi dumpling, draws crowds from many neighboring communities.

Whiting Transportation

Gary/Chicago International is the closest major airport.

Whiting Higher Education

Whiting is home to the Calumet College of Saint Joseph. Other nearby colleges and universities include Chicago State University, the University of Chicago and Purdue University-Calumet Campus.


Total Population 4,905
Male Share of the Population 52.5%
Female Share of the Population 47.5%
Senior Citizens 9.7%
Employed Population 16+ 2,267
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 38.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $62,826
% Above Poverty Level 83.4%
% Below Poverty Level 16.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.2%
% Using Public Transportation 2.3%


People Living Alone 25.1%
Median Gross Rent $741
Median House Value $111,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 45.7%
US/American 0%
English 4.8%
Irish 13.1%

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

Whiting Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles N of Hammond, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 14 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 46394
Phone Area Codes 219
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.679
Longitude -87.494

Whiting 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 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 32 F
Apr Temp 42 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 84 F
Oct Temp 46 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38 inches
Station HOBART 2 WNW
Distance 14.1 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 15.8 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Robertsdale (46394)

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 16,257 $90,907
East Chicago 29,178 $29,384
Gary 78,483 $32,887
Hammond 78,983 $45,506
Munster 23,250 $88,560

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

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