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Overview

Introduction to Chesterton, Indiana

Chesterton, Indiana, in Porter county, is 14 miles E of Gary, Indiana and 34 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois. The town is conveniently located inside the Gary metropolitan area.

Chesterton History

Joseph Bailly, a French fur trader, settled in the area in 1822. This region was previously occupied by the Potawatomi Tribe. In fact, some of the Potawatomi's structures are on view today at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. At one point, Chesterton was a major railroad center, as it had the sole train station in Porter County. The town was incorporated on October 5, 1869.

Chesterton and nearby Attractions

  • Westchester Public Library
  • Brauer Museum of Art
  • Billington Lake
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Indiana Dunes State Park

Things To Do In Chesterton

The Great Lakes Museum of Military History and the Brauer Museum of Art can be visited from the town of Chesterton. The shores of Billington Lake, Morgan Lake, Chubb Lake and the Chestnut Lake are popular tourist spots. The town also hosts the annual Wizard of Oz Festival, which draws crowds from all over the region.

Chesterton Transportation

Porter County Airport is close by.

Chesterton Higher Education

Valparaiso University, Purdue University-North Central Campus and Ivy Tech State College-Northwest are the nearby institutes of higher education.

People

Total Population14,124
Male Share of the Population48.7%
Female Share of the Population51.3%
Senior Citizens13.3%
Employed Population 16+6,634
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married53%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher31.7%
Median Earnings25+$41,676
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,438
Median Earnings With High School Degree$34,760

Wealth

Median Family Income$84,122
% Above Poverty Level91.3%
% Below Poverty Level8.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.8%
% Using Public Transportation2.5%

Housing

People Living Alone21.2%
Median Gross Rent$862
Median House Value$172,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)21.7%
US/American0%
English7.4%
Irish13.2%

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

Chesterton Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Medium City 14 miles E of Gary, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City34 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois
CountyPorter
Standard Zip Codes46304
Phone Area Codes219
Time ZoneCentral (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude41.61
Longitude-87.064

Chesterton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationINDIANA DUNES NAT LKSHR
Distance1.9 miles
Jan Temp15 to 30 F
Apr Temp39 to 57 F
Jul Temp64 to 82 F
Oct Temp44 to 62 F
Annual Precip37.8 inches
StationHOBART 2 WNW
Distance12.1 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip38 inches
StationWANATAH 2 WNW
Distance13 miles
Jan Temp13 to 30 F
Apr Temp37 to 59 F
Jul Temp61 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip38 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Beverly Shores547$87,500
Burns Harbor1,326$72,768
Lake Station12,268$42,236
Ogden Dunes1,203$111,875
Portage37,197$66,043
Porter4,887$86,607

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

Chesterton Public Libraries

Library
Westchester Pl
200 W INDIANA AVE
Chesterton, Indiana
(219) 926-7696
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Chesterton High Schools

CHESTERTON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
2125 S 11TH ST
219-983-3730
Serves 1,764 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

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