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Overview

Introduction to Dyer, Indiana

Dyer, Indiana, in Lake county, is 6 miles S of Hammond, Indiana and 26 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. The town is considered part of the Gary metropolitan area.

Dyer History

The earliest white settlers arrived in Northwest Indiana in 1830. At that time, the area was inhabited by Potawatomie Indians. The early European settlers mostly consisted of Prussian farmers. The first business in the area was established by John Streets in 1856. Dyer had its first railroad in 1857, when the Michigan Central Railroad built a station in the town. Dyer was named after Martha Dyer, the wife of the early local landowner Aaron Hart.

Dyer and nearby Attractions

  • Pleasant Hills Community Park
  • Liberty Memorial Park
  • Briar Ridge Country Club
  • Oak Ridge Prairie Park
  • Balmoral Race Track
  • Hoosier Prairie State Nature Preserve

Things To Do In Dyer

The Hometown Celebration is a local festival organized every September. The Hoosier Prairie State Nature Preserve has trails which attracts those interested in hiking and biking. There is also a well maintained golf course in the area.

Dyer Transportation

Gary/Chicago International Airport is only 11 miles away from Dyer.

Dyer Higher Education

Prairie State College, Purdue University and South Suburban College lie within a radius of 10 miles.

Demographics

People

Total Population16,133
Male Share of the Population50.8%
Female Share of the Population49.2%
Senior Citizens18.5%
Employed Population 16+8,182
Age of the Population45

Families

% of people married57.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher31.6%
Median Earnings25+$48,547
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$37,625
Median Earnings With High School Degree$42,321

Wealth

Median Family Income$90,641
% Above Poverty Level97.7%
% Below Poverty Level2.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.7%
% Using Public Transportation3.7%

Housing

People Living Alone21.1%
Median Gross Rent$975
Median House Value$191,400

Ancestry

German21.4%
Polish18.8%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)16.7%
Irish15.8%
Italian10%
English8.5%
Dutch7.3%
Serbian2.5%
Slovak1.8%
French Except Basque1.7%
Swedish1.6%
Hungarian1.6%
Croatian1.1%
Czech1.1%
Arab1%
Scottish0.9%
Swiss0.9%
Norwegian0.8%
Russian0.8%
Greek0.7%
Austrian0.6%
Ukrainian0.4%
Jordanian0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
Romanian0.4%
Macedonian0.3%
Welsh0.2%
Bulgarian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Belgian0.1%
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Dyer Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lake County
Standard Zip Codes46311, 46373
Phone Area Codes219
Time ZoneAmerica/Indiana/Indianapolis
Approximate Latitude41.5
Approximate Longitude-87.5

Dyer Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPARK FOREST
Distance8.4 miles
Jan Temp15 to 29 F
Apr Temp39 to 58 F
Jul Temp65 to 84 F
Oct Temp43 to 63 F
Annual Precip38.6 inches
StationLOWELL
Distance16.7 miles
Jan Temp12 to 30 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp39 to 64 F
Annual Precip40 inches
StationINDIANA DUNES NAT LKSHR
Distance24.6 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Griffith16,583$65,801
Hammond78,349$47,097
Munster23,103$85,880
Schererville28,899$92,837
St. John15,777$106,924

Dyer Hospitals

Franciscan St Margaret Health - Dyer
(Non-profit)
24 Joliet St
(219) 865-2141

Dyer Public Schools

George Bibich Elementary Sch
14600 W 81st St
ZIP: 46311
(219) 322-1185
Primary
Total Enrollment 452
Kahler Middle School
600 Joliet St
ZIP: 46311
(219) 865-3535
Middle
Total Enrollment 1026
Protsman Elementary School
1121 Harrison
ZIP: 46311
(219) 322-2040
Primary
Total Enrollment 708

Dyer Private Schools

Plum Creek Christian Academy
735 213th St
ZIP: 46311
Elementary
Total Enrollment 58
Protestant Reformed/heritage Christian Schools
10790 Calumet Ave
ZIP: 46311
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 223
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