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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.

People

Total Population 16,257
Male Share of the Population 50.6%
Female Share of the Population 49.4%
Senior Citizens 17.1%
Employed Population 16+ 8,135
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 56.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $90,907
% Above Poverty Level 97.3%
% Below Poverty Level 2.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.6%
% Using Public Transportation 3.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 20%
Median Gross Rent $979
Median House Value $190,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.3%
US/American 0%
English 8.2%
Irish 14.8%

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

Dyer Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles S of Hammond, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 26 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 46311
Phone Area Codes 219
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.494
Longitude -87.521

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)

Station PARK FOREST
Distance 8.4 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
Station LOWELL
Distance 16.7 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
Station INDIANA DUNES NAT LKSHR
Distance 24.6 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Griffith 16,643 $68,240
Hammond 78,983 $45,506
Munster 23,250 $88,560
Schererville 28,987 $85,441
St. John 15,789 $108,580

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

Dyer Hospitals

ST MARGARET MERCY HEALTHCARE CENTERS
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
24 JOLIET STREET
(219) 865-2141
Emergency Service: Yes

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