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Overview

Introduction to Griffith, Indiana

Griffith, Indiana, in Lake county, is 5 miles SE of Hammond, Indiana and 25 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois. The town is conveniently located inside the Gary metropolitan area.

Griffith History

Mathias and Anna Miller were among the first European settlers in the present day town of Griffith. Other settlers included Peter Govert, the Walters family, Peter Young, the Grimmer family, and the Beiriger family. Elmer and Jay Dwiggins are the two developers who are known as the town founders. The area was named after Benjamin Griffith, a railroad engineer. Griffith was incorporated as a town in 1904, and the first town board meeting was held on November 19, 1904. The Griffith Public school system was established in 1912.

Griffith and Nearby Attractions

  • Lake Michigan
  • Griffith Historical Society and Museum
  • Balmoral Race Track
  • Oak Ridge Prairie County Park
  • Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
  • Sears Tower

Things To Do In Griffith

Griffith has numerous public parks, including Central Park, Franklin Fields Park, Cheever Park and Sheppard Park. Golfers can enjoy a round at Griffith Golf Center. Those interested could visit the Griffith Branch Lake County Public Library and the Griffith Historical Society and Museum to explore the history of the town. A day of fun with family and friends may be spent at Shedd Aquarium, Deep River Waterpark, or Lincoln Park Zoo.

Griffith Transportation

Gary/ Chicago Airport is nearby.

Griffith Higher Education

The closest colleges to Griffith include Calumet College of Saint Joseph, South Suburban College, Indiana University Northwest, and Purdue University Calumet.

Demographics

People

Total Population16,583
Male Share of the Population50.7%
Female Share of the Population49.3%
Senior Citizens13.5%
Employed Population 16+7,810
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married44.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17.1%
Median Earnings25+$37,997
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$26,563
Median Earnings With High School Degree$34,851

Wealth

Median Family Income$65,801
% Above Poverty Level89.2%
% Below Poverty Level10.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.1%
% Using Public Transportation3.8%

Housing

People Living Alone29.1%
Median Gross Rent$831
Median House Value$133,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)37.8%
Irish15.4%
Polish10.5%
English5.8%
Dutch4%
Italian3.9%
Slovak2.8%
French Except Basque2.6%
Hungarian2.4%
Serbian2%
Norwegian0.9%
Croatian0.7%
Arab0.5%
Lithuanian0.5%
Danishn0.4%
African0.4%
Czech0.4%
Swedish0.4%
Canadian0.3%
Russian0.3%
Scottish0.3%
Greek0.3%
Romanian0.3%
Finnish0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
German0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
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Griffith Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lake County
Standard Zip Codes46319
Phone Area Codes219
Time ZoneAmerica/Indiana/Indianapolis
Approximate Latitude41.52
Approximate Longitude-87.42

Griffith Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationHOBART 2 WNW
Distance7.4 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip38 inches
StationPARK FOREST
Distance13.6 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
Distance18.1 miles
Jan Temp12 to 30 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp39 to 64 F
Annual Precip40 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Dyer16,133$90,641
Hammond78,349$47,097
Merrillville35,268$63,094
Munster23,103$85,880
Schererville28,899$92,837

Griffith Public Schools

Beiriger Elementary School
601 N Lillian St
ZIP: 46319
(219) 924-4030
Primary
Total Enrollment 419
Eldon Ready Elementary School
1345 N Broad St
ZIP: 46319
(219) 838-4214
Primary
Total Enrollment 434
Elsie Wadsworth Elem Sch
600 N Jay St
ZIP: 46319
(219) 923-4488
Primary
Total Enrollment 425
Griffith Middle School
600 N Raymond St
ZIP: 46319
(219) 924-4280
Middle
Total Enrollment 363
Griffith Senior High School
600 N Wiggs St
ZIP: 46319
(219) 924-4281
High
Total Enrollment 776

Griffith Private Schools

Calumet Christian School
826 N Harvey St
ZIP: 46319
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 190
St Mary School
525 N Broad St
ZIP: 46319
Elementary
Total Enrollment 216
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