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Overview

Introduction to Hammond, Indiana

Hammond, Indiana, in Lake county, is 20 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. Hammond is located in Northwest Indiana and is included in the Chicago metropolitan area. It's bordered to the north by Lake Michigan and to the south by the Little Calumet River. The Chicago loop is approximately a half an hour away from Hammond.

The area is home to numerous railroad and trucking companies. A large number of products including steel, petroleum products, chemicals, corn goods, soap and other items are manufactured in the city. Hammond is a major healthcare center for Northwest Indiana.

History

The first settlements were established in 1847 near the southern portion of Lake Michigan. The residents were primarily German farmers. The city was originally named Hohman. 1869 marked the beginning of the industrialization of the city. A butcher from Detroit named George H. Hammond built a slaughterhouse which was the city's first notable business. The town was renamed in tribute to him. In 1884 the city was incorporated.

Attractions

  • Festival of the Lakes.
  • The John Dillinger Museum features exhibits of the famous criminal.
  • Historic homes.
  • The Woodmar Shopping Mall is a popular destination.
  • Venetian Night and Fireworks event occurs annually.
  • The International Cultural Festival showcases the city's diverse ethnic communities.
  • The Little Red Schoolhouse is an historic structure.

Activities

Residents and visitors enjoy recreational activities at Lake Michigan and Wolf and George lakes. The city hosts a five day Summer festival which attracts a large number of attendees. The Hammond Marina provides opportunities for boating, swimming and fishing. The Gibson Woods Nature Preserve features hiking trails in woodlands, sand dune areas and wetlands. The Hammond Lakefront Park and Bird Sanctuary offers visitors the opportunity to see a wide variety of birds during migration.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore includes an extensive shoreline on Lake Michigan as well as marsh areas, prairies, forest areas and rivers. It features a vast number of bird species and a variety of wildlife. Hammond includes numerous parks. A bike path runs from the northern end of the city down to the southern border. The Empress Casino features gambling and restaurants.

Transportation

The city is served by the Gary/Chicago Airport located in Gary. The South Shore Electric Line which runs from Chicago to South Bend, Indiana has a station located in the municipality. The Hammond Transit System provides bus services.

Higher Education

Purdue University Calumet and Calumet College of St. Joseph are located in the area.

Demographics

People

Total Population77,827
Male Share of the Population49.1%
Female Share of the Population50.9%
Senior Citizens11%
Employed Population 16+32,305
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married38.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14%
Median Earnings25+$31,487
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,436
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,552

Wealth

Median Family Income$49,681
% Above Poverty Level77.8%
% Below Poverty Level22.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.7%
% Using Public Transportation3%

Housing

People Living Alone29.5%
Median Gross Rent$852
Median House Value$87,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)53.4%
German10.2%
Irish8.6%
Polish7.6%
English3.3%
Italian3.1%
Slovak2.7%
Dutch1.6%
Croatian1.2%
Hungarian1.1%
French Except Basque0.9%
Swedish0.7%
Scottish0.5%
African0.4%
Norwegian0.4%
Arab0.4%
Greek0.3%
Russian0.3%
Welsh0.2%
Serbian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Czech0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
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Hammond Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lake County
Standard Zip Codes46320, 46323, 46324, 46327, 46321, 46322
P.O. Box Zip Codes46325
Phone Area Codes219
Time ZoneAmerica/Indiana/Indianapolis
Approximate Latitude41.69
Approximate Longitude-87.51

Hammond 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
Distance10.6 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
StationOGDEN DUNES
Distance17.1 miles
Jan Temp16 to 32 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp44 to 65 F
Annual Precip36.3 inches
StationINDIANA DUNES NAT LKSHR
Distance22.4 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
Dyer16,077$93,622
East Chicago28,728$33,477
Griffith16,468$72,530
Munster23,005$93,477
Schererville28,778$89,820

Hammond Public Libraries

Hammond Public Library
564 STATE STREET
Hammond, Indiana
(219) 931-5100

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Hammond Hospitals

Franciscan St Margaret Health - Hammond
(Non-profit)
5454 Hohman Ave
(219) 932-2300
Kindred Hospital Northwest Indiana
(Proprietary)
5454 Hohman Ave 5th Fl
(219) 852-5305

Hammond Public Schools

Area Career Center
5727 Sohl Ave
ZIP: 46320
(219) 933-2428
High
Columbia Elementary School
1238 Michigan St
ZIP: 46320
(219) 933-2461
Primary
Total Enrollment 260
Hammond Academy Of Science & Tech
33 Muenich Ct
ZIP: 46320
(219) 852-0500
Other
Total Enrollment 539
Hammond High School
5926 Calumet Ave
ZIP: 46320
(219) 933-2442
High
Total Enrollment 762
Henry W Eggers Elem/md Sch
5825 Blaine Ave
ZIP: 46320
(219) 933-2449
Middle
Total Enrollment 742
Lafayette Elementary School
856 Sibley St
ZIP: 46320
(219) 933-2472
Primary
Total Enrollment 503
Charles N Scott Middle School
3635 173rd St
ZIP: 46323
(219) 989-7340
Middle
Total Enrollment 817
Joseph Hess Elementary School
3640 Orchard Dr
ZIP: 46323
(219) 989-7355
Primary
Total Enrollment 620
Morton Elementary School
7006 Marshall Ave
ZIP: 46323
(219) 989-7336
Primary
Total Enrollment 542
Morton Senior High School
6915 Grand Ave
ZIP: 46323
(219) 989-7316
High
Total Enrollment 1340
Warren G Harding Elem Sch
3211 165th St
ZIP: 46323
(219) 989-7351
Primary
Total Enrollment 654
Donald E Gavit Mdl/high Sch
1670 175th St
ZIP: 46324
(219) 989-7328
Other
Total Enrollment 1547
Frank O'bannon Elementary School
1317 173rd St
ZIP: 46324
(219) 989-7360
Primary
Total Enrollment 592
Kenwood Elementary School
6416 Hohman Ave
ZIP: 46324
(219) 933-2469
Primary
Total Enrollment 305
Lew Wallace Elementary School
6235 Jefferson Ave
ZIP: 46324
(219) 933-2479
Primary
Total Enrollment 425
Maywood Elementary School
1001 165th St
ZIP: 46324
(219) 933-2477
Primary
Total Enrollment 457
Thomas A Edison Elem Sch
7025 Madison Ave
ZIP: 46324
(219) 933-2464
Primary
Total Enrollment 696
Thomas Jefferson Elem Sch
6940 Northcote Ave
ZIP: 46324
(219) 989-7353
Primary
Total Enrollment 415
Abraham Lincoln Elem Sch
4221 Towle Ave
ZIP: 46327
(219) 933-2475
Primary
Total Enrollment 661
Washington Irving Elem Sch
4727 Pine Ave
ZIP: 46327
(219) 933-2467
Primary
Total Enrollment 607

Hammond Private Schools

Montessori Childrens Schoolhouse
5935 Hohman Ave
ZIP: 46320
Elementary
Total Enrollment 95
St John Bosco Elementary School
1231 171st Pl
ZIP: 46324
Elementary
Total Enrollment 218
Bishop Noll Institute
1519 Hoffman St
ZIP: 46327
Secondary
Total Enrollment 475
City Baptist Schools
4925 Sohl Ave
ZIP: 46327
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 276
St Casimir School
4329 Cameron Ave
ZIP: 46327
Elementary
Total Enrollment 247
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