Overview

Introduction to Merrillville, Indiana

Merrillville, Indiana, in Lake county, is 7 miles S of Gary, Indiana and 30 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois. The town is included in the Gary metropolitan area.

Merrillville History

The area on which the present day town of Merrillville stands was once occupied by the Potawatomi Indians. In 1834, the McGwinn village was established in this area. In the following year, Jeremiah Wiggins became the first white man to settle down in this area. After Wiggins died in 1838, the area was renamed Merrillville. In 1971, the area was officially incorporated as the Town of Merrillville.

Merrillville and nearby Attractions

  • Turkey Creek Golf Course
  • Innsbrook Country Club
  • Cedar Lake
  • Hoosier Prairie State Nature Preserve
  • Oak Ridge Prairie Park
  • Deep River Waterpark

Things To Do In Merrillville

The town has many outdoor and indoor facilities for recreation. Merrillville has a large concentration of hotels, big box retailers, restaurants and automobile dealerships. The city also has several parks with excellent amenities. There are a number of golf courses and forest preserves around the area as well.

Merrillville Transportation

Chicago International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Merrillville Higher Education

Davenport University, Commonwealth Business College, Keller Graduate School of Management and Sawyer College provide facilities for higher education.

Demographics

People

Total Population35,032
Male Share of the Population46.3%
Female Share of the Population53.7%
Senior Citizens15.1%
Employed Population 16+16,971
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married41.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher24.1%
Median Earnings25+$38,150
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,332
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,661

Wealth

Median Family Income$70,250
% Above Poverty Level89.2%
% Below Poverty Level10.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work1%
% Using Public Transportation2.3%

Housing

People Living Alone33%
Median Gross Rent$1,051
Median House Value$132,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)57%
German11.7%
Irish8%
Polish4.3%
Italian2.8%
Greek2.5%
English2.5%
African1.8%
Slovak1.3%
Scottish1.2%
Dutch1.1%
Croatian0.9%
French Except Basque0.9%
Hungarian0.9%
Norwegian0.7%
Lithuanian0.6%
Arab0.4%
Czech0.4%
Serbian0.4%
Macedonian0.4%
Canadian0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Nigerian0.3%
Swedish0.3%
West Indian0.3%
Russian0.2%
Moroccan0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Austrian0.1%
US/American0.1%
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Merrillville Almanac

CategoryValue
CountyLake County
Standard Zip Codes46410
P.O. Box Zip Codes46411
Phone Area Codes219
Time ZoneAmerica/Indiana/Indianapolis
Approximate Latitude41.47
Approximate Longitude-87.32

Merrillville 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
Distance5.3 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip38 inches
StationOGDEN DUNES
Distance12.1 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
StationLOWELL
Distance15.6 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
Crown Point29,368$90,606
Griffith16,377$76,472
Hobart28,309$71,288
New Chicago1,653$48,750
Schererville28,698$91,791
St. John16,839$111,125

Merrillville Public Libraries

Lake County Public Library
1919 WEST 81ST AVENUE
Merrillville, Indiana
(219) 769-3541

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Merrillville Hospitals

Methodist Hospital-southlake
8701 Broadway
(219) 738-5500
Regional Mental Health Center
(Proprietary)
8555 Taft St
(219) 769-4005

Merrillville Public Schools

Edgar L Miller Elem Sch
5901 Waite St
ZIP: 46410
(219) 650-5303
Primary
Total Enrollment 355
Henry P Fieler Elem Sch
407 W 61st Ave
ZIP: 46410
(219) 650-5301
Primary
Total Enrollment 450
Homer Iddings Elem Sch
7249 Vanburen St
ZIP: 46410
(219) 650-5302
Primary
Total Enrollment 540
John Wood Elementary School
6100 E 73rd Ave
ZIP: 46410
(219) 650-5305
Primary
Total Enrollment 299
Jonas E Salk Elem Sch
3001 W 77th Ave
ZIP: 46410
(219) 650-5304
Primary
Total Enrollment 660
Merrillville High Sch
276 E 68th Pl
ZIP: 46410
(219) 650-5307
High
Total Enrollment 2228
Merrillville Intermediate School
1400 W 61st Ave
ZIP: 46410
(219) 650-5306
Middle
Total Enrollment 1006
Pierce Middle School
199 E 70th Pl
ZIP: 46410
(219) 650-5308
Middle
Total Enrollment 1070

Merrillville Private Schools

Andrean High School
5959 Broadway
ZIP: 46410
Secondary
Total Enrollment 584
Aquinas Catholic Community School
801 W 73rd Ave
ZIP: 46410
Elementary
Total Enrollment 147
Happy Days Child Care Center South
86 E 70th Ave
ZIP: 46410
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Laurel Preparatory Academy
7525 Taft St
ZIP: 46410
Elementary
Total Enrollment 30
Montessori Academy-northwest
3602 W 80th Ln
ZIP: 46410
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
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