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Overview

Introduction to Michigan City, Indiana

Michigan City, Indiana, in La Porte county, is 25 miles E of Gary, Indiana and 41 miles E of Chicago, Illinois.

Michigan City History

The origins of Michigan City date back to the early 1800s. Land for the city was first purchased by Isaac C. Elston in the 1830s. The area had access to two sand dunes: Mount Baldy, the wandering dune, and Hoosier Slide. In the late 19th century, Hoosier Slide was mined for its sand. It disappeared by 1920, and later on the land became the site of the NIPSCO generating station. The city was formally incorporated in 1836.

Michigan City and nearby Attractions

  • Great Lakes Museum of Military History
  • Old Michigan City Light
  • Lighthouse Place Outlet Mall
  • Otter Creek
  • Washington Park Marina
  • Gill Field

Things To Do In Michigan City

The Great Lakes Museum of Military History houses a variety of military memorabilia, including uniforms, vehicles and weapons. The Old Michigan City Light is one of the state's few lighthouses. Michigan City also has a zoo, which is an ideal destination for a day trip. Michigan City also hosts the popular Lakefront Art Festival. Among the other places of interest in Michigan City are the Marquette Mall, the Dunes Plaza, the Pottawattamie Country Club, the Washington Park Marina and the Michigan City Yacht Club.

Michigan City Transportation

Air transportation facilities are offered by the Porter County Muni Airport.

Michigan City Higher Education

The local institute offering higher educational opportunities is the Commonwealth Business College-Michigan City. Other institutes nearby are Purdue University-North Central Campus, Valparaiso University and Andrews University.

Demographics

People

Total Population31,374
Male Share of the Population49.7%
Female Share of the Population50.3%
Senior Citizens14.6%
Employed Population 16+12,221
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married36.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17.3%
Median Earnings25+$27,333
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,143
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,004

Wealth

Median Family Income$43,474
% Above Poverty Level72.8%
% Below Poverty Level27.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.7%
% Using Public Transportation2.3%

Housing

People Living Alone34.8%
Median Gross Rent$717
Median House Value$90,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)39%
German19.3%
Irish12%
Polish9.7%
English3.6%
Italian2.5%
French Except Basque2.1%
Dutch1.6%
Scottish1.5%
Swedish1.4%
Arab1.2%
Norwegian0.7%
Czech0.7%
Lebanese0.6%
Welsh0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
Greek0.4%
Russian0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
Slovak0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Moroccan0.2%
African0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
West Indian0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Swiss0.1%
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Michigan City Almanac

CategoryValue
County La Porte County, LaPorte County
Standard Zip Codes46360
P.O. Box Zip Codes46361
Phone Area Codes219
Time ZoneAmerica/Indiana/Indianapolis
Approximate Latitude41.71
Approximate Longitude-86.87

Michigan City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationLA PORTE
Distance10 miles
Jan Temp16 to 30 F
Apr Temp39 to 58 F
Jul Temp65 to 83 F
Oct Temp44 to 62 F
Annual Precip40.8 inches
StationINDIANA DUNES NAT LKSHR
Distance11.8 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
StationSOUTH BEND RGNL AP
Distance28.2 miles
Jan Temp16 to 31 F
Apr Temp38 to 59 F
Jul Temp63 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 62 F
Annual Precip39.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Beverly Shores626$105,938
La Porte21,876$42,940

Michigan City Public Libraries

Michigan City Public Library
100 EAST 4TH STREET
Michigan City, Indiana
(219) 873-3040

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Michigan City Hospitals

Franciscan St Anthony Health - Michigan City
(Non-profit)
301 W Homer St
(219) 879-8511

Michigan City Public Schools

Barker Middle Sch
319 E Barker Rd
ZIP: 46360
(219) 873-2057
Middle
Total Enrollment 455
Elston Middle School
317 Detroit St
ZIP: 46360
(219) 873-2035
Marsh Elementary School
400 E Homer St
ZIP: 46360
(219) 873-2102
Primary
Total Enrollment 334
Michigan City High Sch
8466 W Pahs Rd
ZIP: 46360
(219) 873-2044
High
Total Enrollment 1712
Edgewood Elementary School
502 Boyd Cir
ZIP: 46360
(219) 873-2079
Primary
Total Enrollment 248
Knapp Elementary School
321 Bolka Ave
ZIP: 46360
(219) 873-2096
Primary
Total Enrollment 320
Lake Hills Elementary School
201 Ferguson Rd
ZIP: 46360
(219) 873-2105
Primary
Total Enrollment 515
Pine Elementary School
1660 Co Line Rd
ZIP: 46360
(219) 873-2114
Primary
Total Enrollment 488
Martin T Krueger Middle Sch
2001 Springland Ave
ZIP: 46360
(219) 873-2061
Middle
Total Enrollment 440
Coolspring Elementary School
9121 W 300 N
ZIP: 46360
(219) 873-2073
Primary
Total Enrollment 322
Springfield Elementary School
3054 W 800 N
ZIP: 46360
(219) 873-2117
Primary
Total Enrollment 414
Joy Elementary School
1600 E Coolspring Ave
ZIP: 46360
(219) 873-2090
Primary
Total Enrollment 509
A K Smith Area Career Ctr
817 Lafayette St
ZIP: 46360
(219) 873-2120
High
Niemann Elementary School
811 Royal Rd
ZIP: 46360
(219) 873-2108

Michigan City Private Schools

Notre Dame School
1000 Moore Rd
ZIP: 46360
Elementary
Total Enrollment 194
Imagination Station Child Development Center
1200 E Coolspring Ave
ZIP: 46360
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
St Paul Lutheran School
818 Franklin St
ZIP: 46360
Elementary
Total Enrollment 162
St Stanislaus School
1506 Washington St
ZIP: 46360
Elementary
Total Enrollment 130
Marquette Catholic High School
306 W 10th St
ZIP: 46360
Secondary
Total Enrollment 186
Queen Of All Saints Elementary School
1715 E Barker Ave
ZIP: 46360
Elementary
Total Enrollment 159
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