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.


Total Population 31,412
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 14.7%
Employed Population 16+ 11,820
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 36.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.5%
Median Earnings25+ $27,400
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,537
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,147


Median Family Income $42,356
% Above Poverty Level 72.2%
% Below Poverty Level 27.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.5%
% Using Public Transportation 2.8%


People Living Alone 36%
Median Gross Rent $698
Median House Value $93,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.3%
US/American 0%
English 4.1%
Irish 12.3%

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

Michigan City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 25 miles E of Gary, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 41 miles E of Chicago, Illinois
County La Porte
Standard Zip Codes 46360
P.O. Box Zip Codes 46361
Phone Area Codes 219
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.71
Longitude -86.88

Michigan City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station LA PORTE
Distance 10 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 30 F
Apr Temp 39 to 58 F
Jul Temp 65 to 83 F
Oct Temp 44 to 62 F
Annual Precip 40.8 inches
Distance 11.8 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
Distance 28.2 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 39.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Michigan City, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

City (46360)

Mich City (46360)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beverly Shores 547 $87,500
La Porte 22,242 $42,659

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

Michigan City Public Libraries

Michigan City Pl
Michigan City, Indiana
(219) 873-3040
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Michigan City Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(219) 879-8511
Emergency Service: Yes

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Michigan City High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

8466 W PAHS RD
Serves 1,893 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

POB 9047
A Non-traditional School

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