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Overview

Introduction to Munster, Indiana

Munster, Indiana, in Lake county, is 1 mile S of Hammond, Indiana and 21 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. The town is located in the Gary metropolitan area. Munster has a population of 21,511.

Munster History

The Potawatomi Indians were the original inhabitants of Munster. The town was a French territory during the late 1600s and early 1700s. It was also claimed as a part of the British Empire in the 1760s. Munster became a part of the United States of America in the 1780s, and the area was settled in by Europeans in the late 1820s. Jacob Munster was one of the early settlers of the area. Munster was incorporated as a town in 1907.

Munster and nearby Attractions

  • The Historical Kaske House
  • Hoosier Prairie State Nature Preserve
  • Midwest Carvers Museum
  • William W. Powers State Recreation Area
  • Museum of Science and Industry

Things To Do In Munster

In Munster, you can spend your leisure hours at Beech Park, Bieker Woods Park, Circle Park, Briar Creek Park, Hart Park, Orchard Park, Centennial Park and Twin Creek Park. The Veterans War Memorial and the Historical Kaske House are also worth visiting. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Eastwood Mall Shopping Center and the Calumet Shopping Center.

Munster Transportation

Gary/Chicago Airport is nearby.

Munster Higher Education

Purdue University- Calumet Campus, Prairie State College, Indiana University- Northwest and South Suburban College are the nearby colleges and universities.

Demographics

People

Total Population23,103
Male Share of the Population49.5%
Female Share of the Population50.5%
Senior Citizens19%
Employed Population 16+10,804
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married52.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher44.1%
Median Earnings25+$47,630
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$30,422
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,890

Wealth

Median Family Income$85,880
% Above Poverty Level91.7%
% Below Poverty Level8.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.8%
% Using Public Transportation6.2%

Housing

People Living Alone25.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,062
Median House Value$212,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)24.1%
German18.3%
Irish14.2%
Polish14.2%
Italian7.8%
English6.9%
Croatian4.1%
Dutch4%
Hungarian2.7%
Slovak2.4%
Swedish2.4%
Greek2.2%
Serbian2%
French Except Basque1.8%
Scottish1.2%
Arab1.2%
Ukrainian1.1%
Welsh1%
Czech0.9%
Lithuanian0.8%
Norwegian0.7%
Russian0.7%
African0.7%
Finnish0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Nigerian0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Canadian0.3%
Palestinian0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Ghanaian0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Albanian0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Munster Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lake County
Standard Zip Codes46321
Phone Area Codes219
Time ZoneAmerica/Indiana/Indianapolis
Approximate Latitude41.54
Approximate Longitude-87.5

Munster 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
Distance9.9 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
Distance17.4 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
Distance21.2 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
East Chicago28,961$31,291
Griffith16,583$65,801
Hammond78,349$47,097
Schererville28,899$92,837

Munster Hospitals

Community Hospital
(Non-profit)
901 Macarthur Blvd
(219) 836-1600
Franciscan Physicians Hospital Llc
(Non-profit)
701 Superior Ave
(219) 922-4200

Munster Public Schools

Wilbur Wright Middle School
8650 Columbia Ave
ZIP: 46321
(219) 836-6260
Middle
Total Enrollment 943
Ernest R Elliott Elem Sch
8718 White Oak Ave
ZIP: 46321
(219) 838-5250
Primary
Total Enrollment 409
Frank H Hammond Elem Sch
1301 Fran-lin Pky
ZIP: 46321
(219) 838-2060
Primary
Total Enrollment 608
Munster High School
8808 Columbia Ave
ZIP: 46321
(219) 836-3200
High
Total Enrollment 1522
James B Eads Elementary Sch
8001 Harrison Ave
ZIP: 46321
(219) 836-8635
Primary
Total Enrollment 543

Munster Private Schools

St Thomas More School
8435 Calumet Ave
ZIP: 46321
Elementary
Total Enrollment 525
St Paul's Lutheran School
8601 Harrison Ave
ZIP: 46321
Elementary
Total Enrollment 169
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