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Overview

Introduction to Valparaiso, Indiana

Valparaiso, Indiana, in Porter county, is 17 miles SE of Gary, Indiana and 40 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Gary metropolitan area with. Valparaiso contains a population of approximately 27,428.

Valparaiso History

The land on which Valparaiso exits today was purchased by the U.S. Government from Potawatomi Indians in 1832. The first log cabin was built on the land in 1834. It was named the county seat of Portersville in 1836. The present name of Valparaiso was given to the town in 1837.

Valparaiso and nearby Attractions

  • Taltree Arboretum and Gardens
  • Banta Neighborhood
  • 49er Drive-In
  • The Wizard of Oz Festival
  • Sunset Hill Farm County Park
  • Brauer Museum of Art

Things To Do In Valparaiso

The Indiana dunes and Lake Michigan are nearby and have facilities for swimming, hiking and camping. The Banta neighborhood is famous for its historic homes which are made in a variety of architectural styles including Italianate, English/ Cottswald and Arts & Crafts. The Memorial Opera House hosts musical programs regularly.

Valparaiso Transportation

Gary/Chicago International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Valparaiso Higher Education

Valparaiso University is the local university, while Ivy Tech State College-Northwest and Indiana University-Northwest are also in the area.

Demographics

People

Total Population32,271
Male Share of the Population49%
Female Share of the Population51%
Senior Citizens15%
Employed Population 16+14,590
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married41.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher37.9%
Median Earnings25+$36,431
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$14,868
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,449

Wealth

Median Family Income$66,740
% Above Poverty Level85.1%
% Below Poverty Level14.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.5%
% Using Public Transportation1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone34%
Median Gross Rent$855
Median House Value$170,500

Ancestry

Irish18.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)17.4%
Polish9.3%
English9.1%
Italian6%
Swedish3%
Dutch2.6%
Scottish2.5%
French Except Basque2.3%
Greek2.1%
Hungarian2%
Slovak1.6%
Norwegian1.4%
Russian1.2%
Arab1.1%
Welsh1%
Croatian0.8%
Serbian0.8%
Lithuanian0.7%
Czech0.7%
Lebanese0.6%
Canadian0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Belgian0.4%
African0.3%
Romanian0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Austrian0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Finnish0.2%
German0.2%
New Zealand0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
South African0.1%
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Valparaiso Almanac

CategoryValue
County Porter County
Standard Zip Codes46383, 46385
P.O. Box Zip Codes46384
Phone Area Codes219
Time ZoneAmerica/Indiana/Indianapolis
Approximate Latitude41.47
Approximate Longitude-87.05

Valparaiso Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationVALPARAISO WATERWORKS
Distance3.3 miles
Jan Temp16 to 30 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 83 F
Oct Temp43 to 63 F
Annual Precip40 inches
StationWANATAH 2 WNW
Distance6.8 miles
Jan Temp13 to 30 F
Apr Temp37 to 59 F
Jul Temp61 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip38 inches
StationINDIANA DUNES NAT LKSHR
Distance11.1 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
Chesterton13,912$85,288
Kouts1,846$67,857
Portage37,054$67,604
Porter4,873$95,701
Wanatah1,231$75,000
Westville6,862$48,843

Valparaiso Public Libraries

Porter County Public Library System
103 JEFFERSON STREET
Valparaiso, Indiana
(219) 462-0524

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Valparaiso Hospitals

Porter-starke Services Inc
(Proprietary)
701 Wall St
(219) 531-3500
Porter Regional Hospital
(Proprietary)
85 East Us Hwy 6
(219) 983-8300

Valparaiso Public Schools

Central Elementary School
305 Franklin St
ZIP: 46383
(219) 531-3030
Primary
Total Enrollment 371
Cooks Corners Elementary School
358 Bullseye Lake Rd
ZIP: 46383
(219) 531-3040
Primary
Total Enrollment 264
Flint Lake Elementary Sch
4106 N Calumet Ave
ZIP: 46383
(219) 531-3160
Primary
Total Enrollment 538
Jackson Elementary School
811 N 400 E
ZIP: 46383
(219) 983-3680
Primary
Total Enrollment 276
Memorial Elementary School
1052 Park Ave
ZIP: 46383
(219) 531-3090
Primary
Total Enrollment 309
Morgan Township Elementary School
299 S Sr 49
ZIP: 46383
(219) 462-5883
Primary
Total Enrollment 334
Morgan Township Middle/high School
299 S Sr 49
ZIP: 46383
(219) 462-5883
Other
Total Enrollment 402
Northview Elementary School
257 Northview Dr
ZIP: 46383
(219) 531-3100
Primary
Total Enrollment 312
Parkview Elementary School
1405 Wood St
ZIP: 46383
(219) 531-3110
Primary
Total Enrollment 251
Paul Saylor Elementary School
331 Midway
ZIP: 46383
(219) 763-8040
Primary
Total Enrollment 344
Porter County Career Center
1005 N Franklin
ZIP: 46383
(219) 531-3170
Other
South Haven Elementary School
395 W Midway Dr
ZIP: 46383
(219) 763-8045
Primary
Total Enrollment 366
Thomas Jefferson Elem Sch
1700 Roosevelt Rd
ZIP: 46383
(219) 531-3130
Primary
Total Enrollment 301
Thomas Jefferson Middle Sch
1600 Roosevelt Rd
ZIP: 46383
(219) 531-3140
Middle
Total Enrollment 670
Washington Twp Elementary School
383 E Sr 2
ZIP: 46383
(219) 464-3597
Primary
Total Enrollment 371
Washington Twp Middle/high School
381 E Sr 2
ZIP: 46383
(219) 464-3598
Other
Total Enrollment 452
Benjamin Franklin Mid Sch
605 Campbell
ZIP: 46385
(219) 531-3020
Middle
Total Enrollment 832
Boone Grove High School
260 S 500 W
ZIP: 46385
(219) 988-4481
High
Total Enrollment 505
Hayes Leonard Elementary Sch
653 Hayes Leonard Rd
ZIP: 46385
(219) 531-3060
Primary
Total Enrollment 347
John Simatovich Elem Sch
424 W 500 N
ZIP: 46385
(219) 759-2508
Primary
Total Enrollment 263
Special Education Division
750 Ransom Rd
ZIP: 46385
(219) 464-9607
Other
Union Center Elementary Sch
272 N 600 W
ZIP: 46385
(219) 759-2544
Primary
Total Enrollment 317
Union Township Middle Sch
599 W 300 N
ZIP: 46385
(219) 759-2562
Middle
Total Enrollment 396
Valparaiso High School
2727 N Campbell St
ZIP: 46385
(219) 531-3070
High
Total Enrollment 2065
Wheeler High School
587 W 300 N
ZIP: 46385
(219) 759-2561
High
Total Enrollment 549

Valparaiso Private Schools

Immanuel Lutheran School
1700 Monticello Park Dr
ZIP: 46383
Elementary
Total Enrollment 195
Victory Christian Academy
3805 Laporte Ave Ste B
ZIP: 46383
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 237
Shults-lewis School
325 S 150 E
ZIP: 46384
Secondary
Total Enrollment 11
Emmanuel Baptist Academy
760 Mccool Rd
ZIP: 46385
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 34
South Haven Christian School
786 Juniper Rd
ZIP: 46385
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 76
St Paul Catholic School
1755 Harrison Blvd
ZIP: 46385
Elementary
Total Enrollment 358
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