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Overview

Introduction to Whiting, Indiana

Whiting, Indiana, in Lake county, is 6 miles N of Hammond, Indiana and 14 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois.

Whiting History

Whiting is nicknamed the 'Little City on the Lake' because of its location on the southern shore of Lake Michigan. In the mid 1800s, this city had very few residents, almost all of whom were brought to the area by the railroads. The Michigan Southern Railroad entered the area in 1851, and Germans were the first European settlers to arrive in the city. After the Civil War, Henry Schrage opened the first store in the area, which soon became the political, social and commercial center of the community. In the late 1880s, the Standard Oil Company established operations in Whiting. As a result, the area was incorporated as a town in 1895, and then as a city in 1903.

Whiting and nearby Attractions

  • Matteson Historical Museum
  • Hoosier Prairie State Nature Preserve
  • Chicago Portage National Historic Site
  • William W. Powers State Recreation Area
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Adler Planetarium

Things To Do In Whiting

The Whiting-Robertsdale Historical Society houses a museum that showcases the heritage of the Whiting-Robertsdale communities. Other nearby museums include the DuSable Museum of African-American History, the Oriental Institute Museum, the Midwest Carvers Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Smart Museum of Art. The Robert S. Abbott House, the Chicago Portage National Historic Site, the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and the Unity Temple are some sites of historic interest and importance located within 20 miles of the city. The 160-acre William W. Powers State Recreation Area, located on Wolf Lake, offers facilities for fishing, boating and picnicking. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Billy Casper Golf Course, the Burnham Woods Golf Course, the Harborside International Golf Center or at the Jackson Park Golf Club. Whiting hosts the Pierogi Festival every July. This festival, celebrated to honor the venerable pierogi dumpling, draws crowds from many neighboring communities.

Whiting Transportation

Gary/Chicago International is the closest major airport.

Whiting Higher Education

Whiting is home to the Calumet College of Saint Joseph. Other nearby colleges and universities include Chicago State University, the University of Chicago and Purdue University-Calumet Campus.

Demographics

People

Total Population4,858
Male Share of the Population51.9%
Female Share of the Population48.1%
Senior Citizens9.3%
Employed Population 16+2,160
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married37.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher13.3%
Median Earnings25+$36,904
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$30,489
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,568

Wealth

Median Family Income$67,875
% Above Poverty Level83.7%
% Below Poverty Level16.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home0.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.6%
% Using Public Transportation1.6%

Housing

People Living Alone24.2%
Median Gross Rent$832
Median House Value$123,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)40.4%
German15.8%
Polish14.1%
Irish10.8%
Slovak6.3%
English6.2%
Italian4.5%
French Except Basque3.6%
Swedish2.6%
Hungarian2.2%
Dutch2.2%
Croatian2.1%
Welsh1.6%
Serbian0.8%
Russian0.6%
Finnish0.6%
Greek0.5%
Egyptian0.5%
Arab0.5%
Danishn0.5%
Ukrainian0.4%
Belgian0.4%
Scottish0.3%
Lithuanian0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Romanian0.1%
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Whiting Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lake County
Standard Zip Codes46394
Phone Area Codes219
Time ZoneAmerica/Indiana/Indianapolis
Approximate Latitude41.67
Approximate Longitude-87.48

Whiting Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCHICAGO UNIVERSITY
Distance9 miles
Jan Temp18 to 32 F
Apr Temp42 to 59 F
Jul Temp66 to 84 F
Oct Temp46 to 64 F
Annual Precip38 inches
StationHOBART 2 WNW
Distance14.1 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip38 inches
StationPARK FOREST
Distance15.8 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Dyer16,077$93,622
East Chicago28,728$33,477
Gary77,416$35,342
Hammond77,827$49,681
Munster23,005$93,477

Whiting Public Libraries

Whiting Public Library
1735 OLIVER STREET
Whiting, Indiana
(219) 659-0269

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Whiting Public Schools

Benjamin Franklin Elem Sch
1000 116th St
ZIP: 46394
(219) 659-1241
Primary
Total Enrollment 319
George Rogers Clark Md/hs
1921 Davis Ave
ZIP: 46394
(219) 659-3522
Other
Total Enrollment 1427
Nathan Hale Elementary School
1831 Oliver St
ZIP: 46394
(219) 659-0738
Primary
Total Enrollment 488
Whiting High School
1751 Oliver St
ZIP: 46394
(219) 659-0255
High
Total Enrollment 411
Whiting Middle School
1800 New York Ave
ZIP: 46394
(219) 473-1344
Middle
Total Enrollment 271

Whiting Private Schools

St John The Baptist Catholic School
1844 Lincoln Ave
ZIP: 46394
Elementary
Total Enrollment 371
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