Chesterton, Indiana

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Population in 2017: 13,503 (99% urban, 1% rural).
Population change since 2000: +28.7%
Males: 6,804  (50.4%)
Females: 6,699  (49.6%)
Median resident age:

38.5 years
Indiana median age:

37.7 years

Zip codes: 46368.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $68,756 (it was $55,530 in 2000)
Chesterton:

$68,756
IN:

$54,181

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $36,026 (it was $26,539 in 2000)

Chesterton town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $204,922 (it was $132,800 in 2000)
Chesterton:

$204,922
IN:

$141,100

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $229,037; detached houses: $237,826; townhouses or other attached units: $268,600; in 2-unit structures: $61,867; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $352,746; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $174,699; mobile homes: $70,538

Median gross rent in 2017: $860.

March 2019 cost of living index in Chesterton: 95.6 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 7.3%
(6.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 6.1% for Black residents, 17.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 22.0% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Chesterton, IN (2017)
    • 12,05985.8%White alone
    • 1,0297.3%Hispanic
    • 4503.2%Asian alone
    • 2331.7%Two or more races
    • 1791.3%Black alone
    • 280.2%Other race alone
    • 90.06%American Indian alone

Races in Chesterton detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Indiana and other state lists, there were 7 registered sex offenders living in Chesterton, Indiana as of May 27, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Chesterton is 1,997 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is much lower than the state average.


Crime rates in Chesterton by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2015

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(7.4)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
1
(8.3)
1
(7.8)
2
(15.6)
0
(0.0)
3
(22.8)
2
(15.2)
1
(7.6)
7
(51.9)
2
(14.8)
2
(14.7)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
5
(43.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(7.8)
5
(39.0)
1
(7.7)
3
(22.8)
1
(7.6)
2
(15.1)
2
(14.8)
0
(0.0)
2
(14.7)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
7
(60.2)
0
(0.0)
5
(39.2)
4
(31.2)
8
(61.7)
8
(60.9)
10
(76.1)
11
(83.3)
4
(29.7)
5
(37.0)
7
(51.6)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
66
(567.3)
71
(586.2)
75
(588.4)
60
(467.7)
45
(347.0)
46
(350.1)
53
(403.5)
40
(302.9)
30
(222.6)
18
(133.4)
10
(73.7)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
228
(1,960)
229
(1,891)
231
(1,812)
284
(2,214)
184
(1,419)
226
(1,720)
168
(1,279)
159
(1,204)
132
(979.3)
87
(644.6)
94
(693.2)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
26
(223.5)
21
(173.4)
18
(141.2)
8
(62.4)
6
(46.3)
9
(68.5)
12
(91.4)
15
(113.6)
9
(66.8)
12
(88.9)
7
(51.6)
Arson
(per 100,000)
3
(25.8)
2
(16.5)
2
(15.7)
2
(15.6)
0
(0.0)
2
(15.2)
1
(7.6)
3
(22.7)
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City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)160.9137.1141.5156.799.4136.1116.4105.7112.076.363.6

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City-data.com crime index in Chesterton, IN

Crime rate in Chesterton detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 26 (22 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.62
Indiana average:

1.42
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Ancestries: German (20.8%), American (12.8%), Polish (10.4%), Irish (4.9%), English (4.1%), Swedish (2.5%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated in 1869

Land area: 8.51 square miles.

Population density: 1,586 people per square mile   (low).

Chesterton, Indiana map

769 residents are foreign born (1.4% Latin America, 0.7% Europe, 0.7% Asia).

This town:

5.5%
Indiana:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $2,253 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,867 (0.9%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Gary, IN (14.9 miles , pop. 102,746).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Chicago, IL (36.0 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Porter, IN (1.3 miles ),
Dune Acres, IN (1.8 miles ),
Burns Harbor, IN (1.9 miles ),
South Haven, IN (2.4 miles ),
Beverly Shores, IN (2.6 miles ),
Portage, IN (2.6 miles ),
Ogden Dunes, IN (2.6 miles ),
Salt Creek Commons, IN (2.8 miles )

Latitude: 41.60 N, Longitude: 87.06 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: -120 (-0.9%)
Workers who live and work in this town: 1,963 (29.7%)

Area code: 219

Distribution of median household income in Chesterton, IN in 2017
Distribution of house value in Chesterton, IN in 2017
Chesterton satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 50 buildings, average cost: $287,900
  • 1998: 48 buildings, average cost: $179,900
  • 1999: 59 buildings, average cost: $257,600
  • 2000: 84 buildings, average cost: $179,900
  • 2001: 81 buildings, average cost: $164,800
  • 2002: 57 buildings, average cost: $221,300
  • 2003: 141 buildings, average cost: $145,400
  • 2004: 180 buildings, average cost: $191,600
  • 2005: 150 buildings, average cost: $220,400
  • 2006: 80 buildings, average cost: $325,100
  • 2007: 45 buildings, average cost: $228,700
  • 2008: 24 buildings, average cost: $310,300
  • 2009: 14 buildings, average cost: $272,800
  • 2010: 28 buildings, average cost: $308,100
  • 2011: 18 buildings, average cost: $153,000
  • 2012: 29 buildings, average cost: $174,900
  • 2013: 54 buildings, average cost: $262,700
  • 2014: 25 buildings, average cost: $270,500
  • 2015: 28 buildings, average cost: $326,000
  • 2016: 59 buildings, average cost: $313,000
  • 2017: 94 buildings, average cost: $274,700
Number of permits per 10,000 Chesterton, IN residents
Average permit cost in Chesterton, IN
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

4.9%
Indiana:

3.9%
Historical population in Chesterton, IN
Historical housing units in Chesterton, IN

Population change in the 1990s: +1,269 (+13.8%).
Most common industries in Chesterton, IN (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Metal & metal products (15.2%)
  • Educational services (12.0%)
  • Health care (8.8%)
  • Construction (6.5%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (5.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.2%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.3%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Metal & metal products (23.4%)
  • Construction (9.3%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (6.1%)
  • Educational services (5.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.0%)
  • Truck transportation (3.6%)
  • Motor vehicle & parts dealers (3.4%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (20.3%)
  • Health care (16.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.4%)
  • Metal & metal products (5.1%)
  • Finance & insurance (4.5%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.4%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (3.6%)
Most common occupations in Chesterton, IN (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.8%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.1%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (3.9%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.9%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (3.7%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (3.3%)
  • Registered nurses (3.1%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (7.9%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (6.1%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.1%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.9%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (3.7%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (3.4%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (7.1%)
  • Registered nurses (6.7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.2%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.7%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (3.6%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (3.2%)

Average climate in Chesterton, Indiana

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI CO NO2 SO2 Ozone PM10 PM2.5 Pb
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 92.3. This is worse than average.

City:

92.3
U.S.:

74.2
Carbon Monoxide Level

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2018 was 0.275. This is about average. Closest monitor was 14.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.275
U.S.:

0.267
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 10.2. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 1.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

10.2
U.S.:

5.6
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 0.688. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 1.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.688
U.S.:

1.789
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 27.6. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 2.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

27.6
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 20.9. This is about average. Closest monitor was 3.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

20.9
U.S.:

19.6
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 8.35. This is about average. Closest monitor was 2.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.35
U.S.:

8.46
Lead Level

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2008 was 0.0222. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 3.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.0222
U.S.:

0.0098

Tornado activity:

Chesterton-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Indiana state average. It is 58% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/21/1967, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 26.8 miles away from the Chesterton town center killed 33 people and injured 500 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 3/12/1976, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 8.0 miles away from the town center injured 7 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Chesterton-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Indiana state average. It is 85% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 222.4 miles away from Chesterton center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 197.4 miles away from Chesterton center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK) earthquake occurred 287.4 miles away from the city center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 95.9 miles away from the city center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 253.1 miles away from the city center
On 7/12/1986 at 08:19:37, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB) earthquake occurred 158.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Porter County (10) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 4, Winter Storms: 4, Tornadoes: 2, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Chesterton topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Chesterton:

  • LAKESHORE SURGICARE, LLC (3111 VILLAGE POINTE)
  • OPPORTUNITY ENTERPRISES INC (2200 ANNABELLE ST)
  • WATERS OF DUNELAND THE (110 BEVERLY DR)
  • DSI - COFFEE CREEK DIALYSIS (3100 VILLAGE POINT, SUITE 101)

Airports located in Chesterton:

Amtrak station near Chesterton:

  • 12 miles: MICHIGAN CITY (100 WASHINGTON ST.) . Services: public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Chesterton:

  • Purdue University-North Central Campus (about 9 miles; Westville, IN; Full-time enrollment: 3,682)
  • Valparaiso University (about 10 miles; Valparaiso, IN; FT enrollment: 3,542)
  • Indiana University-Northwest (about 15 miles; Gary, IN; FT enrollment: 4,390)
  • Purdue University-Calumet Campus (about 22 miles; Hammond, IN; FT enrollment: 7,343)
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College (about 29 miles; Chicago, IL; FT enrollment: 4,110)
  • South Suburban College (about 29 miles; South Holland, IL; FT enrollment: 3,972)
  • Chicago State University (about 30 miles; Chicago, IL; FT enrollment: 4,352)

Public high school in Chesterton:

Public elementary/middle schools in Chesterton:

Private elementary/middle schools in Chesterton:

  • ST PATRICK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 343, Location: 640 N CALUMET RD, Grades: PK-8)
  • CHESTERTON MONTESSORI SCHOOL (Students: 131, Location: 270 E BURDICK RD, Grades: PK-6)
  • DUNELAND MONTESSORI ACADEMY (Students: 13, Location: 109 W PORTER AVE STE B, Grades: PK-4)
See full list of schools located in Chesterton

Library in Chesterton:

  • WESTCHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $2,545,162; Location: 200 WEST INDIANA AVENUE; 153,709 books; 13,054 audio materials; 14,941 video materials; 1 local licensed databases; 37 state licensed databases; 7 other licensed databases; 239 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Chesterton: Sand Creek Country Club (A), Westchester Public Library (B), Chesterton Fire Department (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Chesterton include: Saint Paul Lutheran Church (A), New Life Wesleyan Church (B), First Baptist Church (C), United Pentecostal Church (D), Chesterton Community Church (E), Saint Patricks Church (F), Crocker Bible Baptist Church (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Saint Patricks Cemetery (1), Chesterton Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes: Morgan Lake (A), Chestnut Lakes (B), Chubb Lake (C), Billington Lake (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creek: Coffee Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Parks in Chesterton include: Dogwood Park (1), Chesterton Park (2), Coffee Creek Park (3), Thomds Centennial Park (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Literacy Volunteers of Northwest Indiana (Cultural Attractions- Events- & Facilities; 200 West Indiana Avenue) (1), US Government - National Park Service- Ranger Emergency Service- Communications Center T (Recreation Areas; Howe Road) (2), Indiana Dunes (Recreation Areas; 700 Howe Road) (3), National Park Service - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (Recreation Areas; 1100 North Mineral Springs Road) (4), Splash Down Dunes (Amusement & Theme Parks; 150 East US Highway 20) (5). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Hotels: Indian Oak Resort Spa & Salon (558 Indian Boundary Road) (1), Hilton Garden Inn (501 Gateway North) (2), Econo Lodge Motel (713 Plaza Drive) (3), Econo Lodge Chesterton (713 Plaza Drive) (4), Super 8 Motel (418 Council Road) (5). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Birthplace of: Jim Gaffigan - Film actor, Bill Collins (outfielder) - Baseball player.

Porter County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Chesterton and their reported violations in the past:

SAND CREEK CAMPGROUND (Population served: 53, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUN-2014, Contaminant: Coliform
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2011, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-30-2011), St Public Notif requested (AUG-30-2011), St Boil Water Order (AUG-30-2011), St Compliance achieved (MAY-14-2012)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 7 routine major monitoring violations
  • 4 regular monitoring violations
Average household size:
This town:

2.6 people
Indiana:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

70.7%
Whole state:

66.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

6.9%
Whole state:

6.9%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

People in group quarters in Chesterton in 2010:

  • 88 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 6 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 4 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
89 people in nursing homes in 2000
8 people in homes for the mentally retarded in 2000

Banks with most branches in Chesterton (2011 data):

  • Centier Bank: Valley Savings Branch, 1600 South Calumet Road Branch, Chesterton Branch. Info updated 2011/02/16: Bank assets: $2,123.9 mil, Deposits: $1,840.9 mil, headquarters in Whiting, IN, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 47 total offices, Holding Company: First Bancshares, Inc.
  • 1st Source Bank: Chesterton North Branch at 800 Indian Boundary Road, branch established on 1996/05/09; Chesterton South Branch at 1500 South Calumet Road, branch established on 1976/05/24. Info updated 2008/06/16: Bank assets: $4,361.6 mil, Deposits: $3,520.6 mil, headquarters in South Bend, IN, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 79 total offices, Holding Company: 1st Source Corporation
  • The La Porte Savings Bank: Indian Boundary Branch at 851 Indian Boundary Road, branch established on 2004/02/16. Info updated 2007/11/19: Bank assets: $475.9 mil, Deposits: $335.6 mil, headquarters in La Porte, IN, positive income, 8 total offices
  • BMO Harris Bank National Association: Chesterton In Branch at 502 East Cr 1100w, branch established on 2010/03/29. Info updated 2011/07/14: Bank assets: $97,264.0 mil, Deposits: $75,624.6 mil, headquarters in Chicago, IL, positive income, 717 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of Montreal
  • Fifth Third Bank: Chesterton Branch at 302 Broadway, branch established on 1934/03/01. Info updated 2009/10/05: Bank assets: $114,540.4 mil, Deposits: $89,689.1 mil, headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1378 total offices, Holding Company: Fifth Third Bancorp
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association: Chesterton Branch at 109 Broadway, branch established on 1890/01/01. Info updated 2011/11/10: Bank assets: $1,811,678.0 mil, Deposits: $1,190,738.0 mil, headquarters in Columbus, OH, positive income, International Specialization, 5577 total offices, Holding Company: Jpmorgan Chase & Co.
  • TCF National Bank: Chesterton Jewel Branch at 747 Indian Boundary, branch established on 2001/08/06. Info updated 2009/11/23: Bank assets: $19,007.0 mil, Deposits: $12,377.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 441 total offices, Holding Company: Tcf Financial Corporation
  • Standard Bank and Trust Company: Chesterton Branch at 755 Indian Boundary Line Rd, branch established on 1997/03/17. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $2,140.2 mil, Deposits: $1,872.8 mil, headquarters in Hickory Hills, IL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 43 total offices, Holding Company: Standard Bancshares, Inc.
  • Horizon Bank, National Association: Chesterton Branch at 423 South Roosevelt, branch established on 1994/02/14. Info updated 2010/06/29: Bank assets: $1,546.9 mil, Deposits: $1,018.1 mil, headquarters in Michigan City, IN, positive income, 27 total offices, Holding Company: Horizon Bancorp

For population 15 years and over in Chesterton:

Marital status in Chesterton, IN
  • Never married: 28.5%
  • Now married: 51.9%
  • Separated: 1.9%
  • Widowed: 5.3%
  • Divorced: 12.3%

For population 25 years and over in Chesterton:

  • High school or higher: 92.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 28.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 12.3%
  • Unemployed: 3.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.0 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.9
Indiana average:

11.1

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Chesterton
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Chesterton, IN (based on Porter County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic29,5838
Evangelical Protestant23,85791
Mainline Protestant10,64026
Other1,1367
Orthodox8602
None98,267-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 13
Here:

0.81 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.73 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Porter County:

0.12 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.21 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
This county:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.
Indiana:

0.50 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 58
Porter County:

3.62 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.57 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 105
Porter County:

6.55 / 10,000 pop.
Indiana:

6.78 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.0%
State:

9.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Porter County:

28.6%
State:

29.0%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

12.6%
Indiana:

14.3%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

51.8%
State:

48.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Chesterton:

50.4%
Indiana:

44.9%

Average BMI:
Chesterton:

28.5
Indiana:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
Chesterton:

22.3%
Indiana:

21.7%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

9.1%
Indiana:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.9
Indiana:

6.8

Overweight people:
Chesterton:

34.8%
State:

33.8%

General health condition:
This city:

58.8%
Indiana:

55.3%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

79.6%
Indiana:

78.4%

More about Health and Nutrition of Chesterton, IN Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2016)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Sewerage 22$81,756$44,5940$0
Police Protection - Officers 21$98,870$56,4970$0
Firefighters 15$66,652$53,3220$0
Streets and Highways 13$50,216$46,3530$0
Police - Other 5$13,534$32,4828$3,379
Other and Unallocable 3$10,761$43,0440$0
Parks and Recreation 3$11,800$47,2000$0
Financial Administration 3$10,972$43,8880$0
Other Government Administration 2$9,442$56,65213$3,687
Totals for Government 87$354,003$48,82821$7,066

Chesterton government finances - Expenditure in 2016 (per resident):

  • Construction - General - Other: $1,120,000 ($82.94)
    Sewerage: $140,000 ($10.37)
    Regular Highways: $85,000 ($6.29)
  • Current Operations - Sewerage: $3,256,000 ($241.13)
    Police Protection: $2,345,000 ($173.67)
    Financial Administration: $1,488,000 ($110.20)
    Local Fire Protection: $1,363,000 ($100.94)
    Regular Highways: $1,185,000 ($87.76)
    Solid Waste Management: $844,000 ($62.50)
    General - Other: $836,000 ($61.91)
    Parks and Recreation: $374,000 ($27.70)
    Central Staff Services: $91,000 ($6.74)
  • Employee Retirement - Benefit Payments: $229,000 ($16.96)
    Corporate Bonds: $96,000 ($7.11)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $2,242,000 ($166.04)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $46,000 ($3.41)
    Police Protection: $11,000 ($0.81)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $187,000 ($13.85)

Chesterton government finances - Revenue in 2016 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $8,326,000 ($616.60)
    Solid Waste Management: $855,000 ($63.32)
    Parks and Recreation: $14,000 ($1.04)
  • Employee Retirement - Local Employee Contribution: $105,000 ($7.78)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $32,000 ($2.37)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $140,000 ($10.37)
    Other: $37,000 ($2.74)
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $75,000 ($5.55)
    Donations From Private Sources: $31,000 ($2.30)
    Rents: $27,000 ($2.00)
    Interest Earnings: $3,000 ($0.22)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $1,144,000 ($84.72)
    General Local Government Support: $512,000 ($37.92)
    Other: $173,000 ($12.81)
    Sewerage: $110,000 ($8.15)
  • Tax - Property: $5,880,000 ($435.46)
    Individual Income: $901,000 ($66.73)
    Other License: $177,000 ($13.11)
    Public Utilities Sales: $169,000 ($12.52)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $79,000 ($5.85)

Chesterton government finances - Debt in 2016 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $56,050,000 ($4150.93)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $56,050,000 ($4150.93)

Chesterton government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $7,253,000 ($537.14)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $7,140,000 ($528.77)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,517,000 ($112.35)

6.05% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($54,934 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.05%
Indiana average:

6.06%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Lake County, IN  2.59% ($47,223 average AGI)
from LaPorte County, IN  0.60% ($47,608)
from Cook County, IL  0.55% ($78,234)


6.08% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($52,258 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.08%
Indiana average:

6.25%

0.03% of residents moved to foreign countries ($267 average AGI)
Porter County:

0.03%
Indiana average:

0.03%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Lake County, IN  1.71% ($42,248 average AGI)
to LaPorte County, IN  0.68% ($44,131)
to Cook County, IL  0.39% ($64,409)
Businesses in Chesterton, IN
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Kmart1
Advance Auto Parts1Little Caesars Pizza1
Applebee's1Long John Silver's1
Arby's1McDonald's1
AutoZone1Nike1
Best Western1Penske1
Burger King1Quiznos1
CVS1Sprint Nextel1
Chevrolet1Subway1
Curves1Super 81
Dairy Queen2Taco Bell2
Dunkin Donuts1Toyota1
FedEx2U-Haul1
Ford1UPS9
H&R Block1Walgreens1
Hilton1Wendy's1
Jewel-Osco1White Castle1
Jimmy John's1YMCA1
KFC1

Strongest AM radio stations in Chesterton:

  • WNDZ (750 AM; daytime; 5 kW; PORTAGE, IN; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • WIMS (1420 AM; 5 kW; MICHIGAN CITY, IN; Owner: ST. GEORGE BROADCASTING, LLC, ROBERT J. MACCINI, RECEIVER)
  • WLS (890 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WLS, INC.)
  • WIND (560 AM; 5 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: TICHENOR LICENSE CORPORATION ("TLC"))
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WGN (720 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WGN CONTINENTAL BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WMVP (1000 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WBBM (780 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WVIV (1200 AM; 20 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WLXX-AM LICENSE CORP.)
  • WYLL (1160 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: SCA LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WNTD (950 AM; 5 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: RADIO UNICA OF CHICAGO LICENSE CORP.)
  • WAKE (1500 AM; daytime; 1 kW; VALPARAISO, IN)

Strongest FM radio stations in Chesterton:

  • WDSO (88.3 FM; CHESTERTON, IN; Owner: DUNELAND SCHOOL CORP.)
  • WLJE (105.5 FM; VALPARAISO, IN; Owner: PORTER COUNTY BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WBEW (89.5 FM; CHESTERTON, IN; Owner: THE WBEZ ALLIANCE, INC.)
  • WCKG (105.9 FM; ELMWOOD PARK, IL; Owner: INFINITY HOLDINGS CORPORATION OF ORLANDO)
  • WLIT-FM (93.9 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WJMK (104.3 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING CORP. OF ILLINOIS)
  • WNUA (95.5 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WTMX (101.9 FM; SKOKIE, IL; Owner: BONNEVILLE HOLDING COMPANY)
  • WBBM-FM (96.3 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WKSC-FM (103.5 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WFMT (98.7 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WINDOW TO THE WORLD COMMUNICATIONS)
  • WGCI-FM (107.5 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WZZN (94.7 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: ABC CHICAGO FM RADIO,INC.)
  • WHLP (89.9 FM; HANNA, IN; Owner: CSN INTERNATIONAL)
  • WBEZ (91.5 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: THE WBEZ ALLIANCE, INC.)
  • WKQX (101.1 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: EMMIS RADIO LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WLUP-FM (97.9 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: BONNEVILLE HOLDING COMPANY)
  • WNND (100.3 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: BONNEVILLE HOLDING COMPANY)
  • WOJO (105.1 FM; EVANSTON, IL; Owner: TICHENOR LICENSE CORPORATION ("TLC"))
  • WUSN (99.5 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING CORPORATION OF CHICAGO)

TV broadcast stations around Chesterton:

  • W04CQ (Channel 4; CHESTERTON, IN; Owner: AQUA-LAND COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • W24AW (Channel 24; VALPARAISO, IN; Owner: LESEA BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • W54BK (Channel 54; CHESTERTON, IN; Owner: LESEA BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WYIN (Channel 56; GARY, IN; Owner: NORTHWEST INDIANA PUBLIC BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WLS-TV (Channel 7; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WLS TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WMAQ-TV (Channel 5; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: NBC SUBSIDIARY (WMAQ-TV), INC.)
  • WTTW (Channel 11; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WINDOW TO THE WORLD COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WGN-TV (Channel 9; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WGN CONTINENTAL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WGBO-TV (Channel 66; JOLIET, IL; Owner: WGBO LICENSE PARTNERSHIP, G.P.)
  • WBBM-TV (Channel 2; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: CBS BROADCASTING INC.)
  • WPWR-TV (Channel 50; GARY, IN; Owner: FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.)
  • WXFT (Channel 60; AURORA, IL; Owner: TELEFUTURA CHICAGO LLC)
  • WCPX (Channel 38; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: PAXSON CHICAGO LICENSE, INC.)
  • WCIU-TV (Channel 26; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WCIU-TV LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WFLD (Channel 32; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.)
  • W68DO (Channel 68; PALATINE, IL; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WFBT-CA (Channel 23; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: CHANNEL 23 LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WSNS-TV (Channel 44; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: TELEMUNDO OF CHICAGO, INC.)
  • WJYS (Channel 62; HAMMOND, IN; Owner: JOVON BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WOCH-LP (Channel 28; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: KM LPTV OF CHICAGO-28, L.L.C.)
  • WYCC (Channel 20; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: COLLEGE DIST. #508, COUNTY OF COOK)
  • WOCK-CA (Channel 13; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: KM LPTV OF CHICAGO-13, L.L.C.)
  • W18CF (Channel 18; ELKHART, IN; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • W13BQ (Channel 13; PORTAGE, IN; Owner: STUDIO 5, INC.)
  • WBND-LP (Channel 57; SOUTH BEND, IN; Owner: WBND-TV LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
Fatal accident count
See more detailed statistics of Chesterton fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 98Number of bridges
  • 823ft / 251mTotal length
  • $63,394,000Total costs
  • 925,408Total average daily traffic
  • 155,502Total average daily truck traffic
  • 978,827Total future (year 2036) average daily traffic
New bridges in Chesterton, IN - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 21920-1929
  • 11930-1939
  • 351950-1959
  • 231960-1969
  • 81970-1979
  • 191980-1989
  • 21990-1999
  • 22000-2009
  • 62010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Chesterton, IN
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 full and 2 partial tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED44$139,53926$154,436284$150,39314$59,5971$352,05019$154,0391$202,250
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED4$213,8304$120,48325$181,2721$13,0000$01$239,8800$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED2$138,2808$160,87373$147,0886$62,1100$05$195,6741$128,960
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN1$119,1105$183,46642$164,6402$61,1500$01$112,7000$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$143,0000$013$148,0281$126,2100$01$151,9900$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0501.01 , 0502.01, 0502.02

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 full and 2 partial tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED5$233,2209$182,469
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED2$244,3204$183,095
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$79,0005$180,328
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$0

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0501.01 , 0502.01, 0502.02

Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Chesterton, IN
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Chesterton, IN - Value

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 37. The highest number of fire incidents - 63 took place in 2002, and the least - 1 in 2013. The data has a declining trend.
    Fire incident types in Chesterton, IN When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Structure Fires (40.6%), and Outside Fires (33.7%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Chesterton, IN
    • 25240.6%Structure Fires
    • 20933.7%Outside Fires
    • 12820.6%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 325.2%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Chesterton, IN
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Chesterton, IN
  • 94.3%Utility gas
  • 4.9%Electricity
  • 0.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.3%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Chesterton, IN
  • 67.4%Utility gas
  • 28.8%Electricity
  • 1.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.3%Other fuel
  • 1.1%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.


Chesterton compared to Indiana state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.
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