Merrillville, Indiana

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Population in 2014: 35,450 (97% urban, 3% rural). Population change since 2000: +16.0%
 
Males: 17,750  (50.1%)
Females: 17,700  (49.9%)
Median resident age:  37.6 years
Indiana median age:  37.3 years

Zip codes: 46410.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $50,621 (it was $49,545 in 2000)
Merrillville:

$50,621
IN:

$47,529

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $23,452 (it was $22,293 in 2000)

Merrillville town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $129,636 (it was $101,300 in 2000)
Merrillville:

$129,636
IN:

$122,200

Median gross rent in 2013: $930.

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  • Races in Merrillville, IN (2010)

    Merrillville races chart
    • 15,41043.7%Black alone
    • 14,09540.0%White alone
    • 4,53312.9%Hispanic
    • 6831.9%Two or more races
    • 4121.2%Asian alone
    • 620.2%Other race alone
    • 470.1%American Indian alone
    • 40.01%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

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

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Merrillville: 97.3 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (9.3%), Irish (6.6%), Polish (4.5%), Italian (3.5%), English (3.4%), United States (2.9%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 12/30/1971

Elevation: 650 feet

Land area: 33.3 square miles.

Population density: 1,065 people per square mile   (low).

Merrillville,IN real estate house value index trend

Merrillville, Indiana map

For population 25 years and over in Merrillville:

  • High school or higher: 91.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 20.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.3%
  • Unemployed: 4.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 28.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Merrillville town:

  • Never married: 35.1%
  • Now married: 43.9%
  • Separated: 1.6%
  • Widowed: 6.5%
  • Divorced: 13.0%

2,099 residents are foreign born (2.7% Latin America, 2.0% Europe, 1.1% Asia).

This town:

5.9%
Indiana:

4.8%



According to our research of Indiana and other state lists there were 40 registered sex offenders living in Merrillville, Indiana as of December 10, 2016.
The ratio of number of residents in Merrillville to the number of sex offenders is 891 to 1.
The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is smaller than the state average.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,535 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,574 (1.3%)

Merrillville satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Gary, IN (6.6 miles , pop. 102,746).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Chicago, IL (30.3 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Crown Point, IN (2.1 miles ), Hobart, IN (2.1 miles ), Schererville, IN (2.4 miles ), Griffith, IN (2.4 miles ), New Chicago, IN (2.4 miles ), Winfield, IN (2.5 miles ), Gary, IN (2.6 miles ), Lake Station, IN (2.6 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 82 buildings, average cost: $89,800
  • 1998: 73 buildings, average cost: $103,600
  • 1999: 74 buildings, average cost: $111,100
  • 2000: 52 buildings, average cost: $115,000
  • 2001: 55 buildings, average cost: $138,300
  • 2002: 57 buildings, average cost: $136,400
  • 2003: 63 buildings, average cost: $140,800
  • 2004: 71 buildings, average cost: $134,800
  • 2005: 103 buildings, average cost: $165,300
  • 2006: 119 buildings, average cost: $135,200
  • 2007: 57 buildings, average cost: $146,800
  • 2008: 27 buildings, average cost: $141,100
  • 2009: 16 buildings, average cost: $129,500
  • 2010: 20 buildings, average cost: $104,400
  • 2011: 17 buildings, average cost: $165,000
  • 2012: 16 buildings, average cost: $129,500
  • 2013: 17 buildings, average cost: $141,800
  • 2014: 25 buildings, average cost: $149,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 41.49 N, Longitude: 87.34 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +6,725 (+19.0%)
Workers who live and work in this town: 4,229 (25.7%)

Area code: 219

Merrillville household income distribution Merrillville home values distribution

Crime rates in Merrillville by Year
Type 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Murders 2100134032434
per 100,000 6.53.20.00.03.29.312.40.08.95.611.38.411.2
Rapes 2224220343615
per 100,000 6.56.46.412.76.36.20.09.011.88.517.02.814.0
Robberies 25232418274224283536393341
per 100,000 80.873.976.957.385.1130.974.284.0103.4101.6110.492.3114.8
Assaults 5273667644222135371576269
per 100,000 16.286.7115.4213.2201.7130.968.039.0156.6200.4161.4173.4193.2
Burglaries 7791938293123121146110151143246183
per 100,000 248.8292.4298.1260.9293.1383.3374.0437.8325.1426.2404.8688.0512.4
Thefts 7958338247548578097336641,0381,0821,125979956
per 100,000 2,568.32,676.12,641.02,399.02,700.62,521.02,265.61,991.13,067.53,054.33,184.72,738.02,676.8
Auto thefts 1711811661541521331079912514712211291
per 100,000 552.4581.5532.1490.0479.0414.4330.7296.9369.4414.9345.4313.2254.8
Arson 311102530222N/A
per 100,000 9.73.23.23.20.06.215.59.00.05.65.75.6N/A
City-data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 287.5) 211.0226.2221.5224.5245.3251.2204.9175.1265.9275.2286.4265.5271.4

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City-data.com crime index counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Merrillville detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 64 (49 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.37
Indiana average:

1.88

Merrillville tourist attractions:

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.8%
Indiana:

4.0%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +2,504 (+8.9%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (26%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (6%)
  • Construction (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (26%)
  • Retail trade (17%)
  • Manufacturing (11%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (4%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Production occupations (17%)
  • Transportation occupations (10%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (8%)
  • Material moving occupations (8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
  • Sales and related occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (20%)
  • Sales and related occupations (15%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (9%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Management occupations (6%)
  • Production occupations (5%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (5%)

Work and jobs in Merrillville: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Merrillville, Indiana

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Merrillville, Indiana average temperatures Merrillville, Indiana average precipitation Merrillville, Indiana humidity Merrillville, Indiana wind speed Merrillville, Indiana snowfall Merrillville, Indiana sunshine Merrillville, Indiana clear and cloudy days

Tornado activity:

Merrillville-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Indiana state average. It is 64% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/21/1967, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 20.2 miles away from the Merrillville town center killed 33 people and injured 500 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 8/28/1990, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 39.7 miles away from the town center killed 29 people and injured 350 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Merrillville-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 211.8 miles away from the city 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 186.6 miles away from Merrillville 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 81.1 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 243.1 miles away from the city center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 209.9 miles away from Merrillville 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 289.7 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 Lake County (15) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 8, Winter Storms: 4, Tornadoes: 3, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Merrillville topographic map

Birthplace of: Karen McDougal - Playboy Playmate, Eugene Wilson - 2005 NFL player (New England Patriots, born: Aug 17, 1980), Eugene Wilson (American football) - Football player, Jeff Samardzija - College football player, David Neville (athlete) - Athletics competitor, David Carson - College basketball player (Oakland Golden Grizzlies), Justin Johnson - College basketball player (St. Louis Billikens).

Main business address for: NORTHERN INDIANA PUBLIC SERVICE CO (ELECTRIC & OTHER SERVICES COMBINED), NISOURCE INC/DE (ELECTRIC & OTHER SERVICES COMBINED).

Hospitals in Merrillville:

  • ARC BRIDGES INC (1921 54TH AVE W)
  • ARC BRIDGES, INC (6371 VERMONT ST)
  • ARC BRIDGES, INC (6101 HAYES STREET)
  • ARC BRIDGES, INC (407 W 75TH PLACE)
  • IN-PACT INC (211 W 76TH AVE)
  • IN-PACT INC (5802 VERMONT ST)
  • METHODIST HOSPITAL SOUTHLAKE (8701 BROADWAY)
  • REM-INDIANA INC (860 W 65TH LANE)
  • SOUTHLAKE CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH INC (8555 TAFT STREET)
  • UNITY HOSPICE OF NORTHWEST INDIANA LLC (7863 BROADWAY SUTE 240B)

Heliports located in Merrillville:

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Amtrak stations near Merrillville:

  • 10 miles: DYER (SHEFFIELD RD.) . Services: enclosed waiting area, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking.
  • 17 miles: HAMMOND-WHITING (HAMMOND, 1135 CALUMET AVE.) . Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.
  • 19 miles: HOMEWOOD (181 1ST ST. & PARK AVE.) . Services: ticket office, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, public transit connection.

Colleges/Universities in Merrillville:

  • Everest College-Merrillville (Full-time enrollment: 931; Location: 8585 Broadway, Suite 200; Private, for-profit; Website: www.everest.edu/campus/merrillville)
  • Brown Mackie College-Merrillville (FT enrollment: 590; Location: 1000 E 80th Place, Suite 2055; Private, for-profit; Website: www.brownmackie.edu)
  • ITT Technical Institute-Merrillville (FT enrollment: 336; Location: 8488 Georgia St; Private, for-profit; Website: www.itt-tech.edu)
  • Success Schools (FT enrollment: 213; Location: 8101 Polo Club Dr; Private, for-profit; Website: www.successbarberschool.com)
  • Regency Beauty Institute-Merrillville (FT enrollment: 147; Location: 2505 Southland Mall, Store 2495D; Private, for-profit; Website: www.regency.edu)
  • Merrillville Beauty College (FT enrollment: 54; Location: 48 W 67th Pl; Private, for-profit; Website: MerrillvilleBeautyCollege.com)
  • Kaplan College-Merrillville (Location: 3803 E Lincoln Hwy; Private, for-profit; Website: merrillville.kaplancollege.com/Pages/Homepage.aspx)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Merrillville:

  • Indiana University-Northwest (about 5 miles; Gary, IN; Full-time enrollment: 4,390)
  • Purdue University-Calumet Campus (about 10 miles; Hammond, IN; FT enrollment: 7,343)
  • Valparaiso University (about 16 miles; Valparaiso, IN; FT enrollment: 3,542)
  • Prairie State College (about 16 miles; Chicago Heights, IL; FT enrollment: 4,050)
  • South Suburban College (about 17 miles; South Holland, IL; FT enrollment: 3,972)
  • Governors State University (about 20 miles; University Park, IL; FT enrollment: 4,043)
  • City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College (about 21 miles; Chicago, IL; FT enrollment: 4,110)

Public high school in Merrillville:

Private high school in Merrillville:

Public elementary/middle schools in Merrillville:

Private elementary/middle school in Merrillville:

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Library in Merrillville:

  • LAKE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $14,463,409; Location: 1919 WEST 81ST AVENUE; 1,044,948 books; 5,008 e-books; 77,740 audio materials; 93,682 video materials; 41 local licensed databases; 37 state licensed databases; 803 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Merrillville: Salvatorian Fathers Monastery (A), Broadway Center (B), Turkey Creek Golf Course (C), Innsbrook Country Club (D), Turkey Creek Country Club (E), Ross Township Fire Service Station 5 (F), Southlake Center for Mental Health (G), Ross Township Fire Service Station 1 (H), Ross Township Fire Service Station 2 (I), Ross Township Fire Service Station 3 (J), Ross Township Fire Service Station 4 (K). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Century Mall (1), Crossroad Plaza Shopping Center (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Main business address in Merrillville include: NORTHERN INDIANA PUBLIC SERVICE CO (A), NISOURCE INC/DE (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Merrillville include: Saint Stephen Martyr Church (A), Salvatorian Fathers Monastery (B), Descent of the Holy Ghost Church (C), Saint Michaels Byzantine Church (D), Saint Clement Church (E), South Lake Church of the Nazarene (F), Saint Elijah Serbian Church (G), Our Lady of Consolation Church (H), Trinity Free Methodist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Merrillville Cemetery (1), Deep River Cemetery (2), Calumet Park Cemetery (3), Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Parks in Merrillville include: Oak Ridge Prairie County Park (1), Hidden Lake Park (2), Forest Hill Park (3), Tahoe Park (4), Independence Park (5), Rosenbaum Park (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotels: Lees Inn & Suites Merrillville (6201 Opportunity Lane) (1), La Quinta Inn Merrillville (8210 Louisiana Street) (2), Fairfield Inn by Marriott - Merrillville (8275 Georgia Street) (3), Courtyard Merrillville (7850 Rhode Island Avenue) (4), Days Inn Merrillville IN (1350 East 83rd Avenue) (5), Days Inn (1350 East 83rd Avenue) (6), Star Plaza Theatre (Radison Hotel At Station) (7), Extended Stayamerica (1355 East 83rd Avenue) (8), Courtyard by Marriott (7850 Rhode Island Street) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Court: United States Government - Court U S District- Clerk (1571 East 85th) (1). Display/hide its approximate location on the map

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

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 119. This is significantly worse than average.

City:

119
U.S.:

75

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2013 was 0.449. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 7.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.449
U.S.:

0.293

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 11.2. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 2.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

11.2
U.S.:

6.4

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 2.30. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 2.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

2.30
U.S.:

1.91

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 26.0. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 7.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

26.0
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 20.1. This is about average. Closest monitor was 7.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

20.1
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 11.0. This is about average. Closest monitor was 6.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

11.0
U.S.:

9.4

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2009 was 0.0143. This is about average. Closest monitor was 2.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.0143
U.S.:

0.0138
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 15.6%
(11.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 17.7% for Black residents, 22.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 23.1% for American Indian residents, 31.3% for other race residents, 17.8% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This town:  2.5 people
Indiana:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  65.8%
Whole state:  66.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  5.8%
Whole state:  6.9%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in Merrillville in 2010:

  • 362 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 72 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 10 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 7 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 4 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)

People in group quarters in Merrillville in 2000:

  • 396 people in nursing homes
  • 40 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 37 people in other group homes
  • 28 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 22 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 9 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 9 people in religious group quarters
  • 6 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 5 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 3 people in other nonhousehold living situations

Merrillville, Indiana environmental map by EPA

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Banks with most branches in Merrillville (2011 data):

  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association: Southlake Mall Banking Center Branch, Merrillville Branch, Independence Hill Branch, Broadway Center Branch. 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.
  • First Midwest Bank: Merrillville West Branch, 61st Street Branch, Merrillville East Office. Info updated 2011/12/22: Bank assets: $7,848.0 mil, Deposits: $6,529.2 mil, headquarters in Itasca, IL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 100 total offices, Holding Company: First Midwest Bancorp, Inc.
  • Fifth Third Bank: Merrillville North Branch, Southlake Banking Center Branch, Merrillville South. 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
  • Peoples Bank SB: Merrillville East at 8600 Broadway Avenue, branch established on 1996/09/27; 7915 Taft St. Branch at 7915 Taft Street, branch established on 1968/09/03. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $652.4 mil, Deposits: $528.1 mil, headquarters in Munster, IN, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 12 total offices, Holding Company: Northwest Indiana Bancorp
  • Centier Bank: Merrillville Branch at 8310 Broadway, branch established on 1975/12/27; Ultra Supermarket Branch at 6110 Broadway, branch established on 1998/12/02. 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.
  • Horizon Bank, National Association: Merrillville Branch at 8590 Broadway, branch established on 2006/05/01. 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
  • Standard Bank and Trust Company: Merrillville Branch at 579 West Lincoln Highway, branch established on 2005/10/31. 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.
  • PNC Bank, National Association: Merrillville Branch at 8001 Broadway, branch established on 1992/06/29. Info updated 2012/03/20: Bank assets: $263,309.6 mil, Deposits: $197,343.0 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 3085 total offices, Holding Company: Pnc Financial Services Group, Inc., The
  • BMO Harris Bank National Association: Merrillville Branch at 7701 Broadway Avenue, branch established on 1976/07/13. 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
  • 2 other banks with 2 local branches

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.0
Indiana average:

11.1

Merrillville travel time to work - commute Merrillville mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

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Neighborhoods in Merrillville:

(Merrillville, Indiana Neighborhood Map)

Religion statistics for Merrillville town (based on Lake County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic101,09658
Evangelical Protestant98,213266
Mainline Protestant28,94378
Black Protestant25,45974
Orthodox13,99014
Other7,46029
None220,844-
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: 82
Lake County:

1.67 / 10,000 pop.
Indiana:

1.73 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 4
This county:

0.08 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.21 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 30
Lake County:

0.61 / 10,000 pop.
Indiana:

0.50 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 175
Lake County:

3.56 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.57 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 288
Here:

5.86 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.78 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

10.8%
Indiana:

9.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Lake County:

32.3%
Indiana:

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

11.7%
State:

14.3%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

50.1%
Indiana:

48.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Merrillville:

47.8%
State:

44.9%

Average BMI:
Here:

29.0
Indiana:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

20.3%
Indiana:

21.7%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

11.6%
State:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Merrillville:

6.8
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
Here:

34.5%
Indiana:

33.8%

General health condition:
Here:

56.4%
Indiana:

55.3%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

79.6%
State:

78.4%

More about Health and Nutrition of Merrillville, IN Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2013)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 7$22,143$37,9591$1,550
Other Government Administration 9$12,900$17,2000$0
Judicial and Legal 6$18,157$36,31411$7,970
Police Protection - Officers 45$222,536$59,3430$0
Police - Other 14$36,536$31,3174$8,192
Firefighters 14$54,804$46,9750$0
Fire - Other 0$0 1$2,303
Streets and Highways 20$67,536$40,5229$13,727
Parks and Recreation 1$3,056$36,6721$642
Totals for Government 116$437,668$45,27627$34,384

Merrillville government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $3,622,000 ($102.17)
    General - Other: $3,342,000 ($94.27)
    Housing & Community Development: $2,428,000 ($68.49)
    Regular Highways: $2,008,000 ($56.64)
    Central Staff Services: $1,853,000 ($52.27)
    Health Services - Other: $721,000 ($20.34)
    Fire Protection: $590,000 ($16.64)
    General Public Buildings: $246,000 ($6.94)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $237,000 ($6.69)
    Financial Administration: $220,000 ($6.21)
    Parks & Recreation: $206,000 ($5.81)
    Corrections - Other: $15,000 ($0.42)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $380,000 ($10.72)
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $1,476,000 ($41.64)
    Regular Highways: $136,000 ($3.84)
    Parks & Recreation: $21,000 ($0.59)
    Health - Other: $11,000 ($0.31)
    Police Protection: $4,000 ($0.11)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $5,263,000 ($148.46)

Merrillville government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - All Other: $692,000 ($19.52)
    Parks & Recreation: $25,000 ($0.71)
    Solid Waste Management: $0 ($0.00)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $8,000 ($0.23)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $577,000 ($16.28)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $1,215,000 ($34.27)
    Interest Earnings: $107,000 ($3.02)
    Rents: $18,000 ($0.51)
    Property Sale Other: $17,000 ($0.48)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $1,214,000 ($34.25)
    Highways: $812,000 ($22.91)
    All Other: $591,000 ($16.67)
  • Tax - Property: $6,410,000 ($180.82)
    NEC: $549,000 ($15.49)
    Public Utilities: $243,000 ($6.85)

Merrillville government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $6,950,000 ($196.05)
  • Long Term Debt Issue, Unspecified - Other NEC: $9,250,000 ($260.93)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $2,265,000 ($63.89)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Other, NEC: $11,280,000 ($318.19)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $2,655,000 ($74.89)

Merrillville government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $6,133,000 ($173.00)

4.11% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($35,348 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.11%
Indiana average:

5.59%

0.02% of residents moved from foreign countries ($114 average AGI)
Lake County:

0.02%
Indiana average:

0.02%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Cook County, IL  1.61% ($34,076 average AGI)
from Porter County, IN  0.54% ($33,771)
from Will County, IL  0.14% ($37,932)


4.74% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($33,832 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.74%
Indiana average:

5.83%

0.03% of residents moved to foreign countries ($261 average AGI)
Lake County:

0.03%
Indiana average:

0.03%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Cook County, IL  1.12% ($31,014 average AGI)
to Porter County, IN  0.81% ($37,666)
to Marion County, IN  0.30% ($21,183)

Strongest AM radio stations in Merrillville:

  • WIND (560 AM; 5 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: TICHENOR LICENSE CORPORATION ("TLC"))
  • WLS (890 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WLS, INC.)
  • WWCA (1270 AM; 1 kW; GARY, IN; Owner: METRO COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WNDZ (750 AM; daytime; 5 kW; PORTAGE, IN; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • WVIV (1200 AM; 20 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WLXX-AM LICENSE CORP.)
  • WYLL (1160 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: SCA LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WMVP (1000 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WGN (720 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WGN CONTINENTAL BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WBBM (780 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WNTD (950 AM; 5 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: RADIO UNICA OF CHICAGO LICENSE CORP.)
  • WLTH (1370 AM; 1 kW; GARY, IN; Owner: WLTH RADIO, INC.)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)

Strongest FM radio stations in Merrillville:

  • WZVN (107.1 FM; LOWELL, IN; Owner: M & M BROADCASTING, 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)
  • WZZN (94.7 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: ABC CHICAGO FM RADIO,INC.)
  • WGCI-FM (107.5 FM; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WPWX (92.3 FM; HAMMOND, IN; Owner: DONTRON, INC.)
  • 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)
  • WVAZ (102.7 FM; OAK PARK, IL; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WYCA (106.3 FM; LANSING, IL; Owner: DONTRON, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Merrillville:

  • 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.)
  • W18AT (Channel 18; GARY, IN; Owner: LESEA BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • W24AW (Channel 24; VALPARAISO, IN; Owner: LESEA BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • W54BK (Channel 54; CHESTERTON, IN; Owner: LESEA BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • W34CK (Channel 34; ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL; Owner: FIRST UNITED, INC.)
  • W04CQ (Channel 4; CHESTERTON, IN; Owner: AQUA-LAND COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • W54AP (Channel 54; BLUE ISLAND, IL; Owner: CATHOLIC VIEWS BROADCASTS, INC.)

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

See more detailed statistics of Merrillville fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2014 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 40Number of bridges
  • 218m715ftTotal length
  • $3,825,000Total costs
  • 966,233Total average daily traffic
  • 126,695Total average daily truck traffic

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 221960-1969
  • 11970-1979
  • 31980-1989
  • 31990-1999
  • 92000-2009
  • 22010-2015
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Merrillville, IN
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 5 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 ORIGINATED256$126,00095$108,792699$125,72126$41,1893$2,292,00038$98,7143$83,463
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED17$115,9126$103,68284$140,2076$9,2080$05$97,4000$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED46$116,01631$112,470414$134,57864$33,9460$019$144,8614$100,893
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN21$126,98111$97,495225$133,10013$54,7010$07$79,3772$103,880
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS8$115,2954$105,19877$124,0295$53,4000$03$173,0000$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0423.00 , 0424.01, 0424.02, 0424.03, 0425.01, 0425.02, 0425.03

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 5 full and 2 partial tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED18$113,90719$155,6211$56,340
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED9$170,66912$129,8690$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED11$123,9956$135,4720$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN1$89,4806$141,0000$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$00$0

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0423.00 , 0424.01, 0424.02, 0424.03, 0425.01, 0425.02, 0425.03

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

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

REGAL DEVELOPMENT/SHAFER SHORES RESORT (Population served: 36, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2006, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Boil Water Order (OCT-18-2006), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-18-2006), St Public Notif requested (OCT-18-2006), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-10-2007), St Compliance achieved (JUN-26-2008)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 3 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 155
  • Hazardous Condition: 120
  • Service Call: 8

Incident types - Merrillville

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Merrillville, IN

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Merrillville, Indiana:

  • Extended Stay America - Merrillville - Us Rte 30, 1355 E 83rd Ave, Merrillville, Indiana 46410 , Phone: (219) 769-4740, Fax: (219) 769-4850
  • Country Inn & Suites, 8311 Ohio St, Merrillville, Indiana 46410 , Phone: (219) 736-1300, Fax: (219) 736-6046
  • Candlewood Suites, 8339 Ohio St, Merrillville, Indiana 46410 , Phone: (219) 791-9100, Fax: (219) 791-9196
  • Hilton Garden Inn-Mirrillville, In, 7775 Mississippi St, Merrillville, Indiana 46410 , Phone: (219) 769-7100, Fax: (219) 769-0966
  • Comfort Suites, 1344 E 83rd Ave, Merrillville, Indiana 46410 , Phone: (219) 736-9500, Fax: (219) 736-9501
  • Americas Best Value Inn, 8250 Louisiana St, Merrillville, Indiana 46410 , Phone: (219) 736-5100, Fax: (219) 736-8360
  • Staybridge Suites Merrillville, 8415 Louisiana St, Merrillville, Indiana 46410 , Phone: (219) 472-8400, Fax: (219) 472-8419
  • Clarion Inn Merrillville, 7850 Rhode Island St, Merrillville, Indiana 46410 , Phone: (219) 756-1600, Fax: (219) 756-2080
  • 2 other hotels and motels
All 10 fire-safe hotels and motels in Merrillville, Indiana
Most common first names in Merrillville, IN among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary32980.5 years
John32874.7 years
Helen17079.6 years
William15974.7 years
Joseph14974.3 years
George14974.2 years
Robert13870.8 years
James13472.4 years
Anna13283.1 years
Charles9773.6 years
Most common last names in Merrillville, IN among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith7974.0 years
Johnson6070.7 years
Jones4877.0 years
Brown3672.7 years
Williams3670.8 years
Miller3374.5 years
Davis3373.7 years
Anderson2779.5 years
Thomas2072.9 years
Wilson2074.0 years

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (82%)
  • Electricity (15%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2%)
  • Other fuel (1%)
Businesses in Merrillville, IN
NameCountNameCount
AT&T2Lane Bryant1
Abercrombie & Fitch1Lane Furniture2
Abercrombie Kids1LensCrafters1
Advance Auto Parts1Little Caesars Pizza1
Aeropostale1Long John Silver's1
American Eagle Outfitters2Lowe's1
Applebee's1Macy's1
Arby's1Marriott2
Audi1MasterBrand Cabinets9
AutoZone2Mazda1
Avenue1McDonald's4
Bakers Square1Meijer1
Baskin-Robbins2Men's Wearhouse1
Bath & Body Works1Menards1
Bed Bath & Beyond1Motel 61
Best Western1Motherhood Maternity1
Budget Car Rental1New Balance1
Buffalo Wild Wings1New York & Co1
Burger King1Nike18
Burlington Coat Factory1Nissan1
CVS1Office Depot1
CarMax1OfficeMax1
Carson Pirie Scott1Old Navy1
Casual Male XL1Olive Garden1
Catherines1Outback1
Charlotte Russe1Outback Steakhouse1
Chevrolet1Panda Express2
Chipotle1Panera Bread1
Chuck E. Cheese's1Papa John's Pizza1
Church's Chicken1Payless3
Cinnabon 1PetSmart1
Comfort Suites1Pier 1 Imports1
Costco1Pizza Hut1
Cracker Barrel1Plato's Closet1
Cricket Wireless4Popeyes1
Curves1Quality1
Dairy Queen3RadioShack2
Decora Cabinetry2Red Lobster1
Dennys1Red Robin1
Discount Tire1Red Roof Inn1
Dunkin Donuts2Sam's Club1
Express1Sears3
Extended Stay America1Sephora1
Fashion Bug1Shoe Carnival1
FedEx9Skechers USA1
Finish Line1Spencer Gifts1
Firestone Complete Auto Care1Sprint Nextel4
Ford1Staples1
Fredericks Of Hollywood1Starbucks3
GNC1Steak 'n Shake1
GameStop4Subaru1
Gap1Subway5
Goodwill3Super 81
Gymboree1T-Mobile6
H&R Block3T.G.I. Driday's1
Hilton1T.J.Maxx1
Hobby Lobby1Taco Bell1
Holiday Inn2Target1
Hollister Co.1The Limited1
Home Depot1The Room Place1
Honda1Toyota1
Hot Topic1Toys"R"Us2
Hyundai1U-Haul2
IHOP1U.S. Cellular1
JCPenney2UPS13
Jamba Juice1Value City Furniture1
Jimmy John's1Vans2
Jones New York1Verizon Wireless3
Journeys1Victoria's Secret1
Justice1Volkswagen1
KFC2Walgreens2
Kmart1Walmart1
Kohl's1Wendy's2
Kroger1Wet Seal1
La Quinta1White Castle1
La-Z-Boy2

Merrillville compared to Indiana state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
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