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Ross township, IN map Land area: 49.1 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.0 sq. mi.
Population: 38,685 (89% urban, 11% rural)
Males: 18,650  (48.2%)
Females: 20,035  (51.8%)

Occupied houses/apartments: 37,927 (29,760 owner occupied, 8,167 renter occupied)
% of renters here:

22%
State:

29%


Races in Ross township:

  • White Non-Hispanic: 69.6%
  • Black: 18.5%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2%
  • Asian: 1.4%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 0.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 8.9%
  • Two or more races: 1.3%
  • Some other race: 0.1%

Median age of males: 37.6
Median age of females: 39.2

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Average household size: 2.57

Ross township:

2.6 people
Indiana:

2.5 people

Average family size: 3.11

Estimated median household income in 2009: $57,700 ($51,270 in 1999)
This township:

$57,700
Indiana:

$45,424

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $881 (lower quartile is $859, upper quartile is $1,003)
Here:

$881
State:

$545

Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $149,111 (it was $107,400 in 2000)
Ross township:

$149,111
Indiana:

$123,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $108,224 - $184,365

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $149,727
Here:

$149,727
State:

$155,412

Townhouses or other attached units: $123,945
Here:

$123,945
State:

$141,472

In 2-unit structures: $352,639
Here:

$352,639
State:

$103,490

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $107,533
Here:

$107,533
State:

$111,630

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $103,952
Here:

$103,952
State:

$131,334

Mobile homes: $168,086
Here:

$168,086
State:

$33,761
Population density: 788 people per square mile 
 
 (high).

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This township:

3.8%
Whole state:

9.5%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This township:

2.1%
Whole state:

4.2%

Cities in this township include: Merrillville.


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Notable locations in this township outside city limits:

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Number of foreign born residents: 2,865 (66% naturalized citizens)

Ross township:  7.4%
State:  3.1%

59% of Ross township residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 71% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 25% lived in Indiana.

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 24242
  • Northeast: 1109
  • Midwest: 7103
  • South: 2521
  • West: 554

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $91,800

Ross township, Indiana satellite photo by USGS

Percentage of households with unmarried partners: 4.1%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)

  • Lesbian couples: 0.1% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households

People in group quarters in Ross township, Indiana:

  • 396 people in nursing homes
  • 79 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 78 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 53 people in other group homes
  • 40 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 35 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 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
  • 3 people in other nonhousehold living situations

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 10,643
  • One, attached: 1,006
  • Two: 143
  • 3 or 4: 602
  • 5 to 9: 718
  • 10 to 19: 1,153
  • 20 to 49: 601
  • 50 or more: 576
  • Mobile homes: 65

Median worth of mobile homes: $22,500


Housing units in Ross township with a mortgage: 7,344 (865 second mortgage, 730 home equity loan, 54 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 2,691

Year house built

  • 1999 to March 2000: 201
  • 1995 to 1998: 1,321
  • 1990 to 1994: 1,480
  • 1980 to 1989: 1,832
  • 1970 to 1979: 3,585
  • 1960 to 1969: 3,541
  • 1950 to 1959: 2,008
  • 1940 to 1949: 900
  • 1939 or earlier: 639

Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Ross township, Indiana:

  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 85
  • 3 rooms: 121
  • 4 rooms: 613
  • 5 rooms: 2,608
  • 6 rooms: 2,940
  • 7 rooms: 2,021
  • 8 rooms: 1,366
  • 9 or more rooms: 943

Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Ross township, Indiana:

  • 1 room: 137
  • 2 rooms: 384
  • 3 rooms: 833
  • 4 rooms: 1,540
  • 5 rooms: 809
  • 6 rooms: 153
  • 7 rooms: 112
  • 8 rooms: 76
  • 9 or more rooms: 14

Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses and condos in Ross township:

  • no bedroom: 17
  • 1 bedroom: 117
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,618
  • 3 bedrooms: 6,776
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,827
  • 5 or more bedrooms: 342

Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Ross township:

  • no bedroom: 171
  • 1 bedroom: 1,164
  • 2 bedrooms: 2,313
  • 3 bedrooms: 345
  • 4 bedrooms: 44
  • 5 or more bedrooms: 21

Cars and other vehicles available in Ross township in owner-occupied houses/condos:

  • no vehicle: 314
  • 1 vehicle: 2,797
  • 2 vehicles: 4,925
  • 3 vehicles: 1,882
  • 4 vehicles: 595
  • 5 or more vehicles: 184

Cars and other vehicles available in Ross township in renter-occupied apartments

  • no vehicle: 743
  • 1 vehicle: 1,941
  • 2 vehicles: 1,182
  • 3 vehicles: 153
  • 4 vehicles: 15
  • 5 or more vehicles: 24

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

Most common industries for males (%):



  • Metal and metal products (19%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Transportation equipment (3%)

Most common industries for females (%):



  • Health care (16%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (5%)
  • Public administration (3%)

Most common occupations for males (%)



  • Metal workers and plastic workers (7%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)

Most common occupations for females (%)



  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Cashiers (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Registered nurses (4%)

Class of Workers

Most common first ancestries reported in Ross township:

  • German (13.7%)
  • Polish (9.8%)
  • Irish (7.0%)
  • United States or American (5.5%)
  • Italian (4.4%)
  • English (4.0%)
  • Slovak (2.8%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents:

  • Other Eastern Europe (23%)
  • Mexico (12%)
  • Greece (9%)
  • Germany (7%)
  • Yugoslavia (7%)
  • Poland (5%)
  • Philippines (5%)

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 16,081 (85%)
  • Carpooled: 1,764 (9%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 92 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 11 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 14 (0%)
  • Railroad: 272 (1%)
  • Ferryboat: 10 (0%)
  • Taxi: 17 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 11 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 17 (0%)
  • Walked: 202 (1%)
  • Other means: 112 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 362 (2%)

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (88%)
  • Electricity (10%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)
  • No fuel used (1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1%)

People in group quarters in Ross township, Indiana:

  • 396 people in nursing homes
  • 79 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 78 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 53 people in other group homes
  • 40 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 35 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 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
  • 3 people in other nonhousehold living situations

84.4% of residents of Ross township speak English at home.
5.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (66% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
7.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (66% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.9% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (50% speak English very well, 47% speak English well, 2% speak English not well).
1.0% of residents speak other language at home (72% speak English very well, 28% speak English well).

Household type by relationship:

Households: 37,925
  • In family households: 32,828 (8,244 male householders, 2,129 female householders)
    8,304 spouses, 11,884 children (10,912 natural, 248 adopted, 724 stepchildren), 672 grandchildren, 261 brothers or sisters, 330 parents, 573 other relatives, 431 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 5,097 (1,774 male householders (1,369 living alone)), 2,606 female householders (2,395 living alone)), 717 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 760 (557 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 4,143 2-persons, 2,516 3-persons, 2,182 4-persons, 1,001 5-persons, 401 6-persons, 130 7-or-more-persons,

Size of nonfamily households: 3,764 1-person, 531 2-persons, 63 3-persons, 10 4-persons, 12 6-persons,

6,681 married couples with children.
1,734 single-parent households (342 men, 1,392 women).


Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 466
Here:

10.7%
Indiana:

11.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 106
Here:

4.5%
Indiana:

8.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 342
Here:

16.7%
Indiana:

23.4%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Year Householders Moved Into Unit in Ross township:

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