Welcome to City-Data.com Forum!
U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Indiana > Northwest Indiana
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Old 01-30-2014, 07:46 PM
Location: Chisago Lakes, Minnesota
3,816 posts, read 6,479,135 times
Reputation: 6572


Hi, I've been on the Illinois forum asking about living somewhere within an hour and a half of the Shriners Hospital in Chicago where our daughter may be receiving treatment for a condition she was born with. We were going to try and find a spot west or north of Chicago until I got a load of the taxes in IL and also WI. Many have referred me to NWI for a lower COL and its proximity to Chicago, so I'm checking it out.

Ok, here's the thing, and I know I'm going to get flamed, but oh well. I do not want to put my family anywhere near places like Gary or some or the south Chicago neighborhoods unless I know it is very safe. I'm hearing stuff about some of these rougher spots spilling further into NWI and that makes me nervous. I have no problem living in Indiana. I would actually love to plop us down in some quiet farm community, as long as we could get to Chicago and back in a reasonable amount of time. unlike the 5 plus hours (northern Mich.) it takes us now (in good weather).......and by reasonable I'm talking and hour and a half at the most...... but not if we're eventually going to be overrun by crime and plummeting neighborhoods.

I'm from Detroit originally, and although Detroit proper is a horrifying place, there are plenty of very nice, safe, livable communities all around it. Is it the same way in NWI in correlation with Gary and S. Chicago, or is the region changing for the worse?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Old 01-30-2014, 07:55 PM
Location: Bloomington IN
8,590 posts, read 12,409,429 times
Reputation: 24252
There are plenty of nice, safe, livable places to live in NWI. Try looking in Highland, Munster or even parts of Hammond and Whiting for easiest access to Chicago and Shriners.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-31-2014, 12:27 AM
Location: Hoosierville
17,721 posts, read 14,834,515 times
Reputation: 11799
I would actually direct you to Chesterton ... doable to Shriners in under an hour and a half and right on the expressway and easy access to the South Shore.

Most of craptastic NWI is north of 80 and west of 65. That's not to say that there aren't crappy areas outside of that zone or that all of that corner is a cesspool, but is a good general rule of thumb.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-02-2014, 06:59 AM
4,899 posts, read 6,250,138 times
Reputation: 7473
There is also Valparaiso and Crown Point. Chesterton is a part of the Duneland area so it does have a larger population
when the warmer weather arrives (second summer homes). We've passed through Whiting, so I don't have much information
about it other than it has a Pierogi festival and sorry - that smell of gasoline.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-03-2014, 01:45 PM
2,513 posts, read 3,408,622 times
Reputation: 2734
the Chesterton/Porter area is very nice and well-located highway wise. Plus you can enjoy the Indiana Dunes National Park there as well.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply

Loading data...
Based on 2000-2022 data
Loading data...

Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Indiana > Northwest Indiana
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:44 PM.

© 2005-2024, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top