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Old 04-29-2019, 02:29 PM
 
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Hello. I've been looking around NW Indiana and I really like Hobart. I like the small town feel with the closeness of amenities. It seems like there is a really good sense of community there. I discovered that there was some flooding in 2008 and 2018. I was googling to see if there are any flood zones but I didn't find anything that was very helpful. Does anybody have any information on this or thoughts on Hobart?

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Old 04-29-2019, 03:37 PM
 
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Hello. I've been looking around NW Indiana and I really like Hobart. I like the small town feel with the closeness of amenities. It seems like there is a really good sense of community there. I discovered that there was some flooding in 2008 and 2018. I was googling to see if there are any flood zones but I didn't find anything that was very helpful. Does anybody have any information on this or thoughts on Hobart?

Thank you for any comments!

Things that come to mind when I think of Hobart:

Aging Population
Boomed in the 80s
Still safe
Blue collar
Better sense of community than most towns in NWI
Affordable housing (that can be a pro or a con)
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Old 05-29-2019, 11:55 AM
 
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There was some extensive flooding in 2008 and 2018. There was some elevated water levels and slight flooding earlier this month. You can locate information about flood zones from the Indiana Floodplain Portal provided by the DNR.

https://dnrmaps.dnr.in.gov/appsphp/fdms/

In general, the flooding is usually concentrated to the lake/river areas close to downtown and by two bridges (3rd Street and Arizona Street). It's not particularly traumatic for most folks and typically impacts only a few homes in the immediate vicinity of the water.

As for the points noted in the previous post, statistically, the data doesn't support viewing Hobart as an aging population. Hobart is actually in the middle of the road with respect to the median age (as indicated by both Wikipedia and City-Data):

City Wikipedia City-Data
Munster 44.8 44.6
Dyer 42.9 45.3
S'ville 40.9 42.1
St. John 40.2 44.7
Highland 40 42.7
CP 39.6 41.4
Hobart 38 39.6
Chesterton 37 38.8
M'ville 36.7 38.4
Portage 36.4 39.0
Griffith 36.1 36.8
Michigan City 35 38.4
Valpo 33 33.5


As for the rest of the items, I'd say Svillechris is pretty spot on. While other surrounding communities have had an increase in development activity over these last few years with these boom times, progress has been pretty slow in Hobart without much new residential or commercial activity started in the last decade. That doesn't mean that there has been zero activity, it just isn't anywhere close to the scale of CP, Portage, Cedar Lake, Chesterton, Valpo, or the tri-town area.

There is a general feeling of safety with a strong sense of community...seemingly, everybody knows everybody. The housing is generally affordable with most homes listed in the range of $75-225k. There is a smattering of newer homes above $300k but rarely anything on the high-end ($400-450k+). That probably correlates with the perception that the city is blue collar. Hobart isn't exactly a bastion of white collar professionals. If one is looking for that, then locales such as Valpo, Chesterton, CP, Munster, and the tri-town area would be better places to look.

All in all, if you can overlook the lack of local newer retail or are okay with a drive, there's a home to suit most budgets and the community feeling is unlike most in the area. The schools are decent but not exceptional. Hobart has its charm and a ton of potential. Personally, I feel that it's underrated and overlooked, but that's just me.
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Old 06-06-2019, 07:39 AM
 
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Old 05-09-2021, 10:30 PM
 
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Hello. I've been looking around NW Indiana and I really like Hobart. I like the small town feel with the closeness of amenities. It seems like there is a really good sense of community there. I discovered that there was some flooding in 2008 and 2018. I was googling to see if there are any flood zones but I didn't find anything that was very helpful. Does anybody have any information on this or thoughts on Hobart?

Thank you for any comments!
Hobart is a decent city. Blue collar hometown pride, gritty, homes are generally kept up pretty well. Hobart does have the reputation of being unwelcoming to outsiders, especially if you're black. I don't like Hobart because growing up I always felt Hobart people felt they were better than everyone else despite the fact they were nowhere close as desirable in any metric compared to the higher end NWI locales.
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