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Burns Harbor, Indiana
Town of Burns Harbor
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Location of Burns Harbor in Porter County, Indiana.
Location of Burns Harbor in Porter County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Porter
Township Westchester
 • Total 6.44 sq mi (16.67 km2)
 • Land 6.44 sq mi (16.67 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
610 ft (186 m)
 • Total 2,055
 • Density 319.25/sq mi (123.27/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 219
FIPS code 18-09370
GNIS feature ID 449809

Burns Harbor is a town in Westchester Township, Porter County, Indiana, United States on the shores of Lake Michigan in Northwest Indiana. It is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. The population was 1,156 at the 2010 census. Burns Harbor is located adjacent to the Indiana Dunes, an area that conservationists have fought hard to preserve.


Burns Harbor is located at 41°36′53″N 87°07′28″W / 41.61472°N 87.12444°W / 41.61472; -87.12444 (41.614685, -87.124560).

According to the 2010 census, Burns Harbor has a total area of 6.78 square miles (17.56 km2), of which 6.66 square miles (17.25 km2) (or 98.23%) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.31 km2) (or 1.77%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 1,284
1980 920 −28.3%
1990 786 −14.6%
2000 766 −2.5%
2010 1,156 50.9%
2020 2,055 77.8%
Source: US Census Bureau

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,156 people, 456 households, and 305 families living in the town. The population density was 173.3 inhabitants per square mile (66.9/km2). There were 495 housing units at an average density of 74.2 per square mile (28.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.4% White, 1.8% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 1.1% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.8% of the population.

There were 456 households, of which 37.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.1% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.10.

The median age in the town was 34.6 years. 26.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 31% were from 25 to 44; 25.6% were from 45 to 64; and 10.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 50.8% male and 49.2% female.


Burns Harbor was founded in 1966. The town took its name from a local port which was named for the harbor's promoter Randall W. Burns.


Burns Harbor benefits from close access to many major forms of transportation.


Commuter Rail

  • The South Shore Line provides service between Chicago and South Bend. The closest station is located at Ogden Dunes, Indiana. The South Shore is operated by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD).


  • The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor which includes an international shipping port and the Burns Waterway Small Boat Harbor for public access to Lake Michigan. The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor is divided between Burns Harbor and Portage.
    BurnsHarbor Harborlake view
    View of the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor as seen from Lake Michigan



Burns Harbor is served by Duneland Schools ( providing education for grades Kindergarten through 12, and is in close proximity to many higher education facilities including:

  • Indiana University Northwest (IUN)
  • Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana (Ivy Tech)
  • Purdue University North Central (PNC)
  • Purdue University Calumet (Purdue Cal)
  • Valparaiso University (Valpo)
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