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Calumet Ave, Downtown
Location of Chesterton in Porter County, Indiana.
|Townships||Westchester, Jackson, Liberty, Pine|
|Incorporated (town)||May 4, 1899|
|• Type||Town Council|
|• Total||9.49 sq mi (24.59 km2)|
|• Land||9.38 sq mi (24.30 km2)|
|• Water||0.11 sq mi (0.29 km2)|
|Elevation||640 ft (195 m)|
|• Density||1,517.91/sq mi (586.09/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||432457|
Chesterton is a town in Westchester, Jackson and Liberty townships in Porter County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 14,241 at the 2020 Census. The three towns of Chesterton, Burns Harbor, and Porter are known as the Duneland area.
Chesterton was originally called Calumet, and under the latter name was platted in 1852 when the railroad was extended to that point. Chesterton was incorporated as a town in 1899.
In 1933, a United Airlines NC13304 flight became the first known case of an attack against an aircraft. It was downed by a nitroglycerine bomb above Chesterton on October 10, 1933. All 7 people aboard the aircraft—four passengers and a crew of three—were killed in the crash.
In 1958, Evan Murrs created and patented the first electric bicycle powered by Lithium-Ion batteries in the shop class at Chesterton High School.
Chesterton is located at(41.604251, -87.058442)
Just north of the town is Indiana Dunes State Park and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Most of the town is flat. However, going south into the city on the Route 49 overpass, one can see the Valparaiso Moraine in the distance.
According to the 2010 census, Chesterton has a total area of 9.44 square miles (24.45 km2), of which 9.33 square miles (24.16 km2) (or 98.83%) is land and 0.11 square miles (0.28 km2) (or 1.17%) is water.
|Climate data for Chesterton, Indiana|
|Average high °F||30.5||34.8||46.9||60.1||71.4||80.5||83.4||81.2||75.1||63.7||49.4||35.4||59.4|
|Average low °F||14.3||17.8||28.7||38.4||48.3||57.6||62.2||60.2||53.7||43||33.1||21.2||39.9|
|Average high °C||-0.83||1.56||8.28||15.61||21.89||26.94||28.56||27.33||23.94||17.61||9.67||1.89||15.22|
|Average low °C||-9.83||-7.89||-1.83||3.56||9.06||14.22||16.78||15.67||12.06||6.1||0.61||-6||4.39|
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 13,068 people, 5,029 households, and 3,554 families living in the town. The population density was 1,400.6 inhabitants per square mile (540.8/km2). There were 5,354 housing units at an average density of 573.8 per square mile (221.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 92.7% White, 1.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 2.1% Asian, 1.8% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.9% of the population.
There were 5,029 households, of which 37.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.3% were non-families. 23.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.07.
The median age in the town was 37.8 years. 26.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.5% were from 25 to 44; 27.5% were from 45 to 64; and 11.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.7% male and 51.3% female.
Chesterton was home to the annual Wizard of Oz Festival, which is the largest and most famous of its kind. In 2006, former organizers Lakeshore Festivals and Events moved the event to the Porter County Expo Center in Valparaiso, Indiana. After 3 years, LFE discontinued the festival and it was brought home to Chesterton by the Duneland Business Initiative Group in 2009. The Duneland Business Initiative later rescinded their support of the festival in 2013.
- Chesterton Commercial Historic District
- Chesterton Residential Historic District
- George Brown Mansion
- Norris and Harriet Coambs Lustron House
- New York Central Railroad Passenger Depot, Chesterton, Indiana
- Martin Young House
Chesterton High School, or CHS, serves the tri-town area. Chesterton High School operates Chesterton's only local radio station, WDSO 88.3.
Two private schools also operate in Chesterton: St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School and Fairhaven Baptist Academy.
In Chesterton, there are 5 public elementary schools. These are Liberty Elementary School, Bailly Elementary School, Yost Elementary School, Jackson Elementary School, and Brummitt Elementary School. These schools serve grades K-4. After 4th grade, students from Jackson and Liberty will move to Liberty Intermediate School for 5th and 6th grade. Students from Bailly, Yost, and Brummitt will move to Westchester Intermediate School for 5th and 6th grades. After the 6th grade, all students from Liberty and Westchester will go to Chesterton Middle School for 7th and 8th grades. After 8th, students will move to Chesterton High School for their Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years.
The town has a lending library, the Westchester Public Library.
The South Shore Line, operated by the Northwest Indiana Commuter Transportation District, is headquartered in Chesterton. The South Shore Line stops north of Chesterton at the Dune Park station with multiple trains per day to Chicago and South Bend. V-Line's Orange Line route stops near the South Shore station, indirectly connecting Chesterton to Valparaiso University on weekends.
- Jim Gaffigan, standup comedian and actor
- Ron Kittle, former Major League Baseball player
- Mitch McGary, University of Michigan basketball player, June 2014 1st round NBA draft pick with the 21st selection overall of the Oklahoma City Thunder
- Mickey Morandini, former Major League Baseball player
- Zack Novak, former NCAA (University of Michigan) and professional basketball player (Landstede Basketball)
- Matt Nover, former professional basketball player and actor
- Blake Pieroni, Gold medalist swimmer and current Indiana University swimmer
- Eddie Wineland, professional MMA fighter (Bantamweight)
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