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Dune Acres, Indiana
Town of Dune Acres
The Dune Acres Clubhouse
The Dune Acres Clubhouse
Location of Dune Acres in Porter County, Indiana.
Location of Dune Acres in Porter County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Porter
Township Westchester
Area
 • Total 3.39 sq mi (8.79 km2)
 • Land 2.13 sq mi (5.51 km2)
 • Water 1.27 sq mi (3.28 km2)
Elevation
627 ft (191 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 234
 • Density 110.01/sq mi (42.48/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
46304
FIPS code 18-18982
GNIS feature ID 433775
Website http://www.duneacres.org/

Dune Acres is a town in Westchester Township, Porter County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 182 at the 2010 census. Dune Acres is located in the duneland of the south shore of Lake Michigan. Many residents of Dune Acres and surrounding communities helped preserve parts of the Indiana Dunes.

History

See also: History of the Indiana Dunes

Dune Acres was platted in 1923 as a lakeside resort village.

The Dune Acres Clubhouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.

Geography

Dune Acres is located at 41°38′47″N 87°5′6″W / 41.64639°N 87.08500°W / 41.64639; -87.08500 (41.646416, -87.084905).

According to the 2010 census, Dune Acres has a total area of 3.44 square miles (8.91 km2), of which 2.17 square miles (5.62 km2) (or 63.08%) is land and 1.27 square miles (3.29 km2) (or 36.92%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 12
1940 46 283.3%
1950 86 87.0%
1960 238 176.7%
1970 301 26.5%
1980 291 −3.3%
1990 263 −9.6%
2000 213 −19.0%
2010 182 −14.6%
2020 234 28.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 182 people, 94 households, and 58 families residing in the town. The population density was 83.9 inhabitants per square mile (32.4/km2). There were 163 housing units at an average density of 75.1 per square mile (29.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.1% White, 1.1% African American, 2.2% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 94 households, of which 10.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 1.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.3% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.94 and the average family size was 2.41.

The median age in the town was 63.4 years. 8.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 3.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 4.3% were from 25 to 44; 36.8% were from 45 to 64; and 46.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 52.2% male and 47.8% female.

Transportation

In the past, Dune Acres was served by the eponymous station on the South Shore Line, which was located at Mineral Springs Road. That station was closed in 1994 as part of NICTD's effort to consolidate the line's Porter County stations. Since then, the community has been served by the Dune Park station. V-Line's Orange Line route stops at the station Friday-Sunday, allowing Dune Acres residents to connect to Valparaiso (and vice versa). Coach USA's Tri-State/United Limo Service stops at the nearby town of Portage, providing a direct connecting to Chicago's O'Hare Airport.

Dunes Highway (U.S. Route 12) is the closest highway to Dune Acres. The closest airport is located in western Gary, and the closest Amtrak station is located further northeast in Michigan City.

Notable people

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