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Whiting, Indiana
Whiting's business district on 119th Street
Whiting's business district on 119th Street
Location of Whiting in Lake County, Indiana.
Location of Whiting in Lake County, Indiana.
Country United States United States
State Indiana Indiana
County Lake
Township North
Incorporated (Town) 1895
Incorporated (City) 1903
Named for Herbert L. "Pop" Whiting
Government
 • Type City
 • Body Mayor-Council
Area
 • Total 1.80 sq mi (4.67 km2)
 • Land 1.80 sq mi (4.67 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
587 ft (179 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 4,559
 • Density 2,528.56/sq mi (976.18/km2)
Standard of living (2012-16)
 • Median household income $51,544
 • Median home value $115,200
Time zone UTC-6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (Central)
ZIP code
46394
Area code 219
FIPS code 18-84122
GNIS feature ID 0445988
U.S. and State Routes US 12.svg US 20.svg US 41.svg Indiana 312.svg
Waterway Lake Michigan
Amtrak station Hammond-Whiting
Website whitingindiana.com
Demographics (2010)
White Black Asian
76.3% 3.5% 0.7%
Islander Native Other Hispanic
(any race)
0.0% 0.7% 18.8% 40.7%

Whiting is a city located in the Chicago Metropolitan Area in Lake County, Indiana, which was founded in 1889. The city is located on the southern shore of Lake Michigan. It is roughly 16 miles from the Chicago Loop and two miles from Chicago's South Side. Whiting is home to Whiting Refinery, the largest oil refinery in the Midwest. The population was 4,997 at the 2010 census.

History

A post office was first established at Whiting in 1871. Whiting was incorporated in 1895.

The Hoosier Theater Building and Whiting Memorial Community House are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

According to the 2010 census, Whiting has a total area of 3.229 square miles (8.36 km2), of which 1.8 square miles (4.66 km2) (or 55.74%) is land and 1.429 square miles (3.70 km2) (or 44.26%) is water.

The Whiting post office (46394) serves not only the city of Whiting, but also the adjacent Hammond neighborhood of Robertsdale, immediately to the west. Addresses in this Hammond neighborhood show “Whiting, Indiana.” While not legally a part of the city of Whiting, locally the area has long been informally considered to be a culturally integrated part of Whiting. References to Whiting businesses or residents often include those technically from Hammond’s Robertsdale.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 115
1890 200 73.9%
1900 3,983 1,891.5%
1910 6,587 65.4%
1920 10,145 54.0%
1930 10,880 7.2%
1940 10,307 −5.3%
1950 9,669 −6.2%
1960 8,137 −15.8%
1970 7,054 −13.3%
1980 5,630 −20.2%
1990 5,155 −8.4%
2000 5,137 −0.3%
2010 4,997 −2.7%
2020 4,559 −8.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,997 people, 1,899 households, and 1,210 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,776.1 inhabitants per square mile (1,071.9/km2). There were 2,197 housing units at an average density of 1,220.6 per square mile (471.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 76.3% White, 3.5% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 15.7% from other races, and 3.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 40.7% of the population.

There were 1,899 households, of which 37.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.1% were married couples living together, 18.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.3% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.32.

The median age in the city was 34.4 years. 26.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.3% were from 25 to 44; 24.7% were from 45 to 64; and 11.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.

Parks

Whihala Beach - Whiting, Indiana
Whihala Beach

Whiting is home to five parks. Whiting Park, located on the Lake Michigan shoreline, is the most well known. It is a popular picnic spot for residents of Lake County, the South Side of Chicago, and Southland. Whihala Beach is located next to Whiting Park between Whiting and neighboring Hammond.

Education

Whiting Public School
Whiting Public School

School City of Whiting serves Whiting. Whiting High School is the sole public high school serving Whiting. The city is also home to a historic Carnegie Library, built in 1905. Whiting Public Library is located at 1735 Oliver Street. Calumet College of St. Joseph is a private college affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church through the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. Its main campus is in Whiting, Indiana, with additional campuses located in Chicago, Illinois, and Merrillville, Indiana. The college was founded in 1951 as an extension of the now defunct Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana and currently enrolls 1,262 students.

Infrastructure

Transportation

Amtrak's Wolverine line stops at Hammond–Whiting station in nearby Hammond.

Airports serving Whiting are Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, Midway International Airport, and Gary/Chicago International Airport located in Gary, Indiana.

Notable people

  • George Buksar, football player
  • George Burman, football player
  • William Merriam Burton, worked at the Standard Oil refinery in Whiting; became president of Standard Oil
  • Mary-Lou Daniels, junior world champion tennis player
  • Richard Dufallo, clarinetist, author, and conductor
  • John M. Ford, science fiction and fantasy writer, game designer, and poet; raised in Whiting
  • Joe Kopcha, football player
  • Steve Kraly, baseball player
  • Ferid Murad, co-recipient of 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • James J. Nejdl, State Senator and pioneer of Indiana Old-Age Pension Legislation. Former City council member, postmaster general, school board and public work board member.
  • Al Pilarcik, baseball player
  • Patrick Lucien Price, video game designer and editor; worked on Dungeons & Dragons game
  • Irene Purcell, actress
  • Joe Sotak, basketball player
  • David Wagoner, poet
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