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Chesterton, Indiana - Basic Facts

The Town of Chesterton had a population of 13,278 as of July 1, 2020. Chesterton ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Indiana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Chesterton is located at latitude 41.6106 and longitude -87.0642 in Porter County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Chesterton encompass a land area of 9.33 sq. miles and a water area of 0.11 sq. miles. Porter County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 640 feet.

The Town of Chesterton (GNIS ID: 2396642) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Chesterton is located within Township of Westchester, a minor civil division (MCD) of Porter County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Chesterton: Calumet, Coffee Creek.


Chesterton, IN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 13,278 (100%)
Population in Households 13,158 (99.1%)
Population in Families 10,852 (81.7%)
Population in Group Quarters1 120 ( 0.9%)
Population Density 1,425
Diversity Index2 30


Median Household Income $69,348
Average Household Income $88,274
% of Income for Mortgage4 12%
Per Capita Income $34,485
Wealth Index5 92


Total HU (Housing Units) 5,490 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,643 (66.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,500 (27.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 346 ( 6.3%)
Median Home Value $195,870
Average Home Value $241,273
Housing Affordability Index3 211


Total Households 5,144
Average Household Size 2.56
Family Households 3,553
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.2% 0.34%
Households 0.27% 0.39%
Families 0.05% 0.27%
Median Household Income   1.7%
Per Capita Income   1.86%
Owner Occupied HU   0.4%


Chesterton, IN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chesterton to the other 679 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Indiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 66 90th
Population Density # 296 57th
Median Household Income # 105 85th
Housing Affordability Index # 143 21st
Per Capita Income # 88 87th
Diversity Index # 110 84th

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