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Town of Schererville, Indiana
—  Town  —
Nickname(s): Crossroads of the Nation
Location in the state of Indiana
Coordinates: 41°29′21″N 87°26′35″W / 41.48917°N 87.44306°W / 41.48917; -87.44306Coordinates: 41°29′21″N 87°26′35″W / 41.48917°N 87.44306°W / 41.48917; -87.44306
Country United States
State Indiana
County Lake
Township St. John
Founded 1866
 - Type Town
 - Town Council President Jerry Tippy
 - Town Manager Robert Volkmann 
 - Total 13.6 sq mi (35.3 km2)
 - Land 13.6 sq mi (35.2 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 669 ft (204 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 24,851
 Density 1,825.9/sq mi (705.0/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 46375
Area code(s) 219
FIPS code 18-68220[1]
GNIS feature ID 0443066[2]
Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1930 580
1940 998 72.1%
1950 1,457 46.0%
1960 2,875 97.3%
1970 3,663 27.4%
1980 13,209 260.6%
1990 19,926 50.9%
2000 24,851 24.7%
Source: US Census Bureau

Schererville is a town in St. John Township, Lake County, Indiana, United States. It is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. The population was 24,851 at the 2000 census and an estimated 28,394 as of July 2005.



Long before Indiana became a state, long before the founding of Schererville, people called this place the "Crossroads." The name was appropriate, for several Indian trails intersected here that later became routes for the wagons of settlers traveling west.

One of those settlers was Nicholas Scherer, who arrived in the U.S. from Germany in 1846. When he came to this place at the southern tip of Lake Michigan in 1866, he founded the community that bears his name.

Today, trails still cross at Schererville, the modern trails of a motorized society, U.S. Highways 41 and 30. Nearby are newer trails, I-80/94 and I-65. All these are primary transcontinental routes and gives Schererville its slogan: "Crossroads of the Nation."

Since the 1990s, Schererville has attracted many former Illinois residents. The town's strategic location, reasonable housing costs, and high level of municipal services have contributed to its growth in recent years.

The town was named one of the "100 Best Places to Live in the U.S." by Money Magazine in 2007.

Schererville's former Town Council President, Perry Ferrini, died on December 13, 2009. The Town Council's new president became Jerry Tippy, and the vacant seat held by Perry was filled by Sharon Moore on January 9, 2010.


Schererville is located at 41°29′21″N 87°26′35″W / 41.48917°N 87.44306°W / 41.48917; -87.44306 (41.489135, -87.443137)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 13.6 square miles (35.3 km²), of which, 13.6 square miles (35.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.22%) is water. One of Schererville's neighborhoods, Briar Ridge, spans both Schererville and adjacent Dyer.

The ridge south of Route 30 is the Glenwood Shoreline.

Many residents of Schererville commute to work in downtown Chicago due to the city's proximity.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 24,851 people, 9,660 households, and 6,829 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,825.9 people per square mile (705.0/km²). There were 10,006 housing units at an average density of 735.2/sq mi (283.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.45% White, 2.14% African American, 0.11% Native American, 2.56% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.03% from other races, and 1.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.34% of the population.

There were 9,660 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.0% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $59,243, and the median income for a family was $70,474. Males had a median income of $50,732 versus $30,745 for females. The per capita income for the town was $28,528. About 1.4% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.9% of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.


Schererville is served by the Lake Central School Corporation, which also services the adjacent towns of St. John and Dyer.

List of schools - Lake Central School Corporation:

  • Lake Central High School
  • Grimmer Middle School
  • Kahler Middle School
  • Clark Middle School
  • Peifer Elementary
  • Bibich Elementary
  • Kolling Elementary
  • Homan Elementary
  • Protsman Elementary
  • Watson Elementary

Private schools in the town include St. Michael School and the Forest Ridge Academy. The campus of Hammond Baptist Schools, affiliated with the First Baptist Church of Hammond, is also located in Schererville.


Public libraries

Lake County Public Library operates the Dyer-Schererville Branch, which also serves Dyer, at 1001 West Lincoln Highway in Schererville.[4]


Schererville is served by The Times of Northwest Indiana, the fastest-growing English-language newspaper in the United States, according to an April, 2008 report by the Audit Bureau of Circulations and The Post Tribune, which is owned by the Sun-Times.

Recreational Sports

Schererville is the home of Danz-Elite[1] a performance and competition dance team.

The Schererville Soccer Club [2] is one of Indiana's finest youth soccer clubs. They provide a healthy soccer environment for boys and girls ages 4–17 (U6 through REC Plus.)


The closest commercial airport to Schererville is the Gary/Chicago International Airport in Gary, but most Schererville residents and visitors fly via Chicago's O'Hare International or Midway.

Schererville sits at the crossroads of US 30 and US 41. The Borman Expressway (I-80/94/US 6), the Indiana Toll Road, Interstate 65, US 12 and US 20 are within a 25-mile (40 km) radius of Schererville.

Notable companies in the area

Ogden Welding Inc

Donna Brum Dancers


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Locations and Hours." Lake County Public Library. Retrieved on January 21, 2009.

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