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Welcome to Valparaiso ...

The city of Valparaiso is located in Porter County<1> and is the County Seat for Porter County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Valparaiso has a population of 33,923 people<2> (see below for details).

Valparaiso was established in 1836.

The community of Valparaiso is 800 feet [244 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Valparaiso lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel east from Valparaiso (for example, toward Walkerton), you will leave Central Time and cross into the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT).

The area code for Valparaiso: (219)

The ZIP codes for Valparaiso: 46383-46385<4>

Websites for Valparaiso ...

Official Website:   www.ci.valparaiso.in.us/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.valparaisochamber.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Valparaiso had an population of 33,923 people. This is an increase of 6.91% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 23.68% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Valparaiso had a population of 31,730 people (which is 19.31% of the total population of Porter County). This makes Valparaiso the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Valparaiso represents 0.49% of the population of Indiana (which has 6,483,802 people), making it the state's 26th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 31,730 people, the population of Valparaiso increased 15.68% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 27,428 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Valparaiso.

Communities Also Named Valparaiso ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 4 communities that are also named Valparaiso - they are located in Florida, Kansas, Nebraska and Saskatchewan.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Valparaiso.

Communities near Valparaiso ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Valparaiso.

  • Gary [Lake County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gary
    • Gary [Lake County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the northwest of Valparaiso
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 74,693 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gary
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gary<6>
  • Portage [Porter County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Portage
    • Portage [Porter County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the northwest of Valparaiso
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 37,137 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portage
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Portage<6>
  • Merrillville [Lake County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Merrillville
    • Merrillville [Lake County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the west of Valparaiso
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 34,916 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Merrillville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Merrillville<6>
  • Michigan City [LaPorte County]
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    • Michigan City [LaPorte County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the northeast of Valparaiso
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 31,054 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Michigan City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Michigan City<6>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Crown Point [Lake County]
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      • Crown Point [Lake County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the west of Valparaiso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 30,906 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crown Point
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Crown Point<6>
    • Hobart [Lake County]
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      • Hobart [Lake County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the west of Valparaiso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 27,913 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hobart
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hobart<6>
    • La Porte [LaPorte County]
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      • La Porte [LaPorte County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the northeast of Valparaiso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 21,449 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on La Porte
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for La Porte<6>
    • Griffith [Lake County]
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      • Griffith [Lake County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the west of Valparaiso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 16,032 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Griffith
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Griffith<6>
    • Chesterton [Porter County]
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      • Chesterton [Porter County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the north of Valparaiso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 14,232 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chesterton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Chesterton<6>
    • Lake Station [Lake County]
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      • Lake Station [Lake County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the northwest of Valparaiso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,850 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lake Station have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake Station
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lake Station<6>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Valparaiso. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Valparaiso.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Valparaiso. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Valparaiso.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Valparaiso. Our list includes 27 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Valparaiso.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Valparaiso ...

Looking for more information about Valparaiso? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Valparaiso, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Valparaiso.

Adding Valparaiso to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Valparaiso in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Valparaiso was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Valparaiso on a map (with an unknown title) dated 1908.

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Valparaiso on our Genealogy Page.

Mentions & References for Valparaiso

The Communities of Indiana

About Porter County

About Indiana

The official website for Valparaiso: www.ci.valparaiso.in.us/

The official website for Porter County: www.porterco.org/

The official website for State of Indiana: https://www.in.gov

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Indiana's counties, including Porter, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Valparaiso.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Valparaiso - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Valparaiso). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Valparaiso or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Valparaiso includes: 46383, 46384 & 46385.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Valparaiso) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Valparaiso. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from ValparaisoOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Valparaiso. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.4782, Longitude: -87.0554    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.

 

 

 

 

 


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