Merrillville, Indiana is a wonderful place to look for your next home. This small city has a population of just over 35,000 people, offering most of the benefits of a larger city while retaining some small-town charm.
You'll find a wide variety of restaurants and shops, including some iconic ones like the Albanese Candy Factory. You'll be close enough to enjoy the Deep River Water Park, or to hop on a zipline at Edge Adventures.
Commuting to Chicago from Merrillville does take a little longer than it does in some of the other metro area communities, taking just under an hour. Many who have chosen this community work locally, and head out to Chicago to catch an event or show every now and then.
What are the schools like in Merrillville?
If having access to good schools is a big home buying concern for you, then you'll want to be careful which neighborhoods you move to. John Wood Elementary School and Jonas B. Salk Elementary both have a Greatschools rating of 7. All the other elementary schools drop down to a 5, which the site notes as being average.
Pierce Middle School is also rated at 5. Merrillville Intermediate drops down to a 4, which is below average. Hal E. Clark is the most solid bet, with a still-average rating of 6.
If you've got a high school student, you'll want to try to get them into Lake Central High, which has an exceptional Greatschools rating of 9. If you can't, you might want to consider one of Merrillville's private academies. Merrillville High and Calumet High are both rated at 2, which is well below average.
Is Merrillville a safe place to live?
As with any larger city, safety in Merrillville depends on the neighborhood you live in. There are roughly 1600 crimes a year, and all but 100 or so are property crimes.
To be as safe as possible, focus on homes east of I-65, north of Hwy 30, west of State Road 55, and south of Hwy 330.
But don't rule out other areas. Drive around them and evaluate them for yourself. Neighborhoods where you like the families or which have a Neighborhood Watch program going can be a fine, safe option as well.
Parks and Recreation
Merrillville's proximity to the Indiana Dunes National Park offers summer fun on the Great Lakes. You can go fishing, hit the beach, get your steps in on the walking trail, or pitch a tent for the night.
If you're looking for something a little bit closer you won't be disappointed. There are 11 parks in the city. There's also a community center, Pruzin Community Center, which sits on 22 acres with a picnic shelter and playground. The hall is available for rental if you want to throw a large event.
The Parks and Recreation Department also runs quite a few classes and activities, including youth karate, cardio kickboxing, yoga, and senior fitness. They hold a senior luncheon on the 2nd Friday of every month.
The Merrillville Real Estate Market
Merrillville draws many residents with its highly affordable homes. The average listing price is just over $151,000. There's a decent inventory of homes for sale, ensuring a solid selection.
Prices tend to hold steady, which means Merrillville is a stable place for buyers who are looking for their "forever home."
Merrillville homes aren't eligible for USDA rural loans, but all other financing programs are active and available to prospective Merrillville home buyers.
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