Whiting, Indiana

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Whiting is a city located in the Chicago Metropolitan Area in Lake County, Indiana, United States, incorporated in 1869. Whiting is located on the southern shore of Lake Michigan and is nicknamed the "Little City on the Lake". It is about 16 miles from the Chicago Loop and just short of two miles from Chicago's South Side. Whiting is also home to Whiting Refinery, the largest oil refinery in the Midwest. The population was 5,137 at the 2000 census. [1]



Whiting is located at 41°40′34″N 87°29′26″W / 41.67611°N 87.49056°W / 41.67611; -87.49056 (41.676027, -87.490460)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.5 km²), of which, 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km²) of it (46.34%) 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.[4][5][6]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,137 people, 2,091 households, and 1,281 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,914.1 people per square mile (1,126.9/km²). There were 2,313 housing units at an average density of 1,312.1/sq mi (507.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.37% White, 0.56% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.91% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 9.09% from other races, and 1.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 25.56% of the population.

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