Schererville, Indiana

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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.

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