Dune Acres, Indiana
|Town of Dune Acres, Indiana|
Location in the state of Indiana
|• Total||3.44 sq mi (8.91 km2)|
|• Land||2.17 sq mi (5.62 km2)|
|• Water||1.27 sq mi (3.29 km2)|
|Elevation||627 ft (191 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||183|
|• Density||83.9/sq mi (32.4/km2)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0433775|
Dune Acres is a town in Westchester Township, Porter County, Indiana, United States. The population was 182 at the 2010 census. Dune Acres is located in the duneland of the south shore of Lake Michigan. Many residents of Dune Acres and surrounding communities helped preserve parts of the Indiana Dunes.  
Dune Acres is located at (41.646416, -87.084905).
According to the 2010 census, the town has a total area of 3.44 square miles (8.9 km2), of which 2.17 square miles (5.6 km2) (or 63.08%) is land and 1.27 square miles (3.3 km2) (or 36.92%) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 182 people, 94 households, and 58 families residing in the town. The population density was 83.9 inhabitants per square mile (32.4 /km2). There were 163 housing units at an average density of 75.1 per square mile (29.0 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.1% White, 1.1% African American, 2.2% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.
There were 94 households of which 10.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 1.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.3% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.94 and the average family size was 2.41.
The median age in the town was 63.4 years. 8.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 3.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 4.3% were from 25 to 44; 36.8% were from 45 to 64; and 46.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 52.2% male and 47.8% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 213 people, 101 households, and 76 families residing in the town. The population density was 99.7 people per square mile (38.4/km²). There were 154 housing units at an average density of 72.0 per square mile (27.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.06% White, and 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.41% of the population.
There were 101 households out of which 13.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.3% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.8% were non-families. 20.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.39.
In the town the population was spread out with 11.7% under the age of 18, 3.3% from 18 to 24, 13.1% from 25 to 44, 33.8% from 45 to 64, and 38.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 60 years. For every 100 females there were 104.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.9 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $94,843, and the median income for a family was $102,524. Males had a median income of $83,632 versus $41,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $68,051. None of the population or families were below the poverty line.
In the past, Dune Acres was served by the eponymous South Shore Line station, which was located at North County Road. That station was closed in 1992 as part of NICTD's effort to consolidate the line's Porter County stations. Since then, the community has been served by the Dune Park station. V-Line's Orange Line route stops at the station Friday-Sunday, allowing Dune Acres residents to connect to Valparaiso (and vice-versa). Coach USA's Tri-State/United Limo Service stops at the nearby town of Portage, providing a direct connecting to Chicago's O'Hare Airport.
- Comedian Jim Gaffigan
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