Michiana Shores, Indiana

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Michiana Shores, Indiana
Town
Location of Michiana Shores in the state of Indiana
Location of Michiana Shores in the state of Indiana
Coordinates: 41°45′23″N 86°49′6″W / 41.75639°N 86.81833°W / 41.75639; -86.81833Coordinates: 41°45′23″N 86°49′6″W / 41.75639°N 86.81833°W / 41.75639; -86.81833
Country United States
State Indiana
County LaPorte
Township Springfield, Michigan
Area[1]
 • Total 0.35 sq mi (0.91 km2)
 • Land 0.35 sq mi (0.91 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 610 ft (186 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 313
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 311
 • Density 894.3/sq mi (345.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 46360
Area code(s) 219
FIPS code 18-48744[4]
GNIS feature ID 0446768[5]

Michiana Shores is a town in Springfield and Michigan townships, LaPorte County, Indiana, United States. The population was 313 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Michigan City, Indiana-La Porte, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area. Michiana Shores is located in northwesternmost Springfield Township, and is the township's sole incorporated community.

Michiana Shores takes its name from the Michiana region along the Michigan-Indiana border.

Geography[edit]

Michiana Shores is located at 41°45′23″N 86°49′6″W / 41.75639°N 86.81833°W / 41.75639; -86.81833 (41.756290, -86.818447)[6].

According to the 2010 census, the town has a total area of 0.35 square miles (0.91 km2), all land.[1]

The town lies on the shore of Lake Michigan, just south of the Michigan state line. The town is adjacent to Michiana, Michigan, and also neighbors Long Beach, Indiana along the coast to the west.

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 313 people, 161 households, and 93 families residing in the town. The population density was 894.3 inhabitants per square mile (345.3 /km2). There were 340 housing units at an average density of 971.4 per square mile (375.1 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.4% White, 0.3% Native American, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population.

There were 161 households of which 11.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 3.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.2% were non-families. 37.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.2% 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 2.55.

The median age in the town was 57.8 years. 10.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 3.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 10.5% were from 25 to 44; 47.3% were from 45 to 64; and 27.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.2% male and 50.8% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 330 people, 162 households, and 99 families residing in the town. The population density was 954.0 people per square mile (364.0/km²). There were 339 housing units at an average density of 980.0 per square mile (374.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.12% White, 0.30% African American, 0.30% Native American, 3.33% Asian, 0.30% from other races, and 3.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.21% of the population.

There were 162 households out of which 16.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.3% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.04 and the average family size was 2.58.

In the town the population was spread out with 14.8% under the age of 18, 3.0% from 18 to 24, 22.1% from 25 to 44, 33.3% from 45 to 64, and 26.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females there were 101.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $46,250, and the median income for a family was $64,750. Males had a median income of $42,333 versus $30,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $30,633. None of the families and 2.5% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 4.9% of those over 64.

History[edit]

The inland part of Michiana Shores was the site of the logging town of Corymbo in the 1860s and 1870s.[7] Corymbo, located on the Michigan Central railroad, was home to a mixture of lumbermen and railroad employees.[7] A post office was established there in 1861, but had been discontinued by 1880.[8] The land was owned by the local Burgwald family, which sold it in the 1920s to the Long Beach Land Company.[7]

The modern-day beach community began to be developed in the 1930s, when developers Orphie Gotto and Clarence Mathias began to build it as a log cabin town for vacationers.[7] Many of the early residents were schoolteachers from Chicago.[7] The town was incorporated in 1947.[7]

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