Highland is a town exudes the style and sophistication of a major metropolitan area while still maintaining its humble roots as a community willing to roll up its sleeves and get down to work. Located in Lake County in Northwest Indiana, those who live in Highland have access to a robust local economy with ample employment opportunities, spectacular education and a bevy of entertainment options all wrapped up in the neat package of a small town.
Approximately 23,285 residents call Highland home according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Many of these residents work in the manufacturing, construction and transportation and warehousing industries, but Highland residents aren’t limited in their employment options. The Northwest Indiana region is an area that is diverse in economy and industry and employment here is readily available.
Some major employers for the area include Arcelor Mittal Burns Harbor, Franciscan Saint Margaret Health, Blue Chip Casino and U.S. Steel Corp.
Getting around Highland
With major metropolitan areas nearby in Chicago, Gary and even Indianapolis, transportation has always been an important factor in Northwest Indiana and Highland residents have greatly benefitted from the city’s ideal location. There are several Interstate and U.S. highways located within a 20-mile radius of Highland including the Borman Expressway which is just north of the city and the perfect passageway to almost anywhere in the country.
Residents wanting to travel by plane can easily do so out of the Gary/Chicago International Airport in Gary or Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport or Chicago Midway International Airport.
In town, residents enjoy relatively quiet city streets. The town also accommodates residents wanting to reduce their carbon footprint with the Erie Lackawanna Trail, a multiuse trail used primarily by pedestrians and cyclists. The trail cuts diagonally through Highland and links it to neighboring towns Griffith and Crown Point.
Living in Highland
Highland is a truly exceptional place to live. The town’s public school system, School Town of Highland serves four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. This is a small, but tight-knit system that is passionate about Highland youth. Outside of the public school system there are also three private schools.
The main thoroughfare of the town is Highland Main Street, which features a historic theater, locally-owned shops, dining and art installations. Downtown also features a number of buildings exhibiting mid-century modern style architecture, which is evocative of the town’s rich history. Located just a short distance from downtown is the Heron Rookery, an observation area on the Little Calumet marsh where visitors can gaze upon some of the area’s most fascinating wildlife including the majestic blue heron.
Community traditions in Highland are unique and engaging. The town is known for its massive July 4 celebration, which can span five days. One of the highlights of this event, other than the traditional fireworks display, is the Fourth of July twilight parade, which begins at sundown on July 3. Live music, an All-American Mile Run and children’s entertainment are also much anticipated attractions throughout the event.