With the pristine beaches of Michigan to the northeast, the big city excitement of Chicago to the northwest and its own brand of quality living, Michigan City is the perfect city for home owners who are looking for a bit of variety in everyday life. Known for its proximity to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the variety of amenities provided by nearby Lake Michigan, LaPorte County’s Michigan City has long been known as a tourist destination. However with a diverse local economy, renowned school system and access to world-class healthcare, the city has swiftly become a place where people want to play, work and live all year long.
While visitors may cause the population to swell in the busy tourist seasons, Michigan City maintains a population of about 31,494 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Many of its residents live within the bustling urban area of the city, however some also inhabit the more rural outskirts where a quieter life can be had without losing access to the wonderful amenities of this vibrant area.
Employment in Michigan City
While tourism is a major industry in the Michiana region, Michigan City’s urban core enables it to offer residents a variety of employment opportunities. The primary employment industries in the area include manufacturing, education, healthcare, government, leisure and hospitality services. Some of the largest employers of residents in the area include Jaymar-Ruby Inc., Michigan City Area Schools, Saint Anthony Memorial Health Centers and Dwyer Instruments, Inc.
Located just 41 miles east of Chicago and 25 miles east of Gary, Michigan City is also in a prime location for enterprise. This is encouraged by the city’s Chamber of Commerce which is dedicated to strengthening the community and its members by fostering locally-owned businesses.
The city’s public school system, Michigan City Area Schools, is not only one of the top employers in the area, but it is also a renowned school system that includes eight elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school at Michigan City High School. There are also several parochial and private schools in the area.
What to do in Michigan City
The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Lake Michigan itself provide area residents with plenty of opportunities for fun in the sun, but the city has much more to offer even during the off season. The spirit of the arts is alive and well here. There are a number of museums and performing arts venues including the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Old Lighthouse Museum, Footlight Players and Mainstreet Theatre.
Golf is also a popular pastime here and residents have three courses where they can get their fix. With 36 holes, the public Michigan City Municipal Golf Course can take some time to master while the two private courses at Long Beach Country Club and Pottawattomie Country Club also provide opportunities for friendly competition for members.
True to its motto, “Shop. Sand. Smiles,” there are plenty of shopping destinations throughout Michigan City. The most popular destination is the Lighthouse Place Premium Outlet complex located in the downtown area. For a little vintage flavor, shoppers can also check out the antiques at The Antique Market, Rainbow Trades and Shomer Shabbat Antiques and Art, all located within city limits.