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A+ Merrillville Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D+ Merrillville Cost of Living Cost of living is 14% higher than Indiana
1011% more expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Merrillville cost of living
C+ Merrillville Crime Total crime is 35% higher than Indiana
Total crime
3,78937% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2737% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
9%Year over year crime is up
Merrillville crime
D Merrillville Employment Household income is 4% higher than Indiana
Median household income
$52,4285% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$24,68717% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%8% higher than the US average
Merrillville employment
D- Merrillville Housing Home value is 1% higher than Indiana
Median home value
$127,40031% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$9692% higher than the US average
Home ownership
63%1% lower than the US average
Merrillville real estate or Merrillville rentals
A- Merrillville Schools HS graduation rate is 7% higher than Indiana
High school grad. rates
89%7% higher than the US average
School test scores
63%28% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
19:121% higher than the US average
Merrillville K-12 schools or Merrillville colleges

Living in Merrillville, IN

Merrillville is a moderately-sized city located in the state of Indiana. The city has a population of 35,268 residents. Merrillville is known to be an ethnically diverse city. The two most common races are White (42%) and Black or African American (46%). The average American spends an average of about 26 minutes on their one way commute each day. Lower travel times to work can increase overall happiness and allow for more time to be spent with family. While living in Merrillville, your commute times will be about average with a one way commute time of 27 minutes.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a good experience if you are willing to get to know the town before actually living in Merrillville, Indiana. To help you find the best places to live in and around Merrillville, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, cost of living, weather, education, housing and more.

The livability score in Merrillville is 73/100 and the city is ranked in the 76th percentile of all cities across America. There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Merrillville ranks well for amenities (A+) and education (A-). The bad news for Merrillville, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: weather (D), employment (D) and housing (D-).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Merrillville, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Merrillville: Star Plaza Theatre, Albanese Candy Factory, and Funflatables.

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Merrillville gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 114 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Merrillville is real estate affordability. The median home price for Merrillville homes is $127,400, which is 0.7% higher than the Indiana average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Merrillville, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.4, which is 4% lower than the Indiana average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Merrillville will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Merrillville, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 5.1%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 4%.

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It was better in 2000

2000 was the last year I lived there, having moved farther east to a kinder, gentler community that cared. Merrillville was never supposed to exist - it was unincorporated town in Ross Township, not a city. It got screwed out of income by Hobart - when they annexed the land where Southlake Mall sits. Hobart (physically) sits 10 mi North of the mall on Lake George. When the Greek Church moved in, things got a little bit better for a lot of folks. But the drug crime from Gary continues to persist to this very day.
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Merrillville: A Prime Midwest Choice

After living in Merrillville for a bit, I've really come to appreciate the city. It may seem like a small city, but it's surprisingly full of opportunities and recreational activities.

What I enjoy most about Merrillville is how affordable it is. Owning a home here is just a fraction of the cost for a comparable house in a major city like LA or New York. Since the home prices are so reasonable, you'll be able to easily afford a comfortable lifestyle. As far as job opportunities go, you probably won't have much difficulty finding a full-time or part-time job either.

Merrillville has a mall and a Walmart Supercenter, so you'll be able to get almost everything you'll need in one place. Just make sure you have your own car since the public transportation in Merrillville is virtually non-existent. One of the best areas in Merrillville, in my opinion, is the mall, since it has a great movie theater.
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Source: The Merrillville, IN data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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