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Long Beach, Indiana

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Long Beach, Indiana
Location of Long Beach in LaPorte County, Indiana.
Location of Long Beach in LaPorte County, Indiana.
Coordinates: 41°44′44″N 86°51′5″W / 41.74556°N 86.85139°W / 41.74556; -86.85139
CountryUnited States
 • Total3.15 sq mi (8.15 km2)
 • Land1.07 sq mi (2.79 km2)
 • Water2.07 sq mi (5.37 km2)
633 ft (193 m)
 • Total1,179
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,080.00/sq mi (416.87/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)219
FIPS code18-44784[4]
GNIS feature ID0438243[5]

Long Beach is a town in Michigan Township, LaPorte County, Indiana, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population of Long Beach was 1,179. It is included in the Michigan City, Indiana-La Porte, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Long Beach was founded in the 1920s as a resort town.[6] It was named for the sand beaches of Lake Michigan.[7]

The Hoover-Timme House (1929), John and Isabel Burnham House (1934), and Lowell E. and Paula G. Jackson House (1938), were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.[8]


Long Beach is located at 41°44′44″N 86°51′5″W / 41.74556°N 86.85139°W / 41.74556; -86.85139.[9]

According to the 2010 census, Long Beach has a total area of 3.15 square miles (8.16 km2), of which 1.06 square miles (2.75 km2) (or 33.65%) is land and 2.09 square miles (5.41 km2) (or 66.35%) is water.[10]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20161,161[3]−1.5%
Source: US Census Bureau

2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,179 people, 555 households, and 366 families living in the town. The population density was 1,112.3 inhabitants per square mile (429.5/km2). There were 1,093 housing units at an average density of 1,031.1 per square mile (398.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.8% White, 1.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.6% of the population.

There were 555 households of which 14.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.6% were married couples living together, 4.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.1% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.64.

The median age in the town was 58 years. 14.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 10% were from 25 to 44; 39.6% were from 45 to 64; and 32.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.

2000 census

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,559 people, 661 households, and 473 families living in the town. The population density was 1,495.7 people per square mile (578.8/km²). There were 1,071 housing units at an average density of 1,027.5 per square mile (397.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.69% White, 0.38% African American, 0.13% Native American, 1.03% Asian, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population. The population of Long Beach boasts a large number of Irish Catholic descent.

There were 661 households out of which 22.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.7% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.3% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the town, the population was spread out with 19.9% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 14.2% from 25 to 44, 35.2% from 45 to 64, and 25.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $71,364, and the median income for a family was $84,532. Males had a median income of $71,563 versus $41,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $43,159. None of the families and 0.9% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.


Long Beach residents are served by the Michigan City Public Library.[11] Long Beach residents may also request a free library card from any La Porte County Public Library branch.[12]


Located on the southeast shore of Lake Michigan, Long Beach is a residential community in a landscape of tree covered dunes. It has a shoreline of approximately 3 miles and a maximum depth of 3/4 miles. Residents tend to be a mixture of permanent residents and individuals visiting Long Beach on weekends or for the summer, the latter group mostly individuals from nearby Chicago.

Long Beach has a town-owned water system and few sewers and sidewalks. It is a part of the Michigan City, Indiana public school system. The government includes a five-member town council, a clerk treasurer, a police department, a volunteer fire department, a park department, and a water board. Long Beach has a very small business center and a golf course/country club.

Long Beach also has the old Long Beach School and uses it as the Community Center, which houses the Long Beach Fitness Center. The Fitness Center features free and machine weights, strength training equipment, and cardio equipment. It also has an aerobics room for fitness classes such as pilates, cardio, and yoga. Personal training is an important part of the fitness programs. Anyone owning property in Long Beach, IN can access the Fitness Center.

Michigan City Transit's Route 3 stops near the town's southern border at Karwick Plaza, immediately north of Karwick Road/Route 12 intersection. It links the town to South Shore Line's Carroll Avenue station Monday-Saturday and allows its residents to reach downtown Michigan City. The closest Amtrak station is located in downtown Michigan City, at 100 Washington Street.

Notable people

Long Beach was the childhood home of Chief Justice John Roberts and Siri founder Dag Kittlaus. Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, owns a home in Long Beach on Lake Michigan.[13] Frank Lloyd Wright's son John Lloyd Wright lived here and established an architectural practice, designing many houses in the area.[14]

Hal Higdon, noted American distance runner and author, also lives in Long Beach, Indiana.

Dirk Ewy, comedian and songwriter grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan, and attributes Long Beach with the inspiration for much of his art.


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 28, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "Town of Long Beach, Indiana". Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  7. ^ Baker, Ronald L. (October 1995). From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier Place Names in Folklore and History. Indiana University Press. p. 201. ISBN 978-0-253-32866-3. The name of this descriptive...
  8. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 7/29/13 through 8/02/13. National Park Service. 2013-08-09.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-17.
  11. ^ "Get a Library Card". Michigan City Public Library. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  12. ^ "How To Get A Library Card". La Porte County Public Library. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  13. ^ Sweet, Lynn. "Biden at Chicago fund-raiser remembers Phil Corboy". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  14. ^

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