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Valparaiso is a city in Porter County, in the Chicago metro area.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for the city in Chile.

The latitude of Valparaiso is 41.473N. The longitude is -87.061W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 794 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 28,365.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$45,799
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Valparaiso demographic reports
Also known as Valpo
Former and merged names include:
· Portersville
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 89. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 3.1 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Orville Redenbacher, "popcorn king"
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Popcorn Festival - Sept. 8, 2007
  • Wizard of Oz Festival - Sept. 14-16, 2007
  • Vale Fine Arts Festival - Oct. 6-7, 2007
  • Hot Air BalloonFest - Sept. 7-8, 2007
Dates often change. Check Valparaiso web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Sunset Hill Farm County Park
Historic sites and museums: Brauer Museum of Art
Colleges and universities: Valparaiso University, Ivy Tech State College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)

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Ancestry & family history

27% of Valparaiso residents report German ancestry, and 14% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Valparaiso ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Valparaiso was $22,509, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

35% of Valparaiso residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Valparaiso include Valparaiso Downtown Commercial District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Valparaiso, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $548.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,077.


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Libraries in Valparaiso include Porter County Public Library System, South Haven Library ... View libraries

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Politics

Porter County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Valparaiso political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Valparaiso workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 9 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Valparaiso between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 3.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Hotels in Valparaiso include Best Western Expressway Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn-Valparaiso, Hampton Inn Valparaiso, Super 8.

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