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    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Valparaiso is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 32,501. Valparaiso is in Porter County and is one of the best places to live in Indiana. Living in Valparaiso offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals live in Valparaiso and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Valparaiso are highly rated.
About Valparaiso...
Population
32,501

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$175,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$897
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%
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Valparaiso Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    71.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    26.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    11.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    116
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,041.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    38.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    15%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Valparaiso

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$52,507
National
$55,322
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Valparaiso is a good town to raise a family and an ideal location in Indiana. The downtown is always booming with fun activities, the beach is 20 minutes away, and Chicago is an hour train ride. The progression with the downtown area has increased immensely and made the town much more eye catching and welcoming. However the town does hold downsides as well. Many people are very close minded in a wide array of ways. The diversity is minimal and kids in school can be mean. I love my town, but I cannot wait to go to college to meet new people that have similar core beliefs and passion as I!
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Valparaiso is a a safe, family friendly, and affordable place to live. They have good public schools and job opportunities. The nightlife can include going downtown and visiting the busy restaurants. Including Ricochet, Furin, Designer Desserts, and Rolling Stone Bakery. Their is also many cafes you can stop in at to grab a coffee with your friend or have a quiet place to study. Some of the most popular ones include Blackbird Cafe and Fluid Coffee bar. You can also find Zao Island where you can have a fun time with friends and family. Zao island has many fun activities including mini golfing, go carts, lazer tag, and an arcade. Another place you can stop in at is the Valparaiso Cinemark where you can enjoy the great concessions and comfy seating watching the newest movies on the premium screen.
Valparaiso is a very crowded place and is never dull. Theres places around the corner that anyone can do. It is fit for people of all ages. Parks, great schools, large communities, safe places, and great houses! Anyone would be lucky to live in a place such as Valparaiso.