Valparaiso : Indiana

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What it's Like to Retire in Valparaiso

Valparaiso, Indiana, is the county seat of Porter County with a population in 2012 of about 32,000.  It has a vibrant downtown with small town ambience and includes a historical district with several buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The city is the the site of multiple colleges and universities including Valparaiso, an independent Lutheran University, Purdue University North Central, and a regional campus of Ivy Tech.  Another of the town's claim to fame is Orville Redenbacher, a former resident who built a popcorn factory here.  Picture of Memorial Opera House courtesy of Wikipedia and Andy Seibel.


Where to Retire in Valparaiso and Home Prices

According to the median sale price of a home in Valparaiso was about $190,000 in late 2013.


What is special about Valparaiso

Valparaiso has a lot going on with an active downtown full of shops, museums, restaurants and the college crowd.  The town has a new Central Park Plaza that hosts concerts in it's outdoor amphitheater along with other special events.  It is also full of parks and recreation sites along with golf courses and bike trails.


What is not special about Valparaiso

Valparaiso does experience winter with an average snowfall of 39 inches.


Who will like retirement in Valparaiso

Those who want a college town with a lot of outdoor activity along with a vibrant, walkable downtown.


Local economy is driven by

Economy  is driven by manufacturing and education.


Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is 24 degrees, and the average July temperature is 73 degrees.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Valparaiso is home to Memorial Opera House and Central Park Plaza which offer concerts and theatrical events, and if that isn't enough Valparaiso University's Center for the Arts has a full schedule of art, music and plays. The city also has museums, a historical district, and more than a dozen parks.  Festivals are held throughout the year with the most popular being the Popcorn Festival which honors Orville Redenbacher, who once lived in Valparaiso.



Valparaiso crime rate is below the national average.


Medical facilities

Porter Valparaiso Hospital



Porter County Municipal Airport; Chicago Midway International Airport is 56 miles away; Amtrak services Michigan City 19 miles away; City of Valparaiso does offer bus service to Chicago.


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Facts about VALPARAISO
  • State: IN
  • Environment: College Town,Small-mid Sized City,
  • City Population: 25,001-50,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
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