Michigan City : Indiana


What It Is Like to Retire in Michigan City

Michigan City, know by locals as Michiana is located in LaPorte County, Indiana, and is about 50 miles east of Chicago. The town is a popular summer tourist destination because of its closeness to Indiana Dunes National Park and is Indiana’s “beach town” as it sits on Lake Michigan. The city’s is also home to the only lighthouse in Indiana, golf courses, parks, a city marina, an airport, and a riverboat casino. Photo of Michigan City Courthouse courtesy of Wikipedia and Nyttend; photo of Michigan City East Pierced Light Tower and Elevated Walk courtesy of Wikipedia and Matt Morse; photo of Michigan City Train courtesy of Wikipedia and Drew Jacksich,Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/

Where to Retire in Michigan City and Home Prices

According to Zillow, the median home value was $119,393 in early 2021.

What Is Special about Michigan City

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What Is Not Special about Michigan City

Cold snowy winters, crime rate is higher than the national average

Who Will Like Retirement in Michigan City

Retirees who want a small town on a lake and not too far from Chicago (about 50 miles), may like it here. There is an active senior center, a library, golf courses, boating and fishing on Lake Michigan, and a hospital is located here.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Health care drives the economy and summer tourism is also important.

Climate and Physical Environment

January's average temperature is 24 degrees, July's average is 71 degrees. The town averages 40 inches of snow annually.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

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The crime rate is above the national average.

Medical Facilities

Franciscan St. Anthony Health Medical Center is located here.


Michigan City offers public bus service; rail service connects the town with Chicago; the city has a municipal airport, the nearest international airport is in South Bend about 35 miles away and Chicago Midway airport is approximately 64 miles away.

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