Michigan City, Indiana

City of Michigan City
A South Shore Line train stops at 11th Street station.
Location of Michigan City in LaPorte County, Indiana.
Location of Michigan City in LaPorte County, Indiana.
Coordinates: 41°42′34″N 86°53′13″W / 41°42′34″N 86°53′13″W / 41.70944; -86.88694UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)219
FIPS code18-48798[4]
GNIS feature ID0439078[5]

Michigan City is a city in LaPorte County, Indiana, United States. It is one of the two principal cities of the Michigan City-La Porte, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Chicago-Naperville-Michigan City Combined Statistical Area.

Located in the region known to locals as Michiana, it is approximately 50 miles east of Chicago and 40 miles west of South Bend. The city had a population of 31,479 at the 2010 census.

Michigan City is noted for both its proximity to Indiana Dunes National Park and for bordering Lake Michigan. Due to this, Michigan City receives a fair amount of tourism during the summer months, especially by residents of Chicago and of nearby cities in Northern Indiana. The lighthouse is a notable symbol for the city and is incorporated in the heading of Michigan City's sole newspaper, The News Dispatch, and the city's official seal. Michigan City hosted the sailing events at the 1987 Pan American Games.


Michigan City is located at 41°42′34″N 86°53′13″W / 41°42′34″N 86°53′13″W / 41.70944; -86.88694 (41.709389, -86.886928).[6]

According to the 2010 census, Michigan City has a total area of 22.855 square miles (59.19 km2), of which 19.59 square miles (50.74 km2) (or 85.71%) is land and 3.265 square miles (8.46 km2) (or 14.29%) is water.[7]

Michigan City is also home to the stream Trail Creek which flows into Lake Michigan.

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