Hobart, Indiana is 1 of 22 cities in the Northern Indiana Area with Active Retirement Communities.
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Hobart is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 29,059 at the 2010 census. The city is pronounced by locals as Ho-bert instead of Ho-bart, which is how many people not from the area mistakenly pronounce it.
George Earle, an English immigrant bought land from the Potawatomi Native American tribe, who built a dam on Deep River, creating Lake George. He named the settlement which later developed Hobart, after his brother, Frederick Hobart Earle, who never left England.
Hobart is approximately 31 miles (50 km) southeast of Chicago.
Hobart is home to Lake George, a popular place for people to gather to walk along the city's waterfront. Musical entertainment can be found near the clock tower in Lakefront Park and at the Revelli Bandshell during the warm months. Fishing and boating are two popular activities at Lake George. At Festival Park, people are often seen to feed the plentiful ducks that live there. In the past, fishermen fished at Hobart's Robinson Lake. As of October 2006, Former Mayor Linda Buzenic announced the "highest and best use" for Robinson Lake would be to put it up for sale, according to the Post-Tribune.
The city features 14 parks, 2 public 18-hole golf courses (Cressmoor Country Club closed in 2006 leaving 1), and many sports fields for basketball, football, baseball, soccer, rugby, and many other sports. The city recently bought an outdoor swimming pool.
Lake George, formed by the damming of Deep River, is a medium sized lake that winds its way through Hobart. Once a wild and pristine environment rich with native wildlife, non-native species such as the dozens of domesticated ducks and geese and Eurasian mute swans released here by people over the years, as well as artificially high amounts of food due to feedings have produced an environment that holds far more animals than the area could ever naturally sustain.
At Festival Park, the one-hundred to two-hundred or so resident birds (which include virtually-flightless domesticated birds, swans, mallards and Canadian geese that cannot or do not migrate, and hybrids of all types) that live at the lake year round, as well as migrant Canadia geese and mallards, have stripped the shoreline and land of most vegetation, resulting in erosion, and have turned the shallow lake below the dam into little more than a muddy broth of bacteria.
The waters, however, are very fertile and as a result one-hundred pound channel catfish have been caught at Festival park. The Oak Savannah rails-to-trails route cuts through the city and offers biking and hiking. The Oak Savannah trail passes by the 90 acre (360,000 m²) Hobart Prairie Grove Unit of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
The Shirley Heinze Land Trust, Inc. owns other nature preserves in the city of Hobart, including a tall grass prairie. The Cressmoor Prairie is a dedicated state nature preserve. The Cressmoor Prairie is the largest state-protected rare "black soil" or silt-loam prairie in Indiana.
The city's Mundell Field has a quarter-mile outdoor oval track for walking.
Hobart is home to one of Indiana's largest indoor shopping malls: Westfield Southlake, located in the southern part of the city near the intersection of US 30 and Interstate 65. The area is filled with outdoor strip malls that contain over 200 stores and restaurants.
Hobart residents drive 15 minutes west-northwest to visit casino boats on Lake Michigan and 15 minutes northeast to visit the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the Indiana Dunes State Park, containing 15,000 acres (61 km2) of beaches, sand dunes, bogs, and protected wildlife.
Hobart is home to many thriving businesses in its downtown shopping district, including the historic Art Theatre.
Hobart is also home to the Westfield Southlake Shopping Mall and many surrounding retailers and restaurants, although most businesses are required to list their addresses as Merrillville. Though this area was historically an unincorporated section of Lake County prior to annexation by the City of Hobart, it is currently served by the Merrillville post office.
The nearest large airports serving Hobart are the Gary/Chicago International Airport (GYY) in Gary and Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) and O'Hare International Airport (ORD) in nearby Chicago. The Hobart Sky Ranch Airport (3HO) is located 2 miles (3.2 km) north of the city's downtown business district.
Hobart contains 3 major railroads: Norfolk Southern Railway, which runs through County Line Road to Liverpool Road, Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad, which runs through County Line Road to Wisconsin Street, and Canadian National Railway, which runs through Colorado Street and through a portion of Hobart in the southernmost part of the area known as Ainsworth.
Hobart is also home to the Indiana Botanic Gardens, which is the nation's largest and oldest retailer of herbs. The company moved to Hobart back in the mid-1990s and is located off of Business Route 6.
Income & Housing Costs Numbers:
Estimated median household income in 2009: $53,584 (it was $47,759 in 2000)
Estimated per capita income in 2009: $24,459
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $143,006; Detached houses:
$142,991; Townhouses or other attached units: $178,043; In 2-unit structures:
$117,299; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $137,895; In 5-or-more-unit structures:
$153,495; Mobile homes: $23,324
cost of living index in Hobart: 98.0 (near average, U.S. average is
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