Northwest Indiana is nicknamed “The Region” after the Calumet Region, which comprises Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton and Jasper counties in Indiana. The region neighbors Lake Michigan and is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. According to the 2010 Census, Northwest Indiana has a population of 819,537 and is the state’s second largest urban area after the Indianapolis Metropolitan area. It is also the home of the Indiana Dunes, parts of which have been preserved through conservation efforts. The town Ogden Dunes houses the Hour Glass, a museum showcasing the ecological and conservation efforts of O.D. Frank.
“The Region” is rich with diversity with many families settling here from earlier generations who came through Ellis Island in New York. Others came from the Chicagoland area and many came north from the south seeking rich steel mill jobs back in the height of the industrial industry boom.
With all of our photographers traveling throughout the area we wanted to capture and share the diversity of our great Region and post photos with a brief description of who some of our people are who live and work here. We’re calling it ‘The People of The Region’! We hope you enjoy learning about some of your neighbors. You just might even recognize some of the faces here!