Home About The Chamber Member Directory Chamber Gold Members Who's Who in Merrillville About Merrillville Event Photos Contact

Merrillville Chamber Of Commerce
Business Leadership & Service Organization
Serving Merrillville, Ross and the Surrounding Area

Call Now: (219) 769-8180

About Merrillville, Indiana

Merrillville, Indiana is a vibrant, welcoming community located in Lake County and part of the Gary Metropolitan Statistical Area. Known for its stable government, reasonable taxes, and outstanding local services, Merrillville is a place where families, businesses, and individuals can thrive. From its inception, the town has been a hub of opportunity and growth, creating a rich tapestry of cultural, recreational, and educational offerings.

Strategically situated just 40 miles from Chicago and well-connected by modern transportation networks, Merrillville serves as a convenient and ideal locale for anyone looking to enjoy the best of both small-town charm and big-city amenities. Whether you're interested in quality education, diverse housing options, robust healthcare facilities, or various recreational opportunities, Merrillville has something for everyone. We invite you to explore and discover what makes Merrillville a truly special place to live, work, and play.

Merrillville Indiana Water Tower

Why Merrillville?

Stable government and reasonable taxes make Merrillville the place to be!

Local Government

Merrillville is a dynamic community with an active local government organization.

Form of Government


Head of Governing Body

Town Council President

Composition of Governing Body

7 member Town Council



Government Class


Recent Annual Budget


Primary Source of Revenue

Property Taxes

Fire Insurance Rating


Local Taxes

Providing adequate local service while being fiscally responsible is the hallmark of Merrillville's government.

Property Tax Rate

$15.0000 per $100 valuation

Assessment Rate


Tax Year Payable


County Taxes

Taxes for Lake County are detailed below.

Adjusted Gross Income Tax


Economic Development Income Tax


County Option Income Tax


State Taxes

Indiana state taxes are as follows.

Retail Sales Tax


Corporate Gross Income Tax (min)


Corporate Gross Income Tax (max)


Corporate Adjusted Gross Income Tax


Supplemental Net Income Tax


Corporate Franchise Tax


Machinery, Equipment and Inventory Tax

Property Tax

Unemployment Contribution Rates

Unemployment contribution rates for Indiana are detailed below.

Unemployment Contribution Rate (min)


Unemployment Contribution Rate (max)


Benefit Period

26 weeks maximum

Benefit Amount (min)


Benefit Amount (max)


Workers' Compensation Insurance Rates

Workers' compensation insurance rates for Indiana are detailed below.


Employer's liability

Benefit Rate

66 2/3% weekly wage

Benefit Amount (max)



Merrillville covers 35 square miles in Lake County, which is 497 square miles in size. It is part of the Gary Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Distance to Major Cities


Census Year Merrillville Lake County
1970 27,223 546,253
1980 27,677 522,965
1990 27,257 475,594
2000 30,560 484,564


The average cost of a home in Merrillville is $95,146. In addition, there are 1,000 rental units. For our visitors, 1,802 hotel and motel rooms are available.


Northern Indiana is fortunate to enjoy four distinct seasons. Merrillville is coolest in January with an average temperature of 20.1ºF and warmest in August with an average temperature of 72.9ºF.

Civic Organizations

Cultural Attractions


Merrillville has 10 schools serving a K-12 student population of 7,098. The area offers the following vocational training facilities, colleges and universities:

Vocational Training Facilities

Colleges and Universities


Great healthcare is available in the area with 1,077 hospital beds serving Merrillville in the following institutions:

Recreation and Relaxation

Merrillville has 1 library containing 635,818 volumes.


Golf Courses

2 public and 1 private golf courses are available.


2 nearby lakes for your recreational pleasure.