Hammond Indiana is within easy commute to Chicago and the Downtown area either by car or train, offering you all the advantages of city living, but not at the city cost. The neighborhoods are structured like any city, with easy access to shopping and recreation, but unlike other Chicago suburbs, by residing in Indiana, the cost of living is more reasonable. Housing, utilities, and taxes are less, and the communities are all going through a revitalization. People finding themselves priced out of living in Chicago, are discovering that Hammond offers them a reasonable alternative to those mounting costs, without facing hours of commuting to their jobs.
With the casinos giving a boost into the economy, and new businesses bringing their operations here, the job market has been on the rebound. Another bonus is that while we have all the good points of city life, we have the friendly people you normally only find in smaller towns. Our city officials actually spend time out in the communities listening to the people, and have made themselves accessible to the people.
Most of the grammer schools are new or remodeled, with plans to build a new state of the art middle/high school in central Hammond. The educational system is very good, and we boast several excellent university/colleges. Another advantage to living in Hammond is the College Bound program that will provide funds to Hammond's college bound students to help cover up to 100% of their college tuition.