Located in Northwest Indiana, Hobart is a rapidly-growing commercial and residential community in Lake County. Historically known as a residential community, recent development and annexation in downtown Hobart has added a large retail element to the city.
The land where Hobart currently sits was originally inhabited by the Potawatomi Native American tribe, until they sold it in the middle of the 19th century to George Earle. An English immigrant, Earle named the town after his brother, Frederick Hobart Earle, who remained in England. Hobart has two sites on the National Register of Historic Places, the First Unitarian Church of Hobart as well as the Hobart Carnegie Library.
The School City of Hobart serves the majority of the community, although some Hobart students attend the River Forest Community School Corporation and the Merrillville Community School District. The School City of Hobart is comprised of six schools — four elementary schools, Hobart Middle School and Hobart High School. The Hobart band is one of the most highly decorated in the state, with their rich history started by Dr. William Revelli, who later would lead the University of Michigan Band. Three major railroads run through Hobart, and three commercial airports are within driving distance, with the Gary/Chicago International Airport being the closest. The Hobart Sky Ranch Airport, just two miles from downtown Hobart, offers private aviation services.
Hobart is home to the Indiana Botanic Gardens, which is both the largest and oldest herbs retailer in the nation. The Hobart Park District is comprised of 14 parks, a public golf course, and various athletic fields, including: basketball, football, baseball, soccer, rugby and tennis facilities. Lake George, a popular lake in Hobart, is a popular spot for a wide array of wildlife, including dozens of bird species, as well as channel catfish that have been known to weigh over 100 pounds. The Oak Savannah trail runs through Hobart and is popular for jogging, biking and hiking.