Located in Northwest Indiana, just miles from Lake Michigan, Kouts is a steadily-growing town in Porter County. A close-knit community rich in history and built on pride, it is an increasingly popular destination for prospective homeowners.
Originally settled by Barnhardt Kouts, the village location was chosen for its proximity to the junction of the Erie and Pennsylvania railroads. In 1865, the first post office was established, and the population eclipsed the 500 mark for the first time in 1881. Its location along the railroads, coupled with the fish and game provided by the nearby Kankakee River, made it a popular destination for settlers heading west. Although the town was originally named Kouts Station, it was officially named Kouts in 1890, and incorporated in 1921.
The town is served by the East Porter County School Corporation, with two schools, Kouts Elementary School and Kouts Middle/High School, serving its student population. Kouts is located within 10 miles of four major highways: Interstates 65, 80, 90 and 94, and commercial air travel is available at the nearby Gary/Chicago International Airport.
One of the most popular events in Kouts is Porkfest, an annual celebration held in early August. Featuring a 5K walk/run, food vendors, arts and crafts stands, a parade, live entertainment, a cornhole tournament, and the highlight of all the festivities and a Kouts tradition, the Porkburger Eating Contest! Kouts also hosts a number of community events, including a Christmas Open House and a “Townwide Garage Sale,” showing why Kouts truly illustrates country living at its finest.