About St. John
Ranked by CNN as the 48th best place to live in the United States, St. John is a picturesque community located in Lake County, Indiana. With small-town charm and a convenient location near a major city, St. John is an attractive destination for prospective homeowners.
St. John was first settled in 1837 by John Hack, a German immigrant farmer. The majority of the early settlers were poor German farmers who, like Hack, were attracted to the area thanks to low property prices, allowing them to own their own land, a luxury they never had. The town remained incredibly small for over a century, with only 684 residents as recently as 1950. However, the population has grown by 500% in the last 30 years, bringing it to its present population of over 15,000.
The Lake Central School Corporation serves the majority of St. John, although a small portion of the community is served by the Hanover Community School Corporation. Lake Central High School is one of the largest high schools in the state, with a student body of nearly 3,500. It has recently undergone major renovations, making it one of the more technologically advanced high schools in the state as well. St. John is located in close proximity to Interstates 65, 80, 90 and 94, and at just 24 miles southeast of Chicago, access to commercial air travel is just a short drive away.
St. John has an extensive parks department, focusing on programs which promote both physical and mental well-being. With high priority on making physical wellness initiatives available to as many residents as possible, the majority of programs are offered at little to no cost. Civic and Heartland Parks are the two largest in town, featuring playground equipment, pavilions available for rent, picnic tables, barbeque brills, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, as well as softball and baseball diamonds. On summer evenings, the area parks are packed with residents, creating the small-town, heartland atmosphere that makes St. John one of the most desirable places to live in the United States.