Northern Indiana

Northern Indiana
Northern Indiana, Indiana
No. Counties 26
States Indiana
Postal Codes 46-47 Postal Code
Largest City Fort Wayne
Second Largest City South Bend
Largest Metro Area Chicago Metro
Second Largest Metro Area Fort Wayne Metro
Time Zones Eastern, Central
US Region Midwest

Northern Indiana is the region of Indiana including 26 counties bordering parts of Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio. The area is generally sub-classified into other regions. The northwest is economically and culturally intertwined with Chicago, and is considered part of the Chicago metropolitan area. The north central area is focused around South Bend, Indiana with economic connections to southwest Michigan, and is referred to as Michiana. The northeast is centered around Fort Wayne, Indiana.



Several prominent colleges and universities are located in Northern Indiana.

Public transportation

Rail transportation is primarily provided by Amtrak and South Shore Line. South Shore Line turns between Chicago and South Bend, making a dozen stops throughout the region. Many cities have either a fixed route bus service system or an on-demand bus service system. The level of service, fares and amenities can vary widely between systems. The inter-city bus service is provided by Greyhound and Coach USA bus system.

Chicago metropolitan area

The following counties are the Northwest Indiana counties that are part of the Chicago metropolitan area. Much of this area in Indiana is known as the Calumet Region.


The following counties are considered part of Michiana

Northern Indiana

The following counties are simply classified as Northern Indiana.

Large Cities

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