St. John: Open for Business and Planting Family Roots

2014-03-16T00:00:00Z St. John: Open for Business and Planting Family RootsHeather Augustyn nwitimes.com
March 16, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Over the last decade, St. John, Indiana has experienced rapid population growth. Located just outside Chicago, it’s become an oasis for urban professionals and their families desiring a small town environment with all the conveniences of a major urban center. People come to St. John and stay in St. John. St. John’s ever-increasing population has brought major investments in infrastructure and expanding sustainable development within the town. All of this growth and investment make St. John an ideal location for expanding commercial and retail operations.

St. John is a Great Place to Live

No stranger to the spotlight, St. John was recently featured in Businessweek’s “Best Places to Raise Kids 2013.” Judged by diverse criteria, though heavily influenced by public school systems, safety and the local job market, St. John was deemed the Best Place to Raise Kids in the State of Indiana and ranked 15th nationwide. In 2009 CNN ranked St. John number 48th among the 100 best places to live in the U.S. Since 2000, St. John’s job growth rate exceeded CNN’s best places to live average by at least 15%.

St. John is a Great Place to Do Business

Over the past decade, St. John has strived to create a family-friendly community with carefully-controlled plans to expand the town’s infrastructure, zoning and services. This has kept St. John an ideal place to live as evidenced by continuing population growth and, of course, economic growth. The town is home to a growing number of local businesses and commercial chains on its US 41 Commercial Corridor and Frontage Road Retail Area. Most recently, several major retail chains have purchased land to take advantage of St. John’s growth and growth-friendly policies. The St. John business community is alive with activity. Boasting 14 financial institutions, St. John proves that growth and prosperity are here to stay.

St. John Offers Abundant Amenities

St. John is home to a variety of local medical professionals, specialists, physicians and dentists and has a new Community Hospital Outpatient Centre. In addition to local medical services, St. John is located near several major hospital systems. St. John maintains its own police, fire, and emergency services which are constantly being upgraded to accommodate the town’s growth.

St. John’s two major school districts, Lake Central and Hanover, have excellent public schools that outperform Indiana averages in terms of test scores and graduation rates. St. John also has more than 20 public parks offering sports facilities, picnic facilities, fishing, hiking, skating, cross-country skiing, sledding and a large network of bike and pedestrian trails.

St. John is Growing

St. John currently comprises 8,622 acres and is prepared to grow by an additional 7,000 acres in the coming years with two phases of annexation planned. Current growth trends predict that the town will annex over 4,000 additional acres by 2045. Due to this anticipated growth, St. John is planning a second phase of annexation that will bring the total land area to 15,954 acres. A projected 200% increase in size and the population will mean more businesses, more residents, and more improvements to infrastructure. St. John is growing quickly and orderly.

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