Any person from the Lake County are from Northwest Indiana. They have to have grown up, went to school and know landmarks only Region Rats know. They know what the history of "The Region" is because more than likely, they were part of it. Region Rats also never loose touch with other Region Rats. No matter how far you move away, you always come back to "The Region" for one reason or another.
Were you from?
Whiting, IN
Oh, you're a Region Rat
You bet your dupa

What are you doing this weekend?
Going to Pierogi fest.
What's that?
Oh man, you're not a Region Rat or you'd know.
by Prof. Slider July 14, 2011
One who was born, raised, educated, and worked in a Northwest Indiana steel mill.
Taken from a combination of Mill Rat, ( someone who worked in a Steel Mill,) and "The Region", ( the Lake, Porter Counties)
In Northwest Indiana. Region Rat was a marketing ploy by the Indiana Tourism Dept. about 1990 to promote the area.
I am a proud Region Rat. I was born in East Chicago, Indiana, raised in the Hessville Section of the City of Hammond, Went to Harding School, and the Old O.P. Morton High School on Marshal Ave. My Great-grandfather, Grand father, Father, Numerous Great-Uncles, Uncles, and Cousins worked for Inland steel. I and my brothers worked there for a total of 70 years between us. I had 35 years.

If you know Where the "Mill Gate Inn" , Little Red School House moved from, or where "Mount Baldy" is, you may be a Region Rat.
by Marty,Silver Tongued Purveyor October 20, 2011

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