Stranger Things fans have been speculating the location of Hawkins, Indiana, for a long time, but they need speculate no more. The official companion book Worlds Turned Upside Down provides the answer. The book includes an 11″x15″ map of Hawkins, and at the bottom shows the town’s location in Indiana. It’s is in the northeastern part of the state, about halfway between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne. I plugged it on the following map in red.
That just so happens to be where I situated Hawkins in my fanfiction trilogy: about an hour and a half drive northeast from Indianapolis. (See this chapter in particular.) It’s interesting that most fans favored either a northwestern or southwestern location. (See this Reddit discussion.)
As for the map itself, it doesn’t indicate the homes of individual characters, like the Wheeler residence, the Byers residence, etc., but I took the liberty of putting those in, using red circles and blue labels; and other places, like the junkyard, Meldvald’s Store, and the places where Will was initially attacked by the Demogorgon, and where El flipped the van. (Click on the map for full resolution, street names, schools, police station, etc.)
World’s Turned Upside Down was released the day before Halloween, but it’s a perfect Christmas gift for anyone who hasn’t obtained it yet. I recommend it highly. City Book Review review and Fanbase Press provide more details.