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East Chicago, Indiana - Basic Facts

The City of East Chicago had a population of 29,047 as of July 1, 2016. East Chicago ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Indiana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for East Chicago is located at latitude 41.6505 and longitude -87.4511 in Lake County. The formal boundaries for the City of East Chicago (see map below) encompass a land area of 14.09 sq. miles and a water area of 2.07 sq. miles. Lake County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 591 feet.

The City of East Chicago (GNIS ID: 2394597) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of East Chicago is located within Township of North, a minor civil division (MCD) of Lake County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with East Chicago population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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East Chicago, IN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 29,047
Population in Households 28,867
Population in Familes 23,850
Population in Group Qrtrs 180
Population Density1 2,062
Diversity Index2 85


Total Households 10,471
Average Household Size 2.76
Family Households 6,931
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 13,152 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,979 (30.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,492 (49.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,681 (20.4%)
Median Home Value $83,958
Average Home Value $94,622


Median Household Income $28,294
Average Household Income $39,235
Per Capita Income $14,260
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.35% -0.29%
Households -0.38% -0.28%
Families -0.6% -0.43%
Median Household Income   0.07%
Per Capita Income   1.47%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

East Chicago, IN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares East Chicago to the other 680 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Indiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 36 95th
Population Density1 # 113 84th
Diversity Index2 # 1 100th
Median Household Income # 673 1st
Per Capita Income # 676 1st

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