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Gary, Indiana - Basic Facts

The City of Gary is the 9th largest city in Indiana with a population of 76,591 as of July 1, 2016. Gary ranks in the upper quartile for 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 Gary is located at latitude 41.5959 and longitude -87.3456 in Lake County. The formal boundaries for the City of Gary (see map below) encompass a land area of 49.87 sq. miles and a water area of 7.31 sq. miles. Lake County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 600 feet.

The City of Gary (GNIS ID: 2394863) 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 Gary is located within Township of Calumet, a minor civil division (MCD) of Lake County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Gary 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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Gary, IN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 76,591
Population in Households 75,875
Population in Familes 60,105
Population in Group Qrtrs 716
Population Density1 1,536
Diversity Index2 37


Total Households 29,982
Average Household Size 2.53
Family Households 18,560
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 39,835 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 14,795 (37.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 15,187 (38.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 9,853 (24.7%)
Median Home Value $71,086
Average Home Value $93,349


Median Household Income $27,489
Average Household Income $39,850
Per Capita Income $15,772
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.75% -0.47%
Households -0.73% -0.46%
Families -0.94% -0.61%
Median Household Income   -0.09%
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.

Gary, IN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Gary 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 # 9 99th
Population Density1 # 266 61st
Diversity Index2 # 70 90th
Median Household Income # 676 1st
Per Capita Income # 662 3rd

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