East Chicago, IN Profile: Facts, Map & Data


East Chicago Local Links & Resources:
Hotels | Resources | ALL East Chicago Content

Also See: East Chicago, IN ZIP Codes & ZIP Code Maps | Local Area Photos

East Chicago, Indiana - Basic Facts

The City of East Chicago had a population of 28,951 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

EXTREMELY LOCAL Demographic Data

Address Based Hyperlocal Data Input an address and get data & demographics for the pertinent census block group (CBG), a searchable map and a customized directory. The CBG is the smallest geographical unit used by the Census Bureau for reporting demographic data.


City of East Chicago, IN Boundary Map

Also See: BIG Map | Driving Directions | IN Congressional Districts
Boundary Maps: Township of North | Lake County | Indiana Counties

Search the map for:

East Chicago, IN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 28,951
Daytime Population: Workers 15,218
Daytime Population: Residents 18,876
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 34,094
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.18
Population in Households 28,771
Population in Familes 23,729
Population in Group Qrtrs 180
Population Density2 2,055
Diversity Index3 85


Median Household Income $29,019
Average Household Income $41,021
Per Capita Income $14,922


Total Housing Units 13,139 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,988 (30.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,461 (49.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,690 (20.5%)
Median Home Value $85,858
Average Home Value $96,828


Total Households 10,449
Average Household Size 2.75
Family Households 6,884
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.35% -0.43%
Households -0.36% -0.42%
Families -0.61% -0.6%
Median Household Income   0.54%
Per Capita Income   1.94%

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, 2017 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 # 35 95th
Population Density # 114 83rd
Diversity Index # 1 100th
Median Household Income # 674 1st
Per Capita Income # 675 1st

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Indiana Census Data Comparison Tool.

Indiana Research Tools

Indiana Census Data Comparison Tool

Compare Indiana Census Data
Highest or Lowest: