East Chicago, IN Profile: Facts & Data


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East Chicago, Indiana - Basic Facts

The City of East Chicago had a population of 28,433 as of July 1, 2018. 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 41.6392 and longitude -87.4548 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.

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East Chicago, IN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 28,433
Population in Households 28,252
Population in Familes 23,153
Population in Group Qrtrs 181
Population Density2 2,019
Diversity Index3 85


Median Household Income $30,369
Average Household Income $42,091
Per Capita Income $15,364


Total Housing Units 12,985 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,365 (33.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,933 (45.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,687 (20.7%)
Median Home Value $87,756
Average Home Value $100,120


Total Households 10,298
Average Household Size 2.74
Family Households 6,774
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population -0.53% -0.54%
Households -0.49% -0.5%
Families -0.73% -0.66%
Median Household Income   3.22%
Per Capita Income   3.01%

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, 2018 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 # 38 95th
Population Density # 120 83rd
Diversity Index # 1 100th
Median Household Income # 674 1st
Per Capita Income # 676 1st

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