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Gary, Indiana - Basic Facts

The City of Gary is the 9th largest city in Indiana with a population of 75,383 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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


Total Population 75,383
Daytime Population: Workers 26,273
Daytime Population: Residents 49,749
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 76,022
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.01
Population in Households 74,667
Population in Familes 58,997
Population in Group Qrtrs 716
Population Density2 1,512
Diversity Index3 37


Median Household Income $28,492
Average Household Income $41,933
Per Capita Income $16,631


Total Housing Units 39,803 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 14,542 (36.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 15,041 (37.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 10,220 (25.7%)
Median Home Value $73,520
Average Home Value $96,848


Total Households 29,583
Average Household Size 2.52
Family Households 18,204
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 -0.87% -0.63%
Households -0.81% -0.61%
Families -1.08% -0.79%
Median Household Income   -0.04%
Per Capita Income   1.75%

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, 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 # 9 99th
Population Density # 273 60th
Diversity Index # 70 90th
Median Household Income # 676 1st
Per Capita Income # 663 3rd

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