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Gary, Indiana - Basic Facts

The City of Gary is the 10th largest city in Indiana with a population of 74,720 as of July 1, 2018. 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 41.5934 and longitude -87.3464 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.

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


Total Population 74,720
Population in Households 73,995
Population in Familes 58,042
Population in Group Qrtrs 725
Population Density2 1,498
Diversity Index3 38


Median Household Income $29,725
Average Household Income $43,346
Per Capita Income $17,253


Total Housing Units 39,600 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 15,733 (39.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 13,699 (34.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 10,168 (25.7%)
Median Home Value $75,980
Average Home Value $101,284


Total Households 29,432
Average Household Size 2.51
Family Households 18,083
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 -0.87% -0.63%
Households -0.77% -0.58%
Families -1.03% -0.77%
Median Household Income   3.56%
Per Capita Income   3.38%

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, 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 # 10 99th
Population Density # 280 59th
Diversity Index # 73 89th
Median Household Income # 677 1st
Per Capita Income # 666 2nd

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