East Chicago, IN
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East Chicago is a medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 28,418 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, East Chicago is the 32nd largest community in Indiana. East Chicago has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities, East Chicago isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in East Chicago are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, East Chicago is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in East Chicago who work in office and administrative support (11.65%), food service (9.74%), and maintenance occupations (9.37%).

The citizens of East Chicago have a very low rate of college education: just 8.23% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, compared to a national average of 21.84% for all cities.

The per capita income in East Chicago in 2010 was $14,363, which is low income relative to Indiana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $57,452 for a family of four. East Chicago also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.31% of its population below the federal poverty line.

East Chicago is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call East Chicago home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in East Chicago, accounting for 53.93% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of East Chicago residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in East Chicago include German, Irish, French , and English.

In addition, East Chicago has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (15.76%).

The most common language spoken in East Chicago is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.