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. Much of the housing stock in East Chicago was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, East Chicago is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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%).
A lot of people in East Chicago take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in East Chicago, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
The population of East Chicago has a very low overall level of education: only 8.23% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.
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.