East Chicago, IN
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East Chicago is a medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 28,699 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, East Chicago is the 32nd largest community in Indiana. East Chicago has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

East Chicago is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (11.99%), food service (10.35%), and sales jobs (10.23%).

The population of East Chicago has a very low overall level of education: only 7.96% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.

The per capita income in East Chicago in 2010 was $14,154, which is low income relative to Indiana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $56,616 for a family of four. East Chicago also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.88% 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 50.09% 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 Irish, German, Russian, and English.

East Chicago also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.37%.

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