East Chicago is a medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 28,215 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, 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 (11.25%), maintenance occupations (9.06%), and food service (8.88%).
In East Chicago, just 8.63% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.
The per capita income in East Chicago in 2010 was $15,159, which is low income relative to Indiana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $60,636 for a family of four. East Chicago also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.56% 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 57.04% 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 Polish, German, Irish, French, and African.
Foreign born people are also an important part of East Chicago's cultural character, accounting for 15.74% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in East Chicago is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.