East Chicago is a medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 27,930 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.
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 (11.19%), sales jobs (10.01%), and food service (7.74%).
The citizens of East Chicago have a very low rate of college education: just 9.07% 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 $16,510, which is low income relative to Indiana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $66,040 for a family of four. East Chicago also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.46% 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 57.86% 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 Italian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of East Chicago's cultural character, accounting for 16.33% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in East Chicago is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.