Gary, IN
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Gary is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 76,424 people and 34 constituent neighborhoods, Gary is the seventh largest community in Indiana.

Gary is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Gary is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Gary who work in office and administrative support (13.98%), sales jobs (9.24%), and food service (8.21%).

Many people in Gary take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Gary citizens for affordable transportation.

The percentage of people in Gary with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 12.66% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Gary in 2010 was $16,907, which is low income relative to Indiana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $67,628 for a family of four. Gary also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.90% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Gary is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Gary home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Gary residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Gary include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Gary is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.