Gary is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 74,879 people and 34 constituent neighborhoods, Gary is the seventh largest community in Indiana.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Gary is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (14.45%), food service (8.41%), and sales jobs (8.14%).
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 taxis to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Gary citizens for affordable transportation.
In terms of college education, the citizens of Gary rank slightly lower than the national average. 13.86% of adults 25 and older in Gary have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.
The per capita income in Gary in 2018 was $19,448, which is low income relative to Indiana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $77,792 for a family of four. However, Gary contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Gary also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.61% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Gary is a very 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 German, Irish, Polish, Italian, and African.
The most common language spoken in Gary is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.