Gary, IN


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Living in Gary

Gary is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 77,156 people and 34 constituent neighborhoods, Gary is the seventh largest community in Indiana.

Unlike some cities, Gary isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Gary are a mix 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 (13.13%), sales jobs (9.93%), and food service (7.52%).

A lot of people in Gary take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Gary, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

The percentage of adults in Gary with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 13.05% of adults in Gary have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Gary in 2010 was $15,983, which is low income relative to Indiana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $63,932 for a family of four. Gary also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 38.73% 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, African, and Polish.

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