Gary, IN
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Gary is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 75,282 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 (13.90%), sales jobs (8.52%), and food service (8.05%).

Gary has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Gary has quite a high level of public transit users. Gary’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Gary rank slightly lower than the national average. 13.19% 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 2010 was $18,466, which is low income relative to Indiana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $73,864 for a family of four. Gary also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.52% 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, English, and African.

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