East Chicago, Indiana Population 2020

27,408

East Chicago is a city located in Indiana. With a 2020 population of 27,408, it is the 38th largest city in Indiana and the 1392nd largest city in the United States. East Chicago is currently declining at a rate of -0.94% annually and its population has decreased by -7.71% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 29,698 in 2010. East Chicago reached it's highest population of 57,669 in 1960. Spanning over 16 miles, East Chicago has a population density of 1,945 people per square mile.

The average household income in East Chicago is $43,339 with a poverty rate of 32.46%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $687 per month, and the median house value is $73,900. The median age in East Chicago is 33.6 years, 32.5 years for males, and 34.8 years for females. For every 100 females there are 89.5 males.

East Chicago Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of East Chicago was:

  • Other race: 36.78%
  • Black or African American: 36.30%
  • White: 24.08%
  • Two or more races: 2.56%
  • Native American: 0.21%
  • Asian: 0.05%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.01%
The current population of East Chicago, Indiana is 27,408, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 27,930.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 29,698.

East Chicago, Indiana Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Some Other Race10,46336.78%
Black or African American10,32836.30%
White6,85024.08%
Two or More Races7282.56%
American Indian and Alaska Native610.21%
Asian140.05%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander40.01%

East Chicago Population Pyramid 2020

East Chicago Median Age

33.6


Total

32.5


Male

34.8


Female

East Chicago Adults

There are 20,406 adults, (3,793 of whom are seniors) in East Chicago.

East Chicago Age Dependency

71.2

Age Dependency Ratio

22.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

48.4

Child Dependency Ratio

East Chicago Sex Ratio

Female

15,013

52.77%

Male

13,435

47.23%

East Chicago Households and Families

East Chicago Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

East Chicago Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married65.8%34.2%
Male45.9%54.1%
All45.5%54.5%
Non Family39.9%60.1%
Female28.1%71.9%

45.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All10,1602.7945.5
Non Family3,3431.0939.9
Married3,2843.7565.8
Female2,7623.5828.1
Male7713.2145.9

3.52

Average Family Size

2.79

Average Household Size

5.5%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

East Chicago Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,51614.33%
9th to 12th Grade2,62914.97%
High School Graduate6,26935.70%
Some College3,43419.55%
Associates Degree1,1226.39%
Bachelors Degree1,1306.43%
Graduate Degree4622.63%

East Chicago Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic10,2436,526779
Other Race6,1903,982404
Black5,8144,720610
White1,4481,119199
Multiple Races39129683
Native American6126
Islander444

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$27,000$30,227$24,949
Less Than High School$25,950$26,739$23,523
High School Grad$27,382$32,679$22,064
Some College$26,863$31,571$24,583
Bachelors Degree$22,367$22,183$27,556
Graduate Degree$51,042$38,611$52,806

$27,000

Average Earnings

$30,227

Average Male

$24,949

Average Female

East Chicago Language

East Chicago Language by Age

East Chicago Language

57.18% of East Chicago residents speak only English, while 42.82% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 42.26% of the population.

East Chicago Poverty

East Chicago Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic16,4204,51227.48%
Black10,2794,43043.10%
Other10,4533,30731.64%
Multiple72724033.01%
White1,60218011.24%
Asian1414100.00%

32.46%

Overall Poverty Rate

27.89%

Male Poverty Rate

36.53%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in East Chicago

The race most likely to be in poverty in East Chicago is Asian, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in East Chicago is White, with 11.24% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 8.94%. Among those working part-time, it was 28.86%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 33.21%.

Name Poverty
High School24.80%
Less Than High School24.06%
Some College19.77%
Bachelors or Greater10.43%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed65.12%
Male Unemployed30.88%
Female Employed17.89%
Male Employed11.92%

East Chicago Income

East Chicago Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$31,907$43,339
Families$37,234$49,288
Married Families$52,033$63,037
Non Families$20,494$27,330

East Chicago Marital Status

East Chicago Marital Status

Marriage Rates

35.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

38.5%

Male Marriage Rate

32.3%

Female Marriage Rate

East Chicago Married by Age and Sex

East Chicago Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

East Chicago Marital Status by Race

East Chicago Veterans

860

Number of Veterans

792

Male Veterans

68

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam240
Second Gulf War140
Korea130
First Gulf War83
World War II74
Age Group Veterans
75+328
65 to 74190
55 to 64149
35 to 54114
18 to 3479
Name Veterans % of Total
Hispanic3913.26%
Black3435.08%
White3205.62%
Other1542.07%
Indian3557.38%
2 or More81.72%

$East Chicago Veterans by Education

7.26%

Veteran Poverty Rate

39.29%

Veteran Disability Rate

East Chicago Employment Status

54.5%

Labor Force Participation

47.7%

Employment Rate

12.3%

Unemployment Rate

East Chicago Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

52.79%

Born in Indiana

83.67%

Native Born

16.33%

Foreign Born

8.48%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

83.67% of East Chicago residents were born in the United States, with 52.79% having been born in Indiana. 8.48% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202027,408-261-0.94%
201927,669-261-0.93%
201827,930-238-0.84%
201728,168-261-0.92%
201628,429-261-0.91%
201528,690-329-1.13%
201429,019-206-0.70%
201329,225-226-0.77%
201229,451-71-0.24%
201129,522-172-0.58%
201029,694-2,720-0.87%
200032,414-1,478-0.44%
199033,892-5,894-1.59%
198039,786-7,196-1.65%
197046,982-10,687-2.03%
196057,6693,4060.61%
195054,263-374-0.07%
194054,637-147-0.03%
193054,78418,8174.30%
192035,96716,8696.53%
191019,09815,68718.80%
19003,4110.00%