East Chicago, Indiana Population 2024

25,500

East Chicago is a city located in Lake County Indiana. East Chicago has a 2024 population of 25,500. East Chicago is currently declining at a rate of -0.91% annually and its population has decreased by -3.19% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 26,340 in 2020.

The average household income in East Chicago is $55,347 with a poverty rate of 27%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in East Chicago is 36 years, 35.2 years for males, and 36.5 years for females.

East Chicago Demographics

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

  • Black or African American: 38.45%
  • Other race: 32.85%
  • White: 19.76%
  • Two or more races: 8.63%
  • Native American: 0.2%
  • Asian: 0.11%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.01%
State
Indiana
Land Area (mi²)
14.1 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,809.70/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-3.19% (-840)
The current population of East Chicago, Indiana is 25,500 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 26,340.

East Chicago, Indiana Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
Black or African American10,13638.45%
Other race8,66032.85%
White5,20919.76%
Two or more races2,2748.63%
Native American530.2%
Asian290.11%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander20.01%
showing: 7 rows

Black or African American

Other race

White

Two or more races

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

East Chicago Population by Race

East Chicago Population Pyramid 2024

East Chicago Median Age

36

Total

35.2

Male

36.5

Female

East Chicago Adults

There are 19,694 adults, (3,980 of whom are seniors) in East Chicago.

East Chicago Age Dependency

67.8

Age Dependency Ratio

25.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

42.4

Child Dependency Ratio

East Chicago Sex Ratio

Female13,36950.71%
Male12,99449.29%

East Chicago Population by Age

East Chicago Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All10,1472.5943.856.2
Non Family4,2961.2135.864.2
Married2,5203.8267.932.1
Female2,3923.4830.769.3
Male9393.264951
showing: 5 rows

3.47

Average Family Size

2.59

Average Household Size

43.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

East Chicago Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

East Chicago Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

East Chicago Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 100%.

East Chicago Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$35,406

Average Earnings

$40,438

Average Male

$31,014

Average Female

East Chicago Earnings by Educational Attainment

East Chicago Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

East Chicago Language

62.14% of East Chicago residents speak only English, while 37.86% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 37.39% of the population.

East Chicago Language

East Chicago Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Black10,1063,66836.3%
Hispanic14,4182,93520.36%
Other8,6402,06223.87%
White1,68644926.63%
Multiple2,27436416.01%
Asian2929100%
showing: 6 rows

27%

Overall Poverty Rate

22.84%

Male Poverty Rate

31.07%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in East Chicago

The race most likely to be in poverty in East Chicago is Asian, with 100% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in East Chicago is Multiple, with 16.01% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.42%. Among those working part-time, it was 26.36%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 37.44%.

East Chicago Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade27.68%
Some College22.82%
High School22.26%
Bachelors or Greater9.03%
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East Chicago Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed54.43%
Male Unemployed27.92%
Female Employed16.67%
Male Employed8.56%
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East Chicago Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

East Chicago Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

East Chicago Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

27.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

29.1%

Male Marriage Rate

26.8%

Female Marriage Rate

East Chicago Married by Age and Sex

male

female

East Chicago Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

East Chicago Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

East Chicago Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

673

Number of Veterans

641

Male Veterans

32

Female Veterans

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East Chicago Veterans by War

count

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East Chicago Veterans by Age

count

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East Chicago Veterans by Race

East Chicago Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

20.63%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.07%

Veteran Disability Rate

East Chicago Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

56%

Labor Force Participation

52.4%

Employment Rate

6.5%

Unemployment Rate

East Chicago Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

East Chicago Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

East Chicago Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

50.76%

Born in East Chicago

84.64%

Native Born

15.36%

Foreign Born

9.85%

Non Citizen

5.51%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

84.64% of East Chicago residents were born in the United States, with 50.76% having been born in Indiana. 9.85% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

East Chicago Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202924,330-234-0.95%
202824,564-234-0.94%
202724,798-234-0.93%
202625,032-234-0.93%
202525,266-234-0.92%
202425,500-234-0.91%
202325,734-234-0.9%
202225,968-234-0.89%
202126,202-138-0.52%
202026,340-1,523-5.47%
201927,863-105-0.38%
201827,968-207-0.73%
201728,175-268-0.94%
201628,443-263-0.92%
201528,706-325-1.12%
201429,031-205-0.7%
201329,236-221-0.75%
201229,457-74-0.25%
201129,531-164-0.55%
201029,695-2,719-8.39%
200032,414-1,478-4.36%
199033,892-5,894-14.81%
198039,786-7,196-15.32%
197046,982-10,687-18.53%
196057,6693,4066.28%
195054,263-374-0.68%
194054,637-147-0.27%
193054,78418,81752.32%
192035,96716,86988.33%
191019,09815,687459.89%
19003,411
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East Chicago Population by Year