East Chicago, Indiana Population 2021

27,577
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East Chicago is a city located in Lake County Indiana. With a 2020 population of 27,577, it is the 38th largest city in Indiana and the 1396th largest city in the United States . East Chicago is currently declining at a rate of -0.43% annually and its population has decreased by -7.14% 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 1,957 people per square mile.

The average household income in East Chicago is $45,542 with a poverty rate of 32.35%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $686 per month, and the median house value is $74,500. The median age in East Chicago is 33.8 years, 32.6 years for males, and 35 years for females.

East Chicago Demographics

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

  • Other race: 37.35%
  • Black or African American: 35.52%
  • White: 23.86%
  • Two or more races: 3.08%
  • Asian: 0.09%
  • Native American: 0.08%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
The current population of East Chicago, Indiana is 27,577 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 27,937.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 29,698.

East Chicago, Indiana Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Some Other Race10,53437.35%
Black or African American10,01735.52%
White6,72823.86%
Two or More Races8693.08%
Asian250.09%
American Indian and Alaska Native230.08%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander50.02%
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East Chicago Population by Race

East Chicago Population Pyramid $2021

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East Chicago Median Age

33.8


Total

32.6


Male

35


Female

East Chicago Adults

There are 20,198 adults, (3,983 of whom are seniors) in East Chicago.

East Chicago Age Dependency

73.9

Age Dependency Ratio

24.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

49.4

Child Dependency Ratio

East Chicago Sex Ratio

Female

14,722

52.20%

Male

13,479

47.80%

East Chicago Population by Age

East Chicago Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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East Chicago Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married66.4%33.6%
All46.2%53.8%
Non Family40.9%59.1%
Male38%62%
Female30.5%69.5%

46.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

East Chicago Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All10,3652.7146.2
Non Family3,6261.1240.9
Married3,3173.7166.4
Female2,6023.530.5
Male8203.238

3.46

Average Family Size

2.71

Average Household Size

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East Chicago Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,45013.79%
9th to 12th Grade2,43513.71%
High School Graduate6,65137.44%
Some College3,34718.84%
Associates Degree1,2617.10%
Bachelors Degree1,0766.06%
Graduate Degree5443.06%
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East Chicago Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

East Chicago Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic10,4657,008762
Other Race6,6454,476398
Black5,6314,468665
White1,6061,334188
2+ Races45735888
Native American1313
Asian99
Islander555

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

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

East Chicago Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$28,648$31,939$26,405
Less Than 9th Grade$26,507$26,926$22,135
High School Graduate$30,071$34,178$26,190
Some College$27,577$32,147$24,482
Bachelors Degree$30,977$35,300$28,852
Graduate Degree$41,793$34,583$48,516

$28,648

Average Earnings

$31,939

Average Male

$26,405

Average Female

East Chicago Earnings by Educational Attainment

East Chicago Language by Age

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East Chicago Language

58.26% of East Chicago residents speak only English, while 41.74% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 40.99% of the population.

East Chicago Language

East Chicago Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic16,2504,56828.11%
Black9,9774,07940.88%
Other10,5253,33531.69%
White1,78435319.79%
Multiple86830935.60%
Asian2525100.00%

32.35%

Overall Poverty Rate

28.54%

Male Poverty Rate

35.84%

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 19.79% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 9.13%. Among those working part-time, it was 27.55%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 34.87%.

East Chicago Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade25.13%
High School22.76%
Some College20.73%
Bachelors or Greater10.99%

East Chicago Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed65.83%
Male Unemployed39.38%
Female Employed17.00%
Male Employed12.47%

East Chicago Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

East Chicago Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$32,839$45,542
Families$38,074$52,236
Married Families$53,065-
Non Families$22,870$28,918
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Income by Household Type

East Chicago Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

34.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

37.2%

Male Marriage Rate

32.4%

Female Marriage Rate

East Chicago Married by Age and Sex

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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

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East Chicago Marital Status

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778

Number of Veterans

711

Male Veterans

67

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam224
Second Gulf War125
Korea100
First Gulf War91
World War II24

East Chicago Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+277
65 to 74197
35 to 54140
55 to 64101
18 to 3463

East Chicago Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
Hispanic3793.20%
Black2894.42%
White2674.85%
Other Race2082.75%
2+ Races142.52%

East Chicago Veterans by Race

East Chicago Veterans by Education

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12.45%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.23%

Veteran Disability Rate

East Chicago Veterans by Education

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52.9%

Labor Force Participation

48.1%

Employment Rate

9.1%

Unemployment Rate

East Chicago Employment by Age

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East Chicago Employment by Race

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East Chicago Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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56.13%

Born in East Chicago

85.08%

Native Born

14.92%

Foreign Born

7.65%

Non Citizen

7.28%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

85.08% of East Chicago residents were born in the United States, with 56.13% having been born in Indiana. 7.65% 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

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202127,577-120-0.43%
202027,697-120-0.43%
201927,817-120-0.43%
201827,937-221-0.78%
201728,158-265-0.93%
201628,423-263-0.92%
201528,686-331-1.14%
201429,017-208-0.71%
201329,225-225-0.76%
201229,450-74-0.25%
201129,524-170-0.57%
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%

East Chicago Population by Year