Gary, Indiana Population 2024

66,942

Gary is a city located in Lake County and Porter County Indiana. Gary has a 2024 population of 66,942. Gary is currently declining at a rate of -0.76% annually and its population has decreased by -2.99% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 69,002 in 2020.

The average household income in Gary is $50,016 with a poverty rate of 32.19%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Gary is 36.9 years, 35.3 years for males, and 38.4 years for females.

Gary Demographics

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

  • Black or African American: 77.56%
  • White: 13.08%
  • Two or more races: 6.39%
  • Other race: 2.59%
  • Asian: 0.26%
  • Native American: 0.11%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.01%
State
Indiana
Land Area (mi²)
49.9 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,340.70/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-2.99% (-2,060)
The current population of Gary, Indiana is 66,942 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 69,002.

Gary, Indiana Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
Black or African American53,62377.56%
White9,04113.08%
Two or more races4,4196.39%
Other race1,7902.59%
Asian1820.26%
Native American770.11%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander40.01%

Black or African American

White

Two or more races

Other race

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Gary Population by Race

Gary Population Pyramid 2024

Gary Median Age

36.9

Total

35.3

Male

38.4

Female

Gary Adults

There are 50,064 adults, (12,788 of whom are seniors) in Gary.

Gary Age Dependency

85.5

Age Dependency Ratio

34.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

51.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Gary Sex Ratio

Female36,93053.42%
Male32,20646.58%

Gary Population by Age

Gary Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All27,6122.4848.351.7
Non Family11,7681.1651.148.9
Female8,1853.6231.968.1
Married5,6613.3570.229.8
Male1,9983.136.463.6

3.34

Average Family Size

2.48

Average Household Size

48.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Gary Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,8274.13%
9th to 12th Grade4,3599.84%
High School Graduate17,01638.42%
Some College10,86024.52%
Associates Degree3,8568.71%
Bachelors Degree3,8618.72%
Graduate Degree2,5055.66%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Gary Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Gary Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
Black33,96229,5154,445
White5,5014,8181,108
Hispanic3,7202,799472
2+ Races2,2031,856325
Other Race1,127616137
Asian13012879
Native American75352
Islander400

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 98.46%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 60.77%.

Gary Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$32,934$36,549$29,353
Less Than 9th Grade$23,005$29,208$14,696
High School Graduate$32,661$37,485$27,288
Some College$31,357$33,726$29,078
Bachelors Degree$39,509$47,250$37,439
Graduate Degree$48,864$61,094$46,940

$32,934

Average Earnings

$36,549

Average Male

$29,353

Average Female

Gary Earnings by Educational Attainment

Gary Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Gary Language

95.38% of Gary residents speak only English, while 4.62% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 3.75% of the population.

Gary Language

Gary Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Black53,35317,28632.4%
Hispanic6,3792,26235.46%
White6,4901,70926.33%
Multiple4,2901,49634.87%
Other1,77857032.06%
Native774457.14%
Asian1824223.08%

32.19%

Overall Poverty Rate

29.99%

Male Poverty Rate

34.1%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Gary

The race most likely to be in poverty in Gary is Native, with 57.14% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Gary is Asian, with 23.08% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.8%. Among those working part-time, it was 27.52%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 35.44%.

Gary Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade35.51%
High School27.33%
Some College20.29%
Bachelors or Greater10.01%

Gary Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed39.57%
Male Unemployed30.3%
Female Employed17.57%
Male Employed9.2%

Gary Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Gary Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Households$36,874$50,016
Families$41,355$56,475
Married Families$72,757$-999,999,999
Non Families$28,218$38,341

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Gary Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

24.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

27.2%

Male Marriage Rate

21.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Gary Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Gary Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Gary Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Gary Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

3,804

Number of Veterans

3,415

Male Veterans

389

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam1,418
First Gulf War580
Second Gulf War442
Korea198
World War II61

Gary Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
65 to 741,165
75+900
55 to 64790
35 to 54775
18 to 34174

Gary Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
Black3,1968.31%
White4856.6%
Hispanic1132.6%
2+ Races903.35%
Other Race251.88%
Native American810.67%

Gary Veterans by Race

Gary Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

11.49%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.3%

Veteran Disability Rate

Gary Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

51%

Labor Force Participation

44.1%

Employment Rate

13.5%

Unemployment Rate

Gary Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Gary Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Gary 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

59.1%

Born in Gary

98.11%

Native Born

1.89%

Foreign Born

1.26%

Non Citizen

0.63%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

98.11% of Gary residents were born in the United States, with 59.1% having been born in Indiana. 1.26% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Gary Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202964,367-515-0.79%
202864,882-515-0.79%
202765,397-515-0.78%
202665,912-515-0.78%
202566,427-515-0.77%
202466,942-515-0.76%
202367,457-515-0.76%
202267,972-557-0.81%
202168,529-473-0.69%
202069,002-5,989-7.99%
201974,991-294-0.39%
201875,285-526-0.69%
201775,811-680-0.89%
201676,491-682-0.88%
201577,173-848-1.09%
201478,021-526-0.67%
201378,547-598-0.76%
201279,145-514-0.65%
201179,659-500-0.62%
201080,159-22,587-21.98%
2000102,746-13,900-11.92%
1990116,646-35,322-23.24%
1980151,968-23,447-13.37%
1970175,415-2,905-1.63%
1960178,32044,40933.16%
1950133,91122,19219.86%
1940111,71911,29311.25%
1930100,42645,04881.35%
192055,37838,576229.59%
191016,80200%
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Gary Population by Year