Introduction to East Chicago, Indiana

East Chicago, Indiana, in Lake county, is 4 miles NE of Hammond, Indiana and 18 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois. Part of the surrounding Gary metro area, East Chicago is home to some 32,414 residents.

East Chicago History

The City of East Chicago was officially incorporated in 1893. It was earlier known as the Twin City, with the Indiana Harbor section separated from the western section by a vast rail yard. This rail yard served as the gateway to Chicago and further west. During World War I, the city of East Chicago was known as the "Arsenal of America."

East Chicago and nearby Attractions

  • Midwest Carvers Museum
  • East Chicago Carnegie Public Library
  • East Chicago City Hall
  • East Chicago Marina
  • Deep River Waterpark
  • Sunnyside Park

Things To Do In East Chicago

Among the notable attractions near East Chicago are the Midwest Carvers Museum, the Robert S. Abbott House, the Mexican Fine Arts Center and Museum and the Oriental Institute Museum. The East Chicago Marina, located on beautiful Lake Michigan, hosts a number of boardwalk activities throughout the year. The Indiana Harbor Yacht Club is also in the marina and offers a range of recreational facilities for guests.

East Chicago Transportation

Air transportation is provided by the Gary/Chicago Airport.

East Chicago Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are offered by Purdue University-Calumet Campus, Indiana University-Northwest, the South Suburban College and Ivy Tech State College-Northwest.


Total Population 29,178
Male Share of the Population 46.2%
Female Share of the Population 53.8%
Senior Citizens 11.7%
Employed Population 16+ 9,141
Age of the Population 31


% of people married 31.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 8%
Median Earnings25+ $24,569
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,616
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,360


Median Family Income $29,384
% Above Poverty Level 64.1%
% Below Poverty Level 35.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.6%
% Using Public Transportation 3.7%


People Living Alone 29.7%
Median Gross Rent $663
Median House Value $77,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 80.2%
US/American 0%
English 0.4%
Irish 1.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

East Chicago Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles NE of Hammond, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 18 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 46312
Phone Area Codes 219
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.639
Longitude -87.454

East Chicago Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station HOBART 2 WNW
Distance 10.8 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38 inches
Distance 14.1 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 44 to 65 F
Annual Precip 36.3 inches
Distance 15.3 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 29 F
Apr Temp 39 to 58 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Gary 78,483 $32,887
Griffith 16,643 $68,240
Hammond 78,983 $45,506
Munster 23,250 $88,560

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

East Chicago Public Libraries

East Chicago Pl
East Chicago, Indiana
(219) 397-2453
Library Web Site

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East Chicago Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
4321 FIR ST
(219) 392-7004
Emergency Service: No

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

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