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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population28,961
Male Share of the Population47.1%
Female Share of the Population52.9%
Senior Citizens12.3%
Employed Population 16+9,195
Age of the Population31

Families

% of people married31.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher8.2%
Median Earnings25+$23,885
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,325
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,413

Wealth

Median Family Income$31,291
% Above Poverty Level64.7%
% Below Poverty Level35.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home0.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.7%
% Using Public Transportation3.1%

Housing

People Living Alone31.1%
Median Gross Rent$651
Median House Value$75,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)81.3%
Polish2.2%
German1.6%
Irish0.9%
French Except Basque0.5%
Serbian0.4%
English0.4%
Italian0.3%
Scottish0.3%
African0.3%
Arab0.3%
Russian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Swedish0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
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East Chicago Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lake County
Standard Zip Codes46312
Phone Area Codes219
Time ZoneAmerica/Indiana/Indianapolis
Approximate Latitude41.64
Approximate Longitude-87.45

East Chicago Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationHOBART 2 WNW
Distance10.8 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip38 inches
StationOGDEN DUNES
Distance14.1 miles
Jan Temp16 to 32 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp44 to 65 F
Annual Precip36.3 inches
StationPARK FOREST
Distance15.3 miles
Jan Temp15 to 29 F
Apr Temp39 to 58 F
Jul Temp65 to 84 F
Oct Temp43 to 63 F
Annual Precip38.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Gary77,858$35,364
Griffith16,583$65,801
Hammond78,349$47,097
Munster23,103$85,880
Whiting4,870$63,125

East Chicago Public Libraries

East Chicago Public Library
2401 EAST COLUMBUS DRIVE
East Chicago, Indiana
(219) 397-2453

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East Chicago Hospitals

Regency Hospital Of Northwest Indiana
(Proprietary)
4321 Fir St 4th Fl
(219) 392-7790
St Catherine Hospital Inc
(Non-profit)
4321 Fir St
(219) 392-7004

East Chicago Public Schools

Abraham Lincoln Elementary Sch
2001 E 135th St
ZIP: 46312
(219) 391-4096
Primary
Total Enrollment 480
Benjamin Franklin Elem School
2400 Cardinal Dr
ZIP: 46312
(219) 391-4077
Benjamin Harrison Elementary Sch
4411 Magoun
ZIP: 46312
(219) 391-4192
Primary
Total Enrollment 551
Carrie Gosch Elementary School
455 E 148th St
ZIP: 46312
(219) 391-4172
Primary
Total Enrollment 462
East Chicago Central High Sch
1100 W Columbus Dr
ZIP: 46312
(219) 391-4000
High
Total Enrollment 1176
East Chicago Lighthouse
3916 Pulaski
ZIP: 46312
(219) 378-7450
Primary
Total Enrollment 433
East Chicago Urban Enterprise Acad
1402 E Chicago Ave
ZIP: 46312
(219) 392-3650
Primary
Total Enrollment 427
George Washington Elem School
2400 Cardinal Drive
ZIP: 46312
(219) 391-4169
Primary
Total Enrollment 656
Joseph Block Middle School
2700 Cardinal Dr
ZIP: 46312
(219) 391-4084
Middle
Total Enrollment 473
West Side Middle School
4001 Indianapolis Blvd
ZIP: 46312
(219) 391-4068
Middle
Total Enrollment 523
William Mckinley Elementary Sch
4825 Magoun Ave
ZIP: 46312
(219) 391-4186
Primary
Total Enrollment 667

East Chicago Private Schools

St Stanislaus School
4930 Indianapolis Blvd
ZIP: 46312
Elementary
Total Enrollment 244
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