Population, Race and Ethnicity
East Chicago is a city in Lake County, Indiana, with a population of 28,448. According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 5.90% of residents identify as white, 35.80% as Black or African American, 0.00% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.00% as Asian, 0.00% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 57.90% as Hispanic or Latino, and 0.40% as some other race or combination of races.
Native and foreign-born population
An estimated 83.70% of East Chicago residents are native-born, meaning they were born in the United States, Puerto Rico, a U.S. Island Area, or abroad to a U.S. citizen. Of the 16.30% of the population that is foreign-born, 48.10% have become naturalized U.S. citizens. Nationwide, 86.5% of Americans are native-born. And of the 13.5% of Americans who are foreign-born, 48.5% have become naturalized U.S. citizens.
The population of East Chicago is younger than the United States as a whole. The median age is 33.6 years, 4.3 years less than the national median age of 37.9 years. An estimated 13.30% of the population is 65 years and over, compared to 15.2% of the U.S. population.
Family and household composition
Family and household composition also varies heavily across the United States. In East Chicago, 32.30% of households are occupied by married-couple families, compared to the 48.3% national figure. Some 7.60% of households are occupied by single male householders, 27.20% by single female householders, and 32.90% by non-family occupants. Nationwide, 4.9% of households are occupied by single male householders, 12.6% by single female householders, and 34.3% by non-family occupants. An estimated 45.50% of heads of household own their homes, compared to the national homeownership rate of 63.8%.
English is by far the most commonly spoken language in Indiana and across the U.S. as a whole. Similarly, in East Chicago, 82.3% of local residents aged 5 and up speak English exclusively, or, if they are multilingual, speak English very well. For context, 96.8% of the 5 and older population across Indiana only speaks English, or speak it very well, and 91.5% of the same age group nationwide do.
Residents of East Chicago are less likely than the typical American to be married. Of all local residents aged 15 and older, 35.2% are currently married, compared to 48.1% of Americans nationwide in the same age group. Across Indiana as a whole, 49.1% of residents 15 and older are married.
Divorce is slightly more common in East Chicago than it is across the U.S. as a whole. According to Census estimates, 11.3% of residents 15 and older are divorced — compared to 10.8% of the U.S. population in the same age group. In Indiana, 12.5% of the 15 and older population is divorced.
An estimated 44.8% of East Chicago residents 15 and older have never married, compared to one-third of all Americans in the same age group.
In East Chicago, 4.2% of the 18 and older civilian population are veterans — compared to 7.5% of adult civilians nationwide and 7.7% of the civilian population in all of Indiana.
In East Chicago, adults are less likely to have a high school education than the typical American adult, and are less likely to have a four-year college education. Among East Chicago residents 25 and older, 70.70% have a high school diploma or equivalent, and 9.10% have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 87.7% and 31.5% of adults nationwide, respectively. Across Indiana, 88.6% of adults have graduated high school, and 25.9 have a bachelor’s degree.
The typical household in East Chicago earns $31,907 a year, about $28,400 less than the national median of $60,293 and $22,400 less than the median household income across the state of $54,325.
Serious financial hardship is more common in East Chicago than it is nationwide. The local poverty rate stands at 32.50%, while the national poverty rate is 14.1%. Across the state as a whole, 14.1% of the population lives below the poverty line.
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