Gary, IN

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Living in Gary

Gary is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 69,093 people and 34 constituent neighborhoods, Gary is the 11th largest community in Indiana.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Gary is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Gary is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Gary who work in office and administrative support (15.70%), sales jobs (8.19%), and food service (7.79%).

A lot of people in Gary take taxis for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Gary, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

The citizens of Gary are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 13.50% of adults in Gary have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Gary in 2018 was $19,100, which is low income relative to Indiana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $76,400 for a family of four. However, Gary contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Gary also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.15% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Gary is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Gary home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Gary residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Gary include German, Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Gary is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.