QUICK FACTS

  • Approximately 32 miles southeast of downtown Chicago

  • Gary is adjacent to the Indiana Dunes National Park and borders southern Lake Michigan

  • Gary resides in Lake County, Indiana

  • Land mass comparison, the city of Gary is slightly larger than the city of San Francisco

  • SF’s population is approximately 880,000

  • Gary’s population is approximately 70,000 (175,000 pop in 1970)

  • There are 11 community neighborhoods

  • In 1968, Mayor Richard Hatcher became one of two elected African-American Mayors of cities over 100,000 people

  • In 2011, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson became the city’s first female Mayor

  • 11.8 miles of lakefront with 8.3 miles industrial and 3.5 miles of public access

  • 3,650 acres of wetlands and 14.3 miles of existing and planned trails

  • Approximately 20+ Historic Places on the National Register


HISTORY

  • Incorporated in 1906 and named after lawyer Elbert Henry Gary, who was the founding chairman of the United States Steel Corporation

  • Gary is known for its large steel mills, and as the birthplace of the Jackson 5


DEMOGRAPHICS

  • 1960> 179,000 pop, 1970> 175,000, 1990> 119,000 pop, 2010> 80,000 pop.

  • 12% White | 81% Black | 6% Latino | <1% Asian | 1% Other/2 or More Races

  • Adults With A College Degree: 13% Gary, 21% Lake County, 25% Indiana,

  • 13,236 K-12 Enrollment

  • 29,656 Jobs in Gary

  • $28,895 Gary Median Household Income

  • $50,905 Lake County Household Income

  • Household income has fallen -26% since 1999

  • 42,458 total housing units, 31,205 occupied, 27% vacancy rate

  • 456 demolitions since 2015

  • 23% living without health insurance, 14% Lake County, 13% Indiana