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  1. Public Schools
    D
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    C-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
East Chicago is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 28,728. East Chicago is in Lake County. Living in East Chicago offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In East Chicago there are a lot of bars and parks. Many families live in East Chicago and residents tend to be liberal.
About East Chicago...
Population
28,728

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$73,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$673
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    56%
  • Own
    44%
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East Chicago Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    283.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    14.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    31.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    336.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    584.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,499.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    372.2
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    18%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    3%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    6%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    36%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    28%
    13%

Working in East Chicago

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$30,205
National
$55,322

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East Chicago Reviews

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East Chicago isn't the warmest place to live, and nor is it the easiest. My mother and I have found peace within a worn down apartment, but we make the most out of it. The soil is hard, but our community is strong enough to work it despite the odds. We're small, but our hearts cannot be compared to any other's. We have a bond with one another that is second to none. Not too many people know about East Chicago, but I'm proud to reside here. It's no New York or California, but it wouldn't be the same if it was!
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East Chicago is my hometown. I am grateful for the good education I have received in East Chicago. I am fortunate to live in the best area of the city: Prairie Park. I attend a beautiful church with up-t0-date technology in the heart of the Harbor Section of the city. My personal experience with East Chicago is actually pretty good.

Unfortunately, I can only give my beloved town 3 stars. The reason for my rating is the high crime rate in the city overall. Instead of social clubs and community teams being on the rise, young people are all-too-often attracted to gangs and/or drugs. Technology has also blessed the few, while limiting opportunities in labor jobs, once plentifully available available in local steel mills, which are now obsolete. Driving out many middle-class residents and local businesses with them.

East Chicago has potential but needs lots of work!
The mayor is doing a great job to improve the city but there's still tons of work that needs to be done. There is little to no public transportation, the schools are poor or private, and there is very little work available that is not retail. In fact, the entire northeast side of the city looks dead and deserted. The west side of the city is mostly working-class families but there is little offered. Most activities take place in Hammond, the neighboring city.