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East Chicago is a city in Lake County, in the Chicago metro area.
The latitude of East Chicago is 41.639N. The longitude is -87.454W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 591 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 31,366.
Steel making began in 1901, when Block Brothers built a small steel mill. The local economy has faltered recently with the decline of the steel industry.
Sections below provide additional information and links about East Chicago demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Lake County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Gary area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 46320 ZIP code.
2% of East Chicago residents report German ancestry, and 1% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the East Chicago ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in East Chicago was $13,517, compared with $21,587 nationally.
7% of East Chicago residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Historic districts in East Chicago include Marktown Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in East Chicago, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $337. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $689.
Libraries in East Chicago include Bessie Owens Community Center Library, East Chicago Public Library, Heritage Hall, Martin Luther King Community Center Library, Pennsylvania Center Library, Robert A Pastrick Library, Roberto Clemente Center, Saint Catherine Hospital, West Calumet Central Library ... View libraries
Lake County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our East Chicago political report.
The average commute time for East Chicago workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 14 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in East Chicago between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 4.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly higher than the national norm.
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