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Gary is a city in Lake County, in the Chicago metro area.
The community was named after Elbert H. Gary, lawyer and steel company official
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Indiana named Gary. For links to other places called Gary, IN, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Gary is 41.593N. The longitude is -87.346W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 600 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 99,961.
Local employment in the steel industry plummeted after the oil shortage of 1979, when the demand for large cars declined.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Gary 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 46402 ZIP code.
2% of Gary residents report German ancestry, and 2% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Gary ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Gary was $14,383, compared with $21,587 nationally.
10% of Gary residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Historic districts in Gary include West Fifth Avenue Apartments Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Gary, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $361. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $771.
Libraries in Gary include Black Oak Branch, Dubois Branch, Forty-First Avenue Branch, Gary Public Library, Kennedy Branch, Tolleston Branch, Wildermuth Branch ... View libraries
Newspapers in Gary include Post-Tribune
TV stations in Gary include WPWR, WYIN.
Lake County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Gary political report.
The average commute time for Gary workers is 26 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 36 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Gary between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 3.5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly lower than the national norm.
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