Gary reached it s highest population of 178 320 in 1960. Quickfacts provides statistics for all states and counties and for cities and towns with a population of 5 000 or more.
Jobs at gary works almost 50 years after the first layoffs in the 1970s are still being cut and about 36 percent of gary residents live in poverty.
Gary indiana population over time. Indiana s population projections 2010 to 2050 matt kinghorn. The 2010 census crystallized gary s decline. Censusviewer delivers detailed demographics and population statistics from the 2010 census 2000 census american community survey acs registered voter files commercial data sources and more.
Spanning over 57 miles gary has a population density of 1 487 people per square mile. From 2000 through last year s count gary lost 22 of its residents. Those were by far the biggest population spikes but further large increases had taken indiana s population to over 2 5 million by the beginning of the 20th century.
The city s unemployment rate in february was 9 8. Gary was the site of civil unrest in the steel strike of 1919 on october 4 1919 a riot broke out on broadway the main north south street through downtown. The median rental costs in recent years comes to 766 per month and the median house value is 67 400.
But the town is struggling to stay alive. At one time gary was indiana s second largest city. Gary is currently 58 0 smaller than it was in 1960.
Indiana population growth from this point growth slowed down to a great extent but it remained healthy and constant to the stage where 6 6 million people made up the population of indiana in 2016. Recently elected mayor karen freeman wilson is the city s first female mayor. In 1960 gary was the 70th largest city in the us.
The peak population of gary was in 1960 when its population was 178 320. As of 2018 about 75 000 people still live in gary indiana. Demographer indiana business research center kelley school of business indiana university between the years 2010 and 2050 indiana s population will increase 15 percent from 6 48 million to 7 48 million residents according to population projections released by the indiana business research center.
Gary indiana was founded in 1906 by the united states steel corporation as the home for its new plant gary works the city was named after lawyer elbert henry gary who was the founding chairman of the united states steel corporation. Now its fallen to the 478th largest city in the us. The population which peaked at 178 320 in 1960 is now 80 294.
The average household income in gary is 42 875 with a poverty rate of 33 52. Persons 65 years and over. The decline of the steel industry and population exodus starting in the mid to late 1960 s saw gary s population shrink to just over 80 000 residents as counted in the 2010 census.
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