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Gary, Indiana
Chicago, Illinois
USA
PEOPLE COMPARISON HIGHLIGHTS
Gary is 673% less densely populated than Chicago.
People are 5% less likely to be married in Chicago.
The Median Age is 4.5 years older in Gary.

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PEOPLE
 Gary, INChicago, ILUnited States
 Population77,1562,720,546321,418,820
 Population - 201084,4072,703,466308,745,538
 Population - 2000102,7462,896,016285,036,114
 Population - 1990116,6462,783,726251,960,433
 Pop. 1990 to Now-33.86%-2.27%27.57%
 Pop. 2000 to Now-24.91%-6.06%12.76%
 Pop. Density1,54711,95091
 Land Area502283,531,905
 Water Area76264,837
 Median Age37.933.437.4
 Female Population54.71%51.52%50.81%
 Male Population45.29%48.49%49.19%
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 EST. TOTAL POPULATION BY AGE
 Gary, INChicago, ILUnited States
 Age 0 to 47.63%6.84%6.36%
 Age 5 to 98.11%6.07%6.51%
 Age 10 to 146.93%5.94%6.59%
 Age 15 to 174.69%3.62%4.03%
 Age 18 to 203.97%4.26%4.35%
 Age 21 to 244.83%6.63%5.61%
 Age 25 to 3410.80%19.14%13.47%
 Age 35 to 4410.92%14.08%12.97%
 Age 45 to 5413.06%12.41%14.09%
 Age 55 to 597.45%5.58%6.57%
 Age 60 to 646.36%4.70%5.72%
 Age 65 to 748.22%5.93%7.64%
 Age 75 to 844.94%3.32%4.26%
 Age 85 and over2.09%1.46%1.85%
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 RACE
 Gary, INChicago, ILUnited States
 White10.59%32.17%62.77%
 Black82.07%31.45%12.24%
 Asian0.40%5.69%4.95%
 Native American0.22%0.13%0.66%
 Hawaiian, Pacific Islander0.13%0.02%0.16%
 Other0.14%0.16%0.20%
 Two or More Races0.91%1.45%2.13%
 Hispanic5.54%28.95%16.90%
 Non-Hispanic94.46%71.05%83.10%
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 FAMILY
 Gary, INChicago, ILUnited States
 Households30,7461,028,830116,211,000
 Family Households18,717564,53976,958,100
 Non Family Households12,029464,29039,253,000
 Household Size2.552.582.63
 Married Population32.01%37.26%50.58%
 Single Population67.99%62.74%49.42%
 Now Married28.41%34.70%48.41%
 Married but Separated3.59%2.56%2.17%
 Never Married43.99%48.58%32.55%
 Widowed9.35%5.48%5.95%
 Divorced14.66%8.69%10.92%
 Married, w/children14.54%27.78%31.68%
 Married, no children25.85%31.16%41.44%
 Single, w/children36.88%24.64%16.94%
 Single, no children22.73%16.42%9.95%
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 COMMENTS
Comments about Gary

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Comments about Chicago

weather: Winter is too long and too cold. Not as bad as Wisconsin (Milwaukee is usually about 5 degrees colder) - by a few degrees, or Michigan (Ann Arbor or Dexter) but in the... (read more)

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