Gary 57 Poor
Gary Livability #627 ranked city in Indiana#24,907 ranked city in the USARanks better than 14% of areas
A- Gary Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B- Gary Cost of Living Cost of living is equal to Indiana
9010% less expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Gary cost of living
F Gary Crime Total crime is 60% higher than Indiana
Total crime
4,10659% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2559% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
2%Year over year crime is up
Gary crime
F Gary Employment Household income is 43% lower than Indiana
Median household income
$28,89548% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$16,90743% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
9%86% higher than the US average
Gary employment
F Gary Housing Home value is 48% lower than Indiana
Median home value
$65,40065% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$73123% lower than the US average
Home ownership
51%20% lower than the US average
Gary real estate or Gary rentals
F Gary Schools HS graduation rate is 4% lower than Indiana
High school grad. rates
80%4% lower than the US average
School test scores
42%15% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
18:113% higher than the US average
Gary K-12 schools
F Gary User Ratings There are a total of 15 ratings in Gary
Overall user rating
48% 15 total ratings
User reviews rating
35% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
53% 13 total surveys
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      Living in Gary, IN

      Gary is a moderately-sized city located in the state of Indiana. The city has a population of 77,858 people. With a total of 81%, the Black or African American racial group makes up the majority of the population in Gary. The next most represented races are 14% White and 0% Asian. Gary is not known to have a high population (over 15 years old) of married people. At only 42% married, this city falls well below the national average.

      Without the right tools, moving to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Gary, Indiana could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. The best areas in Gary and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, cost of living, education, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Indiana and national averages.

      Gary, IN receives 56/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #638 in Indiana and #26,426 in the USA. This is a lower than the US average livability score as Gary does not rank well for most categories. This city has also earned the dubious distinction of of being ranked among the bottom 10 percent of all US cities. There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Gary scores well for amenities (A-) and cost of living (B-). On a more negative note, Gary does not have favorable scores for the following: crime (F), weather (D), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Gary on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Gary: Majestic Star Casino, Gary Aquatorium, and Michael Jackson Family Home.

      Gary real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Gary. Median real estate prices in Gary come in at $65,400, which is 48.3% lower than the Indiana average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Gary, the home price to income ratio is 2.3, which is 8% lower than the Indiana average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Gary area were 10.8% and 5 year appreciation rates were -0.1%.

      Gary transportation information

      Average one way commute26min23min26min
      Workers who drive to work78.7%83.0%76.4%
      Workers who carpool10.6%8.9%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit4.9%1.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.1%0.5%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.3%2.1%2.8%
      Working from home2.1%3.5%4.6%

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      Source: The Gary, IN data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).