Gary, Indiana

Gary: The most populous city in Lake County, Indiana. It is located on the south shore of Lake Michigan in northwestern Indiana. Gary is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the Gary Historical Society and the Gary Civic Center.


Gary is a city located in the county of Lake in the U.S. state of Indiana. Its population at the 2010 census was 80,294 and a population density of 542 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 74,693 inhabitants.

The city was created 118 years ago in 1905.

Gary locator map
Location of Gary on Indiana map.

Quick Facts about Gary

Population : 74,693 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Indiana (United States)
County : Lake County
Twitter username : TeamGaryIndiana
Postal code : 46401–46411
Phone Area Codes : 219
Area : 148.17 km2
Official name : Gary
Altitude : 591 feet / 180 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1906 (118 years ago)
Time Zone : Central Time Zone
Local time : 15:56:29 (24th February 2024)
Density : 504 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : -7.5% (2010-2020)
Genesis Towers %26 Gary State Bank image
Genesis Towers %26 Gary State Bank
Genesis Towers %26 Gary State Bank image


Gary is located at 41°35'36"N 87°20'47"W (41.5933700, -87.3464300).

Gary map


According to census records, the population of Gary decreased by 7.5% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
1910 15,802 - Istat
2010 80,294 80.32% census
2011 79,645 -0.81% estimation process
2012 79,128 -0.65% estimation process
2013 78,518 -0.78% estimation process
2014 77,985 -0.68% estimation process
2015 77,128 -1.11% estimation process
2016 76,450 -0.89% estimation process
2017 75,775 -0.89% estimation process
2018 75,210 -0.75% estimation process
2019 74,879 -0.44% estimation process
2020 74,693 -0.25% estimation process

Gary zip code is 46402. County name: Lake, County fips: 18089

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People born in Gary (200)

People born in Gary, including economist Paul Samuelson, economist James K. Galbraith, singer, songwriter and actress from Indiana Janet Jackson, .


Schools in Gary

College & universities near Gary, IN

Code Name City ZIP
151360 Indiana University-Northwest Gary (IN) 46408-1197
475574 Lil Lou's Beauty and Barber College LLC Gary (IN) 46409-2404
490805 Purdue University Northwest Hammond (IN) 46323
150303 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Highland Highland (IN) 46322
484109 Paul Mitchell the School-Merrillville Merrillville (IN) 46410-5540

Stations (23)

Amtrak & bus stations near Gary, IN

Code Name Address Type
GRY Gary, IN 100 West 4th Avenue BUS
HMI Hammond–Whiting station 1135 South Calumet Ave. RAIL
DYE Dyer station 913 Sheffield Avenue RAIL
HMW Homewood 18015 Park Ave. RAIL
MCI Michigan City 100 Washington St. RAIL

Post offices near Gary

Post Office Name City ZIP
15th Avenu Post Office Gary (IN) 46407
Tolleston Post Office Gary (IN) 46404
Gary Post Office Gary (IN) 46401
Glen Park Post Office Gary (IN) 46409
Miller Post Office Gary (IN) 46403

Other places with the same name (4)

Other cities in Lake County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Lake County , IN. (more)

City Name Population Title
City of Gary 80,294 The most populous city in Lake County, Indiana.
Hammond 75,342 The most populous city in Lake County, Indiana.
Merrillville 34,916 Town in Ross Township, Lake County, Indiana
Crown Point 30,906 City in Indiana, USA
Schererville 28,593 Town in northwest Indiana, USA
Hobart 27,913 City in Lake County, Indiana, United States of America
East Chicago 27,742 City in Lake County, Indiana, United States
Munster 22,483 Town in the U.
Highland 22,283 Town in Lake County, Indiana, United States
Griffith 16,032 Town in Calumet and St.
Dyer 15,955 Town in Indiana
Cedar Lake 13,588 Town in Lake County, Indiana, United States
Lake Station 11,850 City in Indiana, United States
Lowell 9,450 Town in Lake County, Indiana, United States
Winfield 5,486 Town of the United States
Whiting 4,814 City in Lake County, Indiana, United States

Distance to Other Cities

Gary distances to largest Indiana cities