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East Chicago, Indiana

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Welcome to East Chicago ...

The city of East Chicago is located in Lake County.

A typical abbreviation for East Chicago: E. Chicago

From the  Census Estimates for 2016, East Chicago has a population of 28,418 people<1> (see below for details).

East Chicago is 590 feet [180 m] above sea level.<2>.

Time Zone: East Chicago lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel east from East Chicago (for example, toward Michiana (MI)), you will leave Central Time and cross into the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT).

East Chicago is within the boundaries of the (219) area code.

The ZIP code for East Chicago: 46312<3>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, East Chicago had a population of 29,698 people (which is 5.99% of the total population of Lake County). This makes East Chicago the county's 4th most populous community.

The population of East Chicago represents 0.46% of the population of Indiana (which has 6,483,802 people), making it the state's 31st most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 29,698 people, the population of East Chicago decreased 8.38% from the 2000 Census (that had a count of 32,414 people).

Taken from the 2016 Census Estimates, East Chicago had an population of 28,418 people. This is a decrease of 4.31% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 12.33% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for East Chicago.

Communities near East Chicago ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from East Chicago and not the distance if you drove.<4>.

Community   2016
Burbank (IL)   [Map]   28,886   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
Chicago Heights (IL)   [Map]   30,026   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
Chicago (IL)   [Map]   2,704,958   NW   18 miles [29 km]
Oak Lawn (IL)   [Map]   56,257   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
Tinley Park (IL)   [Map]   56,831   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
Crown Point   [Map]   29,176   S   17 miles [27.4 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for East Chicago.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around East Chicago. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of East Chicago. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around East Chicago.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for East Chicago:

Websites for East Chicago ...

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TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for East Chicago ...

Looking for more information about East Chicago? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for East Chicago, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for East Chicago.

Search for Local Businesses ...

Google's 'Search-by-Location' has proven to be a useful tool by people who planned visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) East Chicago. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

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RestaurantsAuto RepairReal Estate
 RV RepairRentals
PharmacyAuto PartsChurches
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AttractionsMotorcycle Parts 
 DentistsPost Offices
Auto RentalChiropractors 
Auto LeasingVeterinarians 

Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for East Chicago.

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<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around East Chicago - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<3>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as East Chicago). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether East Chicago or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting from East Chicago. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- East Chicago) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for East Chicago. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from East Chicago

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in East Chicago. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.6492, Longitude: -87.4526     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for East Chicago have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<5>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for East Chicago.