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Lake County, Indiana

46402, 46403, 46404, 46406, 46407, 46408, 46409

The Steel City
City of Vision, People of Commitment

Page Contents for Gary, Indiana

Statistics & Facts


History & History-related items

City Attractions



Historical Events

Chamber of Commerce.

Community events.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The Indiana state capital is Indianapolis.
The population of Gary is approximately 116,646 (1990), 80294 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 47,082 (1990), 31380 (2010).
The amount of land area in Gary is 130.121 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Gary is 50.2 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 18.161 sq kilometers.
The distance from Gary to Washington DC is 596 miles.
The distance to the Indiana state capital is 141 miles. (as the crow flies)
Gary is positioned 41.59 degrees north of the equator and 87.34 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Gary elevation is 599 feet above sea level.
Gary per capita income is $ 8,994 (1989).
Gary median income is $ 19,390 (1989).
Gary average annual rainfall is 34.66 inches per year
Gary average annual snowfall is 39.2 inches per year.
Gary average temperature is 48.9 degrees F.
The average winter temperature is 24.8 (January) degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 73.6 (July) degrees F.


in the northwest corner of the state near Lake Michigan, 30 miles from Chicago, Illinois.

Here is a map page for Gary.
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changeable! It is usually warm in summer and cold in winter. But Lake Michigan has an effect on the weather. The lowest temperatures come when air flows southward to Lake Superior before blowing into the Gary area. The higher temperatures occur in the summer when the air flow is from the south or southwest.
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History & History Related Items

Gary is part of the Calumet District, which was once one of the nation's greatest steel-producing areas. In 1906, it was the site of the main plant of the U.S. Steel Corporation.

Gary has been known as the Steel City, also City of the Century. It was incorporated in 1905 as the new home of United States Steel, taking its name from chairman, Elbert H. Gary, just like in the song from "The Music Man."

Here is a history page for Gary with a great deal more history information.
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The founding of Gary



Points of Interest in the Gary area.

Recreation in the area.

Octave Chanute & Tuskegee Airmen Museum
Marquette Park
Gary, Indiana 46403
Phone: (219) 938-8081

The Miss USA in Gary

Learn more about Gary at
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Economy & Industry

Trade, Services, Manufacturing
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Gary City Government

City of Gary

Gary Mayor's Office
401 Broadway
Gary, IN 46402-1232
Phone: 219-881-1301

Gary has a Mayor/Council form of government with 9 council members.

Gary-Chicago Airport
within 30 minutes from downtown Chicago
6001 West Industrial Hwy.
Gary, IN 46406
Phone: (219) 949-9722
Fax (219) 949-0573

Gary Historical Events

1922, May
Joseph Louis Kertesz
My grandfather was Joseph Louis KERTESZ. He was one of the original members of the Gary Police Force, c 1908. He rose to the rank of detective sergarent in January 1911. He retired from the force in January 1922 due to health reasons and died in May 1922 from TB.
He married Elizabeth 'Rose' ASZMONGYA. They had nine children: Joseph, Gustav, Elizabeth, Eugene, Ben, Madeline (Lena); Louis, William Joseph, and John.
Joseph kept the family name of Kertesz; however, others in the family took the name of Curtis, Curtiss, or Kertis.
E-mail inquires about the Kertesz line may be sent to:, Kenneth R. Curtis

Gary Chamber

Gary Chamber Of Commerce
504 Broadway, suite 328
Gary, IN 46402
Phone: 219-885-7407
Fax: 219-885-7408

Gary Community Events

The Lakefront Festival and the Taste of Gary

The Old-Fashioned Carnival/Picnic

Gary Organizations

Gary Chamber Of Commerce
504 Broadway, suite 328
Gary, IN 46402
Phone: 219-885-7407
Fax: 219-885-7408

Gary Libraries

Lake County Public Library
5921 W 25th Ave
Gary, IN 46406-3024
Phone: 219-844-8809

Gary Public Library
220 W 5th Ave
Gary, IN 46402-1215
Phone: 219-886-2484

Gary Schools

Gary Administration School Services
3840 Georgia St
Gary, IN 46409-1607
Phone: 219-980-6317

Gary Community School Corporation


Indiana University Northwest
3400 Broadway
Gary, IN 46408-1101
Phone: 219-980-6500

Ivy Tech State College, Region 1
Gary Campus
1440 East 35th Avenue
Gary, IN 46409
Phone: 219-981-1111
Fax: 219-981-4415
Toll Free: 800-843-4882 Gary


The population of Gary was:
1910 - 16,800
1920 - 55,378
1970 - 175,415

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