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Overview of Gary

Home to approximately 80,200 people, Gary, IN enjoys miles of lakefront along Lake Michigan. Located about 32 miles from downtown Chicago, Gary residents enjoy a much lower cost of living while still enjoying easy access to all of the amenities the city has to offer. With 28 percent of the population under the age of 18, this community is fairly family friendly. According to City-Data, Gary's cost of living is approximately 9 points lower than Chicago's average, making Gary apartments for rent all the more attractive.

Living in Gary, IN

Gary was originally developed by the U.S. Steel Corporation, and was named after Elbert H. Gary, the chairman of the corporation. The city quickly grew, and due to its close proximity to Chicago, became known as a satellite city to the metropolitan area.

While steel remains an industry in the city, Gary's economy now mainly relies on services. According to Best Places, some of the city's top employers include the City of Gary, which offers a number of government positions; the Genesis Convention Center; and Edgewater Systems, a healthcare agency. No matter what your field, Gary apartments provide easy access to a wealth of local jobs.

Gary Attractions and Special Events

Gary is located next to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The lakeshore encompasses approximately 45 miles of trails that are perfect for hiking, and will take visitors through habitats such as prairies, wetlands, and of course, sand dunes. With more than 15,000 acres to explore, this natural wonder is always a great place for an outdoor adventure.

For a closer outdoor adventure, residents can enjoy one of the city's many parks, including nearby Marquette Park, Gleason Park, as well as the Octave Chanute museum.

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