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Old 11-20-2012, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Saturday I'm heading there to help my friend who recently moved from Benton Harbor, MI look for apartments (it may help; she's African American, but I'm white) in East Chicago, which is maybe 25 miles to Downtown Chicago. What's the take on this place? Prominante Ethnicity?
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:52 PM
 
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Default Lots of folks forget...

...that our benevolent hosts also have a very comprehensive resource of statistical data: https://www.city-data.com/city/East-Chicago-Indiana.html

50%+ Hispanic 40 some % Black..
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:14 AM
 
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Saturday I'm heading there to help my friend who recently moved from Benton Harbor, MI look for apartments (it may help; she's African American, but I'm white) in East Chicago, which is maybe 25 miles to Downtown Chicago. What's the take on this place? Prominante Ethnicity?
I'll shoot you straight (pun intended). As gangs, drugs, and rental units are very prevalent in the town, East Chicago has very high crime. The politicians are still as corrupt as any and the schools are abysmal. The racial makeup is close to evenly split, Hispanics and African Americans, so your friend would fit in in that regard. That said, if your friend doesn't care about the schools and if she minds her own business and stays out of trouble, she'll probably be just fine in East Chicago. As she should be anywhere, but moreso in a town like East Chicago, I would just recommend that she always be extra cautious when by herself outside of her apartment. On the positive side, East Chicago certainly has its great perks with its location so close to Chicago and to Lake Michigan, that's for sure. Best of luck to your friend.
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:59 PM
 
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I'll shoot you straight (pun intended). As gangs, drugs, and rental units are very prevalent in the town, East Chicago has very high crime. The politicians are still as corrupt as any and the schools are abysmal. The racial makeup is close to evenly split, Hispanics and African Americans, so your friend would fit in in that regard. That said, if your friend doesn't care about the schools and if she minds her own business and stays out of trouble, she'll probably be just fine in East Chicago. As she should be anywhere, but moreso in a town like East Chicago, I would just recommend that she always be extra cautious when by herself outside of her apartment. On the positive side, East Chicago certainly has its great perks with its location so close to Chicago and to Lake Michigan, that's for sure. Best of luck to your friend.
she's single, no relationship, no kids (doesn't plan on having any). But here's a good one: East Chicago vs Gary; which is worst and why
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Edmonds, WA
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she's single, no relationship, no kids (doesn't plan on having any). But here's a good one: East Chicago vs Gary; which is worst and why
As chet said, city-data.com is your friend.

https://www.city-data.com/city/East-Chicago-Indiana.html

https://www.city-data.com/city/Gary-Indiana.html

Gary is hands down the more dangerous of the two in terms of violent crime. Rape, murder, robbery and assault are all far higher in Gary than E. Chicago.

However thefts have consistently been higher in East Chicago than Gary during the past decade (3x more prevalent in E. Chicago than Gary in 2010), and in 2010 East Chicago also had more burglaries than Gary.

Overall though, East Chicago is the "safer" of the two though please note I use that term in a very relative sense. ETA: And a lot depends on where in Gary or E. Chicago are. The Miller Beach area of Gary for example is far safer than anywhere in E. Chicago as far as I know.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:12 AM
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You will do your friend a great favor by driving her around, in the daytime it is safer, East Chicago, Gary, Hammond, and points south. Just look around as you drive the neighborhoods she would consider living in. Look at the surrounding areas as well. Filth, delapidated buildings, undesirables walking the streets, shopping areas. Then let her make the decision. Personally I would steer anyone away from EC or Gary unless they truly know what they are doing. She will blend in if she is black, but that only works for a while. Highland, Munster, Griffith are much safer places to live. Is she going to commute to Chicago for work? Train stations are close easy drives from Highland and Hammond as well.
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:33 AM
 
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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If she values personal safety and wants to live in a less stressful environment where she won't have to worry if her apt. or home is going to be broken into while she's at work, I'd steer clear of Gary and EC ... if she must live in northern lake county, check out Whiting too. It's safer than the other 2.
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:28 PM
 
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So, Saturday We went and looked. That was the most creepy and disgusting place I've seen in a while. Despite being 40% Black, I felt like it was the Hispanic version of Gary, Indiana. Nothing but filth and crappy (Shotgun) homes and apartment complexes. She decided to try for Munster or Whiting; for her safety. I was afraid that I was going to be attacked for being white & driving a car. Seeing open drug dealing at 12 in the afternoon wasn't a big deal to me (I've seen it a lot before in some other places I've been) but seeing 2 beatings in less than an hour and a car burglary occuring told me never go back.
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Edmonds, WA
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So, Saturday We went and looked. That was the most creepy and disgusting place I've seen in a while. Despite being 40% Black, I felt it was the Hispanic version of Gary, Indiana. Nothing but filth and crappy homes and apartment complexes. She decided to try for Munster or Whiting; for her safety. Never again will I go back.
She may also want to check out South Hammond/Hessville area. It's definitely a step up from its northern neighbors. Schools are still lackluster, but if that's not a concern for your friend then it may be an option.
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:41 PM
 
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She may also want to check out South Hammond/Hessville area. It's definitely a step up from its northern neighbors. Schools are still lackluster, but if that's not a concern for your friend then it may be an option.
ok, I'll give her a call for these areas too.
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