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Jay County, IN Highlights


A region's economy thrives or dives because of the people who choose to live there. That choice may occur by being born there and desiring to stay, or a more deliberate one of choosing to relocate from somewhere else. Monitoring change in the size and movement of population is an important barometer of well-being.

Population Over Time
Total Population21,51221,81521,59521,25320,764
Change Since 1990 30383-259-748
Pct. Change Since 1990 1.4%0.4%-1.2%-3.5%
Source: US Census Bureau
Components of Population Change 2017 to 2018
Net Domestic Migration-186
International Migration2
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)40
Source: US Census Bureau
Population Estimates by Age in 2018
 NumberPct. Dist
Preschool (0 to 4)1,4967.2%
School Age (5 to 17)3,80718.3%
College Age (18 to 24)1,6808.1%
Young Adult (25 to 44)4,55721.9%
Older Adult (45 to 64)5,51326.6%
Older (65 plus)3,71117.9%
Source: US Census Bureau
Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin in 2018
 NumberPct. Dist
American Ind. or Alaskan Native Alone410.2%
Asian Alone880.4%
Black Alone1050.5%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone60.0%
White Alone20,29497.7%
Two or More Race Groups2301.1%
Hispanic or Latino
Non-Hispanic or Latino20,09496.8%
Hispanic or Latino6703.2%
Source: US Census Bureau
Households in 2017
 NumberPct. Dist
Total Households8,195100.0%
  Family Households5,38365.7%
    Married with Children1,47017.9%
    Married without Children2,69332.9%
    Single Parents7809.5%
  Non-family Households2,81234.3%
    Living Alone2,37629.0%
Average Household Size2.55
Average Family Household Size3.88
Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5 Year Estimates
Population Counts by Decade
Pct. Chg.
April 200021,8153031.4%
April 201021,253-562-2.6%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Population Projections
Population Projections21,25321,04520,93020,86620,755
Change Since 2010 -208-323-387-498
Pct. Change Since 2010 -1.0%-1.5%-1.8%-2.3%
Source: Indiana Business Research Center.
Note: 2010 data are census counts from the U.S. Census Bureau