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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 Population21,51221,81521,59521,25320,945
Change Since 1990 30383-259-567
Pct. Change Since 1990 1.4%0.4%-1.2%-2.6%
Source: US Census Bureau
Components of Population Change 2016 to 2017
Net Domestic Migration-174
International Migration3
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)75
Source: US Census Bureau
Population Estimates by Age in 2017
 NumberPct. Dist
Preschool (0 to 4)1,5117.2%
School Age (5 to 17)3,90418.6%
College Age (18 to 24)1,7038.1%
Young Adult (25 to 44)4,60622.0%
Older Adult (45 to 64)5,60326.8%
Older (65 plus)3,61817.3%
Source: US Census Bureau
Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin in 2017
 NumberPct. Dist
American Ind. or Alaskan Native Alone390.2%
Asian Alone920.4%
Black Alone930.4%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone90.0%
White Alone20,48597.8%
Two or More Race Groups2271.1%
Hispanic or Latino
Non-Hispanic or Latino20,28596.8%
Hispanic or Latino6603.2%
Source: US Census Bureau
Households in 2016
 NumberPct. Dist
Total Households8,062100.0%
  Family Households5,47467.9%
    Married with Children1,48618.4%
    Married without Children2,73333.9%
    Single Parents7649.5%
  Non-family Households2,58832.1%
    Living Alone2,18627.1%
Average Household Size2.61
Average Family Household Size3.84
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