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Wells 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 Population25,94827,62627,82027,63728,206
Change Since 1990 1,6781,8721,6892,258
Pct. Change Since 1990 6.5%7.2%6.5%8.7%
Source: US Census Bureau
Components of Population Change 2017 to 2018
Net Domestic Migration61
International Migration16
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)119
Source: US Census Bureau
Population Estimates by Age in 2018
 NumberPct. Dist
Preschool (0 to 4)1,8396.5%
School Age (5 to 17)5,14318.2%
College Age (18 to 24)2,1447.6%
Young Adult (25 to 44)6,45022.9%
Older Adult (45 to 64)7,46626.5%
Older (65 plus)5,16418.3%
Source: US Census Bureau
Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin in 2018
 NumberPct. Dist
American Ind. or Alaskan Native Alone820.3%
Asian Alone1910.7%
Black Alone2150.8%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone120.0%
White Alone27,36497.0%
Two or More Race Groups3421.2%
Hispanic or Latino
Non-Hispanic or Latino27,31196.8%
Hispanic or Latino8953.2%
Source: US Census Bureau
Households in 2017
 NumberPct. Dist
Total Households10,944100.0%
  Family Households7,74070.7%
    Married with Children2,23020.4%
    Married without Children4,06837.2%
    Single Parents9518.7%
  Non-family Households3,20429.3%
    Living Alone2,85126.1%
Average Household Size2.56
Average Family Household Size3.62
Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5 Year Estimates
Population Counts by Decade
Pct. Chg.
April 200027,6261,6786.5%
April 201027,637110.0%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Population Projections
Population Projections27,63627,84327,97727,99227,834
Change Since 2010 207341356198
Pct. Change Since 2010 0.7%1.2%1.3%0.7%
Source: Indiana Business Research Center.
Note: 2010 data are census counts from the U.S. Census Bureau