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Blackford County, Indiana

Named for Isaac Blackford, speaker of the first Indiana General Assembly and a State Supreme Court judge

County Seat: Hartford City

Largest City: Hartford City (2018 population: 5,766)

Population per Square Mile: 72.26

Square Miles: 165.10

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)12,766840.2%6,484,192
Today (2018)11,930850.2%6,691,878
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*11,633860.2%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-6.5%91 3.2%

*Projection based on 2010 Census counts.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Components of Population Change, 2017-2018NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-6761 3,555
Net International Migration459 9,227
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-3479-0.2%19,211

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2018NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)659845.5%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)1,9388616.2%17.2%
College Age (18 to 24)907847.6%9.8%
Young Adult (25 to 44)2,5548521.4%25.4%
Older Adult (45 to 64)3,2928527.6%25.6%
Seniors (65 and older)2,5808321.6%15.8%
Median Age44.4  Median Age = 37.9

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2018NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone34870.3%0.4%
Asian Alone44820.4%2.5%
Black Alone90820.8%9.8%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone4800.0%0.1%
White11,5688597.0%85.1%
Two or More Race Groups190801.6%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic11,7218598.2%92.9%
Hispanic209851.8%7.1%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2017 (Includes detail not shown below)5,19984100.0%100.0%
Married With Children8068615.5%18.8%
Married Without Children1,8688435.9%30.0%
Single Parents470779.0%9.6%
Living Alone1,5048128.9%28.3%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

HousingNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Total Housing Units in 2018 (estimate)6,02084100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2017 (includes vacant units)6,03584100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
3,9738565.8%61.2%
Median Value (2017)$68,50092  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
1,2268420.3%27.7%
Median Rent (2017)$42984  

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2018/2019 Total Reported) 1,586860.1%1,117,590
Public1,586860.2%1,054,903
Adults (25+ in 2017 ACS)8,610850.2%4,369,451
with High School diploma or higher87.7%56 88.3%
with B.A. or higher degree11.1%84 25.3%

Sources: Indiana Department of Education; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

Income and PovertyNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Per Capita Personal Income (annual) in 2017$36,4827780.8%45,150
Median Household Income in 201742,6368978.8%$54,134
Poverty Rate in 201714.3%25107.5%13.3%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1822.3%16125.3%17.8%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201813760.2%6,032
Food Stamp Recipients in 20181,478710.2%605,854
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2018/2019894850.2%514,915

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis; U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Family Social Services Administration; Indiana Department of Education

Health and Vital StatisticsNumberRank of Percent of StateIndiana
Births, 2017125840.2%82,170
Births to Teens, 201712740.2%5,152
Deaths, 2017182790.3%65,602

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2018NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force5,341850.2%3,381,713
Employed5,135850.2%3,265,580
Unemployed206850.2%116,133
Annual Unemployment Rate3.916114.7%3.4
July 2019 Unemployment Rate3.91121.9%3.2

Source: STATS Indiana, using data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2017 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work4,733100.0%$190,905100.0%$40,335
Wage and Salary3,54774.9%$131,37768.8%$37,039
Farm Proprietors2134.5%$4,6982.5%$22,056
Nonfarm Proprietors97320.6%$18,4689.7%$18,980
Farm2655.6%$6,6093.5%$24,940
Nonfarm4,46894.4%$184,29696.5%$41,248
Private3,87681.9%$158,58883.1%$40,915
  Accommodation, Food Serv.2966.3%$4,9702.6%$16,791
  Arts, Ent., Recreation451.0%$1,3770.7%$30,600
  Construction2916.1%$13,1806.9%$45,292
  Health Care, Social Serv.3998.4%$17,9379.4%$44,955
  InformationData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Manufacturing1,09223.1%$65,99734.6%$60,437
  Professional, Tech. Serv.1413.0%$6,7193.5%$47,652
  Retail Trade4218.9%$10,2785.4%$24,413
  Trans., Warehousing2174.6%$10,7845.6%$49,696
  Wholesale TradeData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Other Private (not above)784*16.6%*$19,030*10.0%*$24,273*
Government59212.5%$25,70813.5%$43,426

Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
* These totals do not include county data that are not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.

Residential Building Permits, 2018UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed3100.0%100.0%$470$4,879,857
Single-Family3100.0%76.4%$470$4,269,197
2-Family00.0%2.0%0$49,353
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.2%$0$6,163
5+ Family00.0%21.4%$0$555,144

Notes: Detail cost may not sum to total due to rounding. Greene County does not currently issue building permits, so it is excluded.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Largest Cities and Towns in Blackford County

NamePopulation
in 2018
Percent of County
Dunkirk1341.1%*
Hartford City5,76648.3%
Montpelier1,68514.1%
Shamrock Lakes2191.8%
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.
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