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DeKalb County, Indiana

Formed in 1837 and named for Baron DeKalb, a Revolutionary War hero

County Seat: Auburn

Largest City: Auburn (2019 population: 13,484)

Population per Square Mile: 119.83

Square Miles: 362.80

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)42,255350.7%6,484,192
Today (2019)43,475350.6%6,732,219
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*44,484360.6%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today2.9%22 3.8%

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

Components of Population Change, 2018-2019NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration17616 3,997
Net International Migration-990 14,379
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)102260.6%18,536

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2019NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)2,792346.4%6.2%
School Age (5 to 17)7,6603417.6%17.1%
College Age (18 to 24)3,549358.2%9.8%
Young Adult (25 to 44)10,7163224.6%25.5%
Older Adult (45 to 64)11,5583526.6%25.2%
Seniors (65 and older)7,2003816.6%16.1%
Median Age39.3  Median Age = 37.9

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2019NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone142410.3%0.4%
Asian Alone224450.5%2.6%
Black Alone242570.6%9.9%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone30310.1%0.1%
White42,3233497.4%84.8%
Two or More Race Groups514421.2%2.2%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic42,2383397.2%92.7%
Hispanic1,237412.8%7.3%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2018 (Includes detail not shown below)16,78934100.0%100.0%
Married With Children2,9004017.3%18.6%
Married Without Children5,6603433.7%29.9%
Single Parents1,8922611.3%9.5%
Living Alone4,6143127.5%28.5%

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 2019 (estimate)18,27336100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2018 (includes vacant units)17,92136100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
12,8603571.8%61.3%
Median Value (2018)$118,10045  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
3,9293821.9%27.6%
Median Rent (2018)$56728  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2019/2020 Total Reported) 6,884350.6%1,111,333
Public6,803360.6%1,050,614
Adults (25+ in 2018 ACS)28,705350.7%4,399,815
with High School diploma or higher90.2%23 88.6%
with B.A. or higher degree17.7%44 25.9%

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 2019$45,3243193.1%48,678
Median Household Income in 201858,98725105.9%$55,725
Poverty Rate in 201810.1%6477.7%13.0%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1812.8%6873.1%17.5%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201930370.6%5,235
Food Stamp Recipients in 20192,596420.4%581,821
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2019/20202,970380.6%507,739

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, 2017510350.6%82,170
Births to Teens, 201745260.9%5,152
Deaths, 2017430370.7%65,602

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2019NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force22,758340.7%3,387,366
Employed22,116340.7%3,275,056
Unemployed642350.6%112,310
Annual Unemployment Rate2.87184.8%3.3
October 2020 Unemployment Rate3.95081.3%4.8

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2019 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work28,531100.0%$1,599,517100.0%$56,062
Wage and Salary23,37581.9%$1,175,01873.5%$50,268
Farm Proprietors7422.6%$12,0020.8%$16,175
Nonfarm Proprietors4,41415.5%$139,0838.7%$31,510
Farm8603.0%$15,3581.0%$17,858
Nonfarm27,67197.0%$1,584,15999.0%$57,250
Private25,45589.2%$1,460,59991.3%$57,380
  Accommodation, Food Serv.1,4865.2%$29,4101.8%$19,791
  Arts, Ent., Recreation3691.3%$4,4010.3%$11,927
  Construction1,1664.1%$59,6563.7%$51,163
  Health Care, Social Serv.1,9486.8%$92,9475.8%$47,714
  Information1250.4%$4,3160.3%$34,528
  Manufacturing10,08835.4%$840,51752.5%$83,318
  Professional, Tech. Serv.7902.8%$35,7262.2%$45,223
  Retail Trade1,9897.0%$56,1553.5%$28,233
  Trans., Warehousing1,9446.8%$114,9427.2%$59,127
  Wholesale TradeData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Other Private (not above)4,485*15.7%*$145,872*9.1%*$32,524*
Government2,2167.8%$123,5607.7%$55,758

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, 2019UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed150100.0%100.0%$40,381$4,988,366
Single-Family150100.0%73.1%$40,381$4,298,385
2-Family00.0%1.6%0$48,202
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.7%$0$26,551
5+ Family00.0%24.6%$0$615,228

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 DeKalb County

NamePopulation
in 2019
Percent of County
Altona1970.5%
Ashley6431.5%*
Auburn13,48431.0%
Butler2,7186.3%
Corunna2560.6%
Garrett6,41314.8%
Hamilton2930.7%*
St. Joe4731.1%
Waterloo2,2595.2%
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.
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