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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 (2018 population: 13,391)

Population per Square Mile: 119.15

Square Miles: 362.80

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)42,229350.7%6,484,192
Today (2018)43,226350.6%6,691,878
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*43,651350.6%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today2.4%23 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 Migration29511 3,555
Net International Migration-1191 9,227
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)121240.6%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)2,803346.5%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)7,6583417.7%17.2%
College Age (18 to 24)3,593358.3%9.8%
Young Adult (25 to 44)10,6063324.5%25.4%
Older Adult (45 to 64)11,5473626.7%25.6%
Seniors (65 and older)7,0193716.2%15.8%
Median Age39.2  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 Alone132430.3%0.4%
Asian Alone226430.5%2.5%
Black Alone223570.5%9.8%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone32300.1%0.1%
White42,1283497.5%85.1%
Two or More Race Groups485431.1%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic42,0183397.2%92.9%
Hispanic1,208402.8%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)16,31736100.0%100.0%
Married With Children2,8154217.3%18.8%
Married Without Children5,5533434.0%30.0%
Single Parents1,7182710.5%9.6%
Living Alone4,5403327.8%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)18,15436100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2017 (includes vacant units)17,82336100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
12,4893570.1%61.2%
Median Value (2017)$113,60048  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
3,8283921.5%27.7%
Median Rent (2017)$53836  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2018/2019 Total Reported) 6,856360.6%1,117,590
Public6,769360.6%1,054,903
Adults (25+ in 2017 ACS)28,431360.7%4,369,451
with High School diploma or higher89.7%22 88.3%
with B.A. or higher degree17.8%41 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$41,6223492.2%45,150
Median Household Income in 201754,28935100.3%$54,134
Poverty Rate in 201710.4%6478.2%13.3%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1814.1%6579.2%17.8%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201832410.5%6,032
Food Stamp Recipients in 20182,582460.4%605,854
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2018/20193,021360.6%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, 2017510350.6%82,170
Births to Teens, 201745260.9%5,152
Deaths, 2017430370.7%65,602

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2018NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force22,501340.7%3,381,713
Employed21,865340.7%3,265,580
Unemployed636410.5%116,133
Annual Unemployment Rate2.87582.4%3.4
June 2019 Unemployment Rate2.8177.8%3.6

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 work28,036100.0%$1,469,388100.0%$52,411
Wage and Salary22,95181.9%$1,092,26774.3%$47,591
Farm Proprietors7852.8%$-463-0.0%$-590
Nonfarm Proprietors4,30015.3%$109,0117.4%$25,351
Farm8973.2%$2,7990.2%$3,120
Nonfarm27,13996.8%$1,466,58999.8%$54,040
Private24,93088.9%$1,356,50692.3%$54,413
  Accommodation, Food Serv.1,4785.3%$26,3311.8%$17,815
  Arts, Ent., Recreation3431.2%$4,3700.3%$12,741
  Construction1,1003.9%$50,8483.5%$46,225
  Health Care, Social Serv.1,9276.9%$89,9766.1%$46,692
  Information1200.4%$4,4020.3%$36,683
  Manufacturing9,66234.5%$768,20352.3%$79,508
  Professional, Tech. Serv.7522.7%$33,5002.3%$44,548
  Retail Trade2,0547.3%$51,3043.5%$24,978
  Trans., Warehousing1,8166.5%$98,3256.7%$54,144
  Wholesale TradeData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Other Private (not above)4,638*16.5%*$155,141*10.6%*$33,450*
Government2,2097.9%$110,0837.5%$49,834

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 Filed119100.0%100.0%$30,950$4,879,857
Single-Family119100.0%76.4%$30,950$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 DeKalb County

NamePopulation
in 2018
Percent of County
Altona1970.5%
Ashley6421.5%*
Auburn13,39131.0%
Butler2,7086.3%
Corunna2560.6%
Garrett6,39014.8%
Hamilton2650.6%*
St. Joe4661.1%
Waterloo2,2485.2%
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.
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