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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 (2022 population: 13,724)

Population per Square Mile: 120.54

Square Miles: 362.80

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2020)43,265360.7%6,484,050
Today (2022)43,731350.6%6,833,037
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*44,032360.6%7,014,880
Percent Change 2020 to Today1.1%23 0.7%

*Projection based on 2015 Census population estimates.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Components of Population Change, 2021-2022NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration35814 5,230
Net International Migration961 15,490
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)5210.5%1,024

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2021NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)2,745346.3%6.0%
School Age (5 to 17)7,7733517.9%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)3,407417.9%9.7%
Young Adult (25 to 44)10,8103324.9%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)11,2863626.0%24.9%
Seniors (65 and older)7,3123816.9%16.4%
Median Age39.3  Median Age = 38.1

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2021NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone155410.4%0.4%
Asian Alone235430.5%2.7%
Black Alone308530.7%10.2%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone29360.1%0.1%
Two or More Race Groups592401.4%2.3%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2021 (Includes detail not shown below)16,83236100.0%100.0%
Married With Children3,5783121.3%18.2%
Married Without Children5,5583633.0%29.8%
Single Parents1,564309.3%9.2%
Living Alone4,2983925.5%29.1%

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 2022 (estimate)18,38137100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2021 (includes vacant units)18,03337100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Value (2021)$135,20048  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Rent (2021)$61233  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2021/2022 Total Reported) 7,246340.6%1,120,155
Adults (25+ in 2021 ACS)29,149360.6%4,501,214
with High School diploma or higher91%25 89.8%
with B.A. or higher degree18.7%46 27.8%

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 2021$51,9613692.0%56,497
Median Household Income in 202165,05926103.7%$62,723
Poverty Rate in 20218.0%8166.1%12.1%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1812.1%7377.1%15.7%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 202219370.5%3,933
Food Stamp Recipients in 20222,506440.4%611,203
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2021/20222,678360.6%481,568

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, 2019547330.7%80,851
Births to Teens, 202123390.6%3,845
Deaths, 2019425410.6%66,005

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2022NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force22,489320.7%3,404,443
Annual Unemployment Rate2.65786.7%3.0
August 2023 Unemployment Rate3.25886.5%3.7

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2021 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work27,597100.0%$1,756,451100.0%$63,646
Wage and Salary22,55381.7%$1,297,53973.9%$57,533
Farm Proprietors7302.6%$23,4501.3%$32,123
Nonfarm Proprietors4,31415.6%$150,5748.6%$34,904
  Accommodation, Food Serv.1,4095.1%$33,3341.9%$23,658
  Arts, Ent., Recreation3231.2%$4,4460.3%$13,765
  Health Care, Social Serv.1,5275.5%$82,2374.7%$53,855
  Professional, Tech. Serv.8253.0%$44,5602.5%$54,012
  Retail Trade2,0557.4%$65,8993.8%$32,068
  Trans., Warehousing2,0047.3%$159,9149.1%$79,797
  Wholesale TradeData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Other Private (not above)4,240*15.4%*$166,808*9.5%*$39,342*

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, 2022UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed0N/A100%$06,635,992
3- and 4-Family0N/A0.5%$0$0
5+ Family0N/A32.6%$0$1,031,387

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

in 2022
Percent of County
St. Joe4191.0%
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annual population estimates

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