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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, 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 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 2018$44,0693093.5%47,149
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
April 2020 Unemployment Rate21.714126.9%17.1

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2018 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work28,219100.0%$1,550,864100.0%$54,958
Wage and Salary23,02581.6%$1,154,42274.4%$50,138
Farm Proprietors7732.7%$7850.1%$1,016
Nonfarm Proprietors4,42115.7%$127,5938.2%$28,861
Farm9073.2%$4,9260.3%$5,431
Nonfarm27,31296.8%$1,545,93899.7%$56,603
Private25,08688.9%$1,431,20592.3%$57,052
  Accommodation, Food Serv.1,4315.1%$28,0321.8%$19,589
  Arts, Ent., Recreation3621.3%$4,3470.3%$12,008
  Construction1,0793.8%$54,5363.5%$50,543
  Health Care, Social Serv.1,9687.0%$93,3906.0%$47,454
  Information1230.4%$4,7260.3%$38,423
  Manufacturing9,92435.2%$827,03653.3%$83,337
  Professional, Tech. Serv.7762.7%$41,0492.6%$52,898
  Retail Trade2,0197.2%$53,3103.4%$26,404
  Trans., Warehousing1,8646.6%$103,2436.7%$55,388
  Wholesale TradeData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Other Private (not above)4,507*16.0%*$147,228*9.5%*$32,667*
Government2,2267.9%$114,7337.4%$51,542

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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