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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 (2020 population: 13,617)

Population per Square Mile: 120.37

Square Miles: 362.80

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)42,255350.7%6,484,050
Today (2020)43,670350.6%6,754,953
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*44,484360.6%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today3.3%21 4.2%

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

Components of Population Change, 2019-2020NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration039 1,323
Net International Migration-289 8,743
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)110190.8%13,740

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2020NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)2,835336.5%6.1%
School Age (5 to 17)7,6953417.6%17.0%
College Age (18 to 24)3,455367.9%9.7%
Young Adult (25 to 44)10,8503224.8%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)11,4303526.2%24.9%
Seniors (65 and older)7,4053817.0%16.5%
Median Age39.3  Median Age = 38.0

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2020NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone149420.3%0.4%
Asian Alone214460.5%2.7%
Black Alone287520.7%10.1%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone29350.1%0.1%
White42,4513497.2%84.5%
Two or More Race Groups540401.2%2.2%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic42,3433397.0%92.6%
Hispanic1,327403.0%7.4%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2019 (Includes detail not shown below)16,80135100.0%100.0%
Married With Children3,1433618.7%18.5%
Married Without Children5,7913334.5%29.7%
Single Parents1,7952710.7%9.3%
Living Alone4,5753427.2%29.0%

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 2020 (estimate)18,41936100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2019 (includes vacant units)18,04536100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
12,7813570.8%61.5%
Median Value (2019)$124,30047  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
4,0203622.3%27.5%
Median Rent (2019)$59828  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2020/2021 Total Reported) 7,161350.6%1,112,460
Public6,547370.6%1,033,286
Adults (25+ in 2019 ACS)28,949350.7%4,430,493
with High School diploma or higher90.2%25 88.8%
with B.A. or higher degree18%43 26.5%

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 201959,71431103.6%$57,617
Poverty Rate in 20199.5%6379.8%11.9%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1815.4%41102.0%15.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 202033380.5%6,657
Food Stamp Recipients in 20202,760440.4%659,095
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, 2020NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force22,116340.7%3,319,010
Employed20,591340.7%3,082,982
Unemployed1,525310.6%236,028
Annual Unemployment Rate6.93297.2%7.1
August 2021 Unemployment Rate3.16277.5%4.0

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, 2020UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed133100.0%100.0%$33,633$5,872,297
Single-Family133100.0%76.2%$33,633$5,209,930
2-Family00.0%2.5%0$83,895
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.8%$0$25,965
5+ Family00.0%20.6%$0$552,508

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 2020
Percent of County
Altona1990.5%
Ashley6451.5%*
Auburn13,61731.2%
Butler2,7196.2%
Corunna2580.6%
Garrett6,42914.7%
Hamilton2940.7%*
St. Joe4741.1%
Waterloo2,2665.2%
* 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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