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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 (2021 population: 13,593)

Population per Square Mile: 119.44

Square Miles: 362.80

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)42,255350.7%6,484,050
Today (2021)43,333360.6%6,805,985
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*44,484360.6%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today2.6%23 5.0%

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

Components of Population Change, 2020-2021NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration3954 14,280
Net International Migration264 4,756
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)9191.3%692

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 2020 (Includes detail not shown below)16,90435100.0%100.0%
Married With Children3,2883519.5%18.3%
Married Without Children5,8733334.7%29.8%
Single Parents1,7013010.1%9.3%
Living Alone4,3653825.8%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 2021 (estimate)18,25037100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2020 (includes vacant units)18,16236100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
13,3883273.7%62.3%
Median Value (2020)$129,10047  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
3,5164419.4%27.4%
Median Rent (2020)$59432  

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 2020 ACS)29,231350.7%4,466,180
with High School diploma or higher91%22 89.3%
with B.A. or higher degree18%50 27.2%

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 2020$48,9373094.2%51,926
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 202131370.5%6,453
Food Stamp Recipients in 20212,820390.4%636,675
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, 2019547330.7%80,859
Births to Teens, 201745260.9%5,152
Deaths, 2019425410.6%66,005

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2021NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force22,028320.7%3,321,548
Employed21,434330.7%3,203,166
Unemployed594370.5%118,382
Annual Unemployment Rate2.76375.0%3.6
May 2022 Unemployment Rate2.07280.0%2.5

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2020 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work26,523100.0%$1,613,774100.0%$60,844
Wage and Salary21,87882.5%$1,158,57971.8%$52,956
Farm Proprietors7342.8%$21,1621.3%$28,831
Nonfarm Proprietors3,91114.7%$163,38510.1%$41,776
Farm8403.2%$24,2921.5%$28,919
Nonfarm25,68396.8%$1,589,48298.5%$61,888
Private23,47588.5%$1,462,94790.7%$62,319
  Accommodation, Food Serv.1,3315.0%$27,0491.7%$20,322
  Arts, Ent., Recreation3061.2%$4,2870.3%$14,010
  Construction1,1164.2%$66,4004.1%$59,498
  Health Care, Social Serv.1,6226.1%$79,9225.0%$49,274
  Information1030.4%$4,0450.3%$39,272
  Manufacturing9,25334.9%$801,89949.7%$86,664
  Professional, Tech. Serv.7752.9%$38,5222.4%$49,706
  Retail Trade1,9597.4%$62,1343.9%$31,717
  Trans., Warehousing1,9267.3%$151,9199.4%$78,878
  Wholesale TradeData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Other Private (not above)4,131*15.6%*$147,224*9.1%*$35,639*
Government2,2088.3%$126,5357.8%$57,308

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, 2021UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed138100.0%100.0%$44,352$7,583,249
Single-Family138100.0%74.4%$44,352$6,692,956
2-Family00.0%2.4%0$117,031
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.4%$0$30,324
5+ Family00.0%22.7%$0$742,937

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 2021
Percent of County
Altona2130.5%
Ashley6671.5%*
Auburn13,59331.4%
Butler2,6456.1%
Corunna2360.5%
Garrett6,54615.1%
Hamilton2350.5%*
St. Joe4161.0%
Waterloo2,1144.9%
* 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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