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Delaware County, Indiana

The Delaware tribe of Indians gave this county its name, founded in 1827

County Seat: Muncie

Largest City: Muncie (2020 population: 67,523)

Population per Square Mile: 289.35

Square Miles: 392.10

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)117,674141.8%6,484,050
Today (2020)113,454151.7%6,785,644
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*114,951151.6%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today-3.6%73 4.7%

*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 Migration-20779 14,280
Net International Migration8614 4,756
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-20292-29.2%692

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2020NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)5,399184.8%6.1%
School Age (5 to 17)14,9501713.2%17.0%
College Age (18 to 24)21,891819.3%9.7%
Young Adult (25 to 44)24,8371721.9%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)26,2971623.2%24.9%
Seniors (65 and older)20,0801517.7%16.5%
Median Age36.0  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 Alone326220.3%0.4%
Asian Alone1,555171.4%2.7%
Black Alone8,266137.3%10.1%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone67180.1%0.1%
White100,4461588.5%84.5%
Two or More Race Groups2,794152.5%2.2%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic110,4881597.4%92.6%
Hispanic2,966272.6%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)46,02614100.0%100.0%
Married With Children6,4171713.9%18.5%
Married Without Children12,5871627.3%29.7%
Single Parents4,366149.5%9.3%
Living Alone14,1531230.8%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 2020 (estimate)52,70014100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2019 (includes vacant units)52,71614100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
29,2151655.4%61.5%
Median Value (2019)$93,60079  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
16,8111031.9%27.5%
Median Rent (2019)$56236  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2020/2021 Total Reported) 15,901151.4%1,112,460
Public15,529151.5%1,033,286
Adults (25+ in 2019 ACS)71,040161.6%4,430,493
with High School diploma or higher89.7%29 88.8%
with B.A. or higher degree23.7%19 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 2020$40,9488678.9%51,926
Median Household Income in 201945,9129179.7%$57,617
Poverty Rate in 201921.5%1180.7%11.9%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1823.0%6152.3%15.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 2021125111.9%6,453
Food Stamp Recipients in 202114,165102.2%636,675
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2019/20207,905161.6%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, 20191,053171.3%80,859
Births to Teens, 201793101.8%5,152
Deaths, 20191,369112.1%66,005

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2020NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force52,466151.6%3,319,010
Employed48,633151.6%3,082,982
Unemployed3,833161.6%236,028
Annual Unemployment Rate7.324102.8%7.1
November 2021 Unemployment Rate2.41184.6%1.3

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 work57,648100.0%$2,973,005100.0%$51,572
Wage and Salary48,96684.9%$2,179,84473.3%$44,518
Farm Proprietors5130.9%$21,5630.7%$42,033
Nonfarm Proprietors8,16914.2%$204,0876.9%$24,983
Farm6271.1%$25,0560.8%$39,962
Nonfarm57,02198.9%$2,947,94999.2%$51,699
Private45,85379.5%$2,313,17677.8%$50,448
  Accommodation, Food Serv.4,5097.8%$94,5843.2%$20,977
  Arts, Ent., Recreation8321.4%$11,1150.4%$13,359
  Construction2,5054.3%$134,0244.5%$53,503
  Health Care, Social Serv.9,88317.1%$664,48622.4%$67,235
  Information4270.7%$23,3190.8%$54,611
  Manufacturing3,5726.2%$242,2678.1%$67,824
  Professional, Tech. Serv.2,7324.7%$168,1955.7%$61,565
  Retail Trade6,64211.5%$236,7488.0%$35,644
  Trans., Warehousing1,6312.8%$95,8983.2%$58,797
  Wholesale Trade1,2352.1%$95,3393.2%$77,198
  Other Private (not above)11,739*20.4%*$541,978*18.2%*$46,169*
Government11,16819.4%$634,77321.4%$56,839

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 Filed171100.0%100.0%$35,867$5,872,297
Single-Family11667.8%76.2%$28,967$5,209,930
2-Family00.0%2.5%0$83,895
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.8%$0$25,965
5+ Family5532.2%20.6%$6,901$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 Delaware County

NamePopulation
in 2020
Percent of County
Albany1,9491.7%*
Chesterfield10.0%*
Daleville1,6301.4%
Eaton1,7261.5%
Gaston8720.8%
Muncie67,52359.5%
Selma8060.7%
Yorktown11,0419.7%
* 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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