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Howard County, Indiana

Formed in 1844 and named for T.A. Howard, Indiana representative to Congress

County Seat: Kokomo

Largest City: Kokomo (2021 population: 59,691)

Population per Square Mile: 285.52

Square Miles: 293.10

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)82,748181.3%6,484,050
Today (2021)83,687181.2%6,813,532
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*79,522221.1%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today1.1%34 5.1%

*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 Migration33217 5,230
Net International Migration2323 15,490
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-29787-29.0%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)5,137196.1%6.0%
School Age (5 to 17)14,0852116.8%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)6,707208.0%9.7%
Young Adult (25 to 44)19,9342123.8%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)21,3231925.5%24.9%
Seniors (65 and older)16,5011819.7%16.4%
Median Age40.8  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 Alone384200.5%0.4%
Asian Alone1,126211.3%2.7%
Black Alone6,907168.3%10.2%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone49240.1%0.1%
White72,7052086.9%84.2%
Two or More Race Groups2,516183.0%2.3%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic80,4611896.1%92.3%
Hispanic3,226253.9%7.7%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2021 (Includes detail not shown below)34,67418100.0%100.0%
Married With Children5,1982515.0%18.2%
Married Without Children10,5491930.4%29.8%
Single Parents2,995198.6%9.2%
Living Alone10,8361831.3%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 2021 (estimate)39,76818100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2021 (includes vacant units)39,48518100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
25,1141863.6%62.9%
Median Value (2021)$116,60066  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
9,5601824.2%27.2%
Median Rent (2021)$63625  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2021/2022 Total Reported) 13,347221.2%1,120,155
Public12,942191.2%1,036,519
Adults (25+ in 2021 ACS)57,426181.3%4,501,214
with High School diploma or higher90.9%27 89.8%
with B.A. or higher degree20.8%30 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$47,0317383.2%56,497
Median Household Income in 202156,2686789.7%$62,723
Poverty Rate in 202111.9%3898.3%12.1%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1816.5%41105.1%15.7%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 202277111.9%3,933
Food Stamp Recipients in 202210,828121.8%611,203
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2021/20225,852181.2%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, 2019991191.2%80,859
Births to Teens, 201778131.5%5,152
Deaths, 20191,121171.7%66,005

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2021NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force34,727241.0%3,321,548
Employed32,591241.0%3,203,166
Unemployed2,136141.8%118,382
Annual Unemployment Rate6.21172.2%3.6
December 2022 Unemployment Rate4.32179.2%2.4

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 work45,192100.0%$2,599,701100.0%$57,526
Wage and Salary37,85383.8%$1,958,05275.3%$51,728
Farm Proprietors3640.8%$28,1681.1%$77,385
Nonfarm Proprietors6,97515.4%$143,5265.5%$20,577
Farm4451.0%$31,7831.2%$71,422
Nonfarm44,74799.0%$2,567,91898.8%$57,387
Private39,66387.8%$2,289,54488.1%$57,725
  Accommodation, Food Serv.4,2019.3%$98,9873.8%$23,563
  Arts, Ent., Recreation4270.9%$4,1390.2%$9,693
  Construction1,9784.4%$109,0304.2%$55,121
  Health Care, Social Serv.5,57112.3%$354,27213.6%$63,592
  Information2460.5%$14,5690.6%$59,224
  Manufacturing9,92322.0%$1,003,07438.6%$101,086
  Professional, Tech. Serv.1,3373.0%$63,3332.4%$47,369
  Retail Trade5,40412.0%$179,8576.9%$33,282
  Trans., Warehousing1,2622.8%$56,3622.2%$44,661
  Wholesale Trade9192.0%$77,9273.0%$84,795
  Other Private (not above)8,269*18.3%*$324,800*12.5%*$39,279*
Government5,08411.2%$278,37410.7%$54,755

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 Filed190100.0%100.0%$46,559$7,583,249
Single-Family18898.9%74.4%$46,239$6,692,956
2-Family21.1%2.4%320$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 Howard County

NamePopulation
in 2021
Percent of County
Greentown2,3732.8%
Kokomo59,69171.3%
Russiaville1,3181.6%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annual population estimates

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