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Wabash County, Indiana

Organized in 1835 and named for the Wabash River

County Seat: Wabash

Largest City: Wabash (2022 population: 10,347)

Population per Square Mile: 74.75

Square Miles: 412.40

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2020)30,976530.5%6,484,050
Today (2022)30,828540.5%6,833,037
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*29,619550.4%7,014,880
Percent Change 2020 to Today-0.5%85 0.7%

*Projection based on 2015 Census population estimates.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Components of Population Change, 2021-2022NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration18326 5,230
Net International Migration765 15,490
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-24483-23.8%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)1,599585.2%6.0%
School Age (5 to 17)4,8415615.7%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)3,051469.9%9.7%
Young Adult (25 to 44)6,8735422.3%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)8,0025226.0%24.9%
Seniors (65 and older)6,4504520.9%16.4%
Median Age42.3  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 Alone234300.8%0.4%
Asian Alone190490.6%2.7%
Black Alone330471.1%10.2%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone8660.0%0.1%
Two or More Race Groups396501.3%2.3%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2021 (Includes detail not shown below)12,53849100.0%100.0%
Married With Children2,1015516.8%18.2%
Married Without Children4,2715034.1%29.8%
Single Parents1,050498.4%9.2%
Living Alone3,5434628.3%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 2022 (estimate)14,08550100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2021 (includes vacant units)14,04650100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Value (2021)$117,70064  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Rent (2021)$51970  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2021/2022 Total Reported) 5,198480.5%1,120,155
Adults (25+ in 2021 ACS)21,252530.5%4,501,214
with High School diploma or higher89.9%41 89.8%
with B.A. or higher degree19.9%35 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$51,3004590.8%56,497
Median Household Income in 202162,1933999.2%$62,723
Poverty Rate in 202111.2%4992.6%12.1%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1816.1%44102.5%15.7%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 202218410.5%3,933
Food Stamp Recipients in 20222,138540.3%611,203
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2021/20222,505400.5%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, 2019323560.4%80,851
Births to Teens, 202117510.4%3,845
Deaths, 2019515320.8%66,005

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2022NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force14,626520.4%3,404,443
Annual Unemployment Rate2.74990.0%3.0
August 2023 Unemployment Rate3.44491.9%3.7

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 work15,868100.0%$798,098100.0%$50,296
Wage and Salary12,30877.6%$553,28969.3%$44,954
Farm Proprietors5743.6%$38,0174.8%$66,232
Nonfarm Proprietors2,98618.8%$71,6919.0%$24,009
  Accommodation, Food Serv.9926.3%$21,4562.7%$21,629
  Arts, Ent., Recreation3372.1%$7,0910.9%$21,042
  Health Care, Social Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Professional, Tech. Serv.3962.5%$18,4212.3%$46,518
  Retail Trade1,67010.5%$58,4177.3%$34,980
  Trans., Warehousing3081.9%$19,0802.4%$61,948
  Wholesale Trade5283.3%$36,0764.5%$68,326
  Other Private (not above)2,955*18.6%*$114,067*14.3%*$38,601*

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, 2022UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed32100.0%100.0%$10,121$6,635,992
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.5%$0$14,702
5+ Family00.0%32.6%$0$1,031,387

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 Wabash County

in 2022
Percent of County
La Fontaine8012.6%
North Manchester5,24717.0%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annual population estimates

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