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Wells County, Indiana

Formed in 1837 and named for Captain William Wells, a scout for General Anthony Wayne

County Seat: Bluffton

Largest City: Bluffton (2018 population: 10,110)

Population per Square Mile: 76.63

Square Miles: 368.10

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)27,637580.4%6,484,192
Today (2018)28,206560.4%6,691,878
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*27,977580.4%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today2.1%25 3.2%

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

Components of Population Change, 2017-2018NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration6128 3,555
Net International Migration1636 9,227
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)119250.6%19,211

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2018NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)1,839536.5%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)5,1435218.2%17.2%
College Age (18 to 24)2,144587.6%9.8%
Young Adult (25 to 44)6,4505922.9%25.4%
Older Adult (45 to 64)7,4665826.5%25.6%
Seniors (65 and older)5,1645418.3%15.8%
Median Age40.2  Median Age = 37.9

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2018NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone82640.3%0.4%
Asian Alone191490.7%2.5%
Black Alone215580.8%9.8%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone12530.0%0.1%
White27,3645697.0%85.1%
Two or More Race Groups342511.2%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic27,3115696.8%92.9%
Hispanic895493.2%7.1%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2017 (Includes detail not shown below)10,94456100.0%100.0%
Married With Children2,2305620.4%18.8%
Married Without Children4,0685237.2%30.0%
Single Parents951548.7%9.6%
Living Alone2,8515626.1%28.3%

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 2018 (estimate)11,92459100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2017 (includes vacant units)11,80559100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
8,6895373.6%61.2%
Median Value (2017)$121,00036  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
2,2556119.1%27.7%
Median Rent (2017)$50553  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2018/2019 Total Reported) 4,996520.4%1,117,590
Public4,996500.5%1,054,903
Adults (25+ in 2017 ACS)18,701570.4%4,369,451
with High School diploma or higher91.3%10 88.3%
with B.A. or higher degree18.6%35 25.3%

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 2017$40,4764189.6%45,150
Median Household Income in 201755,22132102.0%$54,134
Poverty Rate in 20178.6%8364.7%13.3%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1811.7%8365.7%17.8%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201812830.2%6,032
Food Stamp Recipients in 20181,327740.2%605,854
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2018/20191,898610.4%514,915

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, 2017328560.4%82,170
Births to Teens, 201724530.5%5,152
Deaths, 2017342510.5%65,602

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2018NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force14,396550.4%3,381,713
Employed13,991550.4%3,265,580
Unemployed405670.3%116,133
Annual Unemployment Rate2.87582.4%3.4
August 2019 Unemployment Rate2.58478.1%3.2

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2017 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work14,629100.0%$615,499100.0%$42,074
Wage and Salary11,43978.2%$432,85870.3%$37,841
Farm Proprietors5233.6%$10,7001.7%$20,459
Nonfarm Proprietors2,66718.2%$54,3248.8%$20,369
Farm7064.8%$15,7612.6%$22,324
Nonfarm13,92395.2%$599,73897.4%$43,075
Private12,49385.4%$534,16886.8%$42,757
  Accommodation, Food Serv.6424.4%$9,9881.6%$15,558
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1150.8%$9510.2%$8,270
  Construction7435.1%$34,6475.6%$46,631
  Health Care, Social Serv.1,62111.1%$66,65610.8%$41,120
  InformationData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Manufacturing2,70718.5%$174,09528.3%$64,313
  Professional, Tech. Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Retail Trade1,3739.4%$34,0255.5%$24,782
  Trans., Warehousing1,51210.3%$74,69512.1%$49,401
  Wholesale Trade5263.6%$38,0446.2%$72,327
  Other Private (not above)2,599*17.8%*$78,563*12.8%*$30,228*
Government1,4309.8%$65,57010.7%$45,853

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, 2018UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed59100.0%100.0%$14,775$4,879,857
Single-Family5593.2%76.4%$14,218$4,269,197
2-Family46.8%2.0%556$49,353
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.2%$0$6,163
5+ Family00.0%21.4%$0$555,144

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 Wells County

NamePopulation
in 2018
Percent of County
Bluffton10,11035.8%
Markle4551.6%*
Ossian3,38912.0%
Poneto1720.6%
Uniondale3121.1%
Vera Cruz860.3%
Zanesville4851.7%*
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.
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