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Whitley County, Indiana

Named for Colonel William Whitley, fallen hero of the War of 1812

County Seat: Columbia City

Largest City: Columbia City (2023 population: 10,126)

Population per Square Mile: 103.52

Square Miles: 335.60

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2020)34,191470.5%6,484,050
Today (2023)34,742470.5%6,862,199
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*34,513480.5%7,014,880
Percent Change 2020 to Today1.6%21 1.1%

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

Components of Population Change, 2022-2023NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration14633 4,599
Net International Migration671 17,869
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)14260.2%7,508

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2023NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)1,904465.5%5.9%
School Age (5 to 17)5,9734417.2%17.2%
College Age (18 to 24)2,645517.6%9.6%
Young Adult (25 to 44)8,3144523.9%25.8%
Older Adult (45 to 64)8,9864425.9%24.2%
Seniors (65 and older)6,9204219.9%17.2%
Median Age41.4  Median Age = 38.2

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2023NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone157460.5%0.5%
Asian Alone190490.5%2.9%
Black Alone247610.7%10.4%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone14540.0%0.1%
White33,5574696.6%83.7%
Two or More Race Groups577421.7%2.5%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic33,7174597.0%91.2%
Hispanic1,025523.0%8.8%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2022 (Includes detail not shown below)13,82642100.0%100.0%
Married With Children2,6014318.8%18.1%
Married Without Children5,1374037.2%29.6%
Single Parents1,100478.0%9.0%
Living Alone3,2865123.8%29.4%

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 2023 (estimate)15,11645100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2022 (includes vacant units)14,86846100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
11,2324075.5%63.5%
Median Value (2022)$189,80022  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
2,5945217.4%27.1%
Median Rent (2022)$68027  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2022/2023 Total Reported) 5,612450.5%1,124,094
Public5,579420.5%1,035,718
Adults (25+ in 2022 ACS)23,775440.5%4,532,091
with High School diploma or higher91.8%21 90%
with B.A. or higher degree22.8%27 28.2%

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 2022$55,1932494.6%58,323
Median Household Income in 202272,44819108.5%$66,768
Poverty Rate in 20229.0%8272.0%12.5%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1810.8%8170.1%15.4%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 20226850.2%3,933
Food Stamp Recipients in 20221,213800.2%611,203
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2022/20231,771660.3%511,735

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, 2021359480.4%79,946
Births to Teens, 20217780.2%3,845
Deaths, 2019344470.5%66,005

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2023NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force17,928440.5%3,401,387
Employed17,436430.5%3,288,017
Unemployed492480.4%113,370
Annual Unemployment Rate2.77681.8%3.3
May 2024 Unemployment Rate3.5179.5%4.4

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2022 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work18,717100.0%$1,129,543100.0%$60,349
Wage and Salary14,35276.7%$824,57473.0%$57,454
Farm Proprietors5723.1%$34,5343.1%$60,374
Nonfarm Proprietors3,79320.3%$86,2677.6%$22,744
Farm6593.5%$37,3773.3%$56,718
Nonfarm18,05896.5%$1,092,16696.7%$60,481
Private16,50488.2%$1,001,70588.7%$60,695
  Accommodation, Food Serv.9585.1%$19,0501.7%$19,885
  Arts, Ent., Recreation2301.2%$3,0270.3%$13,161
  Construction9425.0%$61,1265.4%$64,890
  Health Care, Social Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Information1120.6%$6,2010.5%$55,366
  Manufacturing6,08232.5%$544,68548.2%$89,557
  Professional, Tech. Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Retail Trade1,6728.9%$65,1705.8%$38,977
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade6303.4%$57,2465.1%$90,867
  Other Private (not above)3,204*17.1%*$119,131*10.5%*$37,182*
Government1,5548.3%$90,4618.0%$58,212

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, 2023UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed91100.0%100.0%$25,609$7,695,489
Single-Family8795.6%63.0%$25,059$5,961,199
2-Family44.4%2.0%550$99,053
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.9%$0$40,460
5+ Family00.0%34.2%$0$1,594,777

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 Whitley County

NamePopulation
in 2023
Percent of County
Churubusco1,8665.4%
Columbia City10,12629.1%
Larwill2720.8%
South Whitley1,8185.2%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annual population estimates

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