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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 (2021 population: 9,990)

Population per Square Mile: 102.59

Square Miles: 335.60

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)33,287490.5%6,484,050
Today (2021)34,430470.5%6,805,985
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*36,577450.5%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today3.4%22 5.0%

*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 Migration12838 14,280
Net International Migration359 4,756
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-1928-2.7%692

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2021NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)1,966465.7%6.0%
School Age (5 to 17)5,9234417.2%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)2,565537.4%9.7%
Young Adult (25 to 44)8,1954523.8%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)9,2724426.9%24.9%
Seniors (65 and older)6,5094318.9%16.4%
Median Age41.4  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 Alone141440.4%0.4%
Asian Alone186500.5%2.7%
Black Alone220620.6%10.2%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone13570.0%0.1%
White33,3374696.8%84.2%
Two or More Race Groups533431.5%2.3%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic33,5624597.5%92.3%
Hispanic868552.5%7.7%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2020 (Includes detail not shown below)13,82243100.0%100.0%
Married With Children2,4784617.9%18.3%
Married Without Children5,2043837.7%29.8%
Single Parents1,211418.8%9.3%
Living Alone3,3305024.1%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 2021 (estimate)14,93845100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2020 (includes vacant units)14,91148100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
11,2584075.5%62.3%
Median Value (2020)$151,90025  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
2,5645617.2%27.4%
Median Rent (2020)$59830  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2021/2022 Total Reported) 5,759430.5%1,120,155
Public5,720410.6%1,036,519
Adults (25+ in 2020 ACS)23,594450.5%4,466,180
with High School diploma or higher91.4%18 89.3%
with B.A. or higher degree22.4%26 27.2%

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 2021$53,9692495.5%56,497
Median Household Income in 202061,84137101.7%$60,794
Poverty Rate in 20207.2%8562.1%11.6%
Poverty Rate among Children under 188.6%8557.7%14.9%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 202111820.2%6,453
Food Stamp Recipients in 20211,473740.2%636,675
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2021/20221,735590.4%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, 2019377500.5%80,859
Births to Teens, 201712740.2%5,152
Deaths, 2019344470.5%66,005

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2021NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force17,253440.5%3,321,548
Employed16,793440.5%3,203,166
Unemployed460500.4%118,382
Annual Unemployment Rate2.76375.0%3.6
October 2022 Unemployment Rate2.37982.1%2.8

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 work17,786100.0%$1,026,187100.0%$57,696
Wage and Salary13,78577.5%$730,61771.2%$53,001
Farm Proprietors5793.3%$35,2453.4%$60,872
Nonfarm Proprietors3,42219.2%$81,3347.9%$23,768
Farm6753.8%$37,6403.7%$55,763
Nonfarm17,11196.2%$988,54796.3%$57,773
Private15,57487.6%$898,92487.6%$57,720
  Accommodation, Food Serv.9805.5%$18,0991.8%$18,468
  Arts, Ent., Recreation2191.2%$2,3030.2%$10,516
  Construction9895.6%$61,8546.0%$62,542
  Health Care, Social Serv.1,1486.5%$58,5335.7%$50,987
  Information1140.6%$6,4520.6%$56,596
  Manufacturing5,78132.5%$476,61446.4%$82,445
  Professional, Tech. Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Retail Trade1,6499.3%$59,8925.8%$36,320
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade5743.2%$49,3134.8%$85,911
  Other Private (not above)2,957*16.6%*$109,493*10.7%*$37,028*
Government1,5378.6%$89,6238.7%$58,310

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 Filed115100.0%100.0%$35,060$7,583,249
Single-Family11196.5%74.4%$34,310$6,692,956
2-Family43.5%2.4%750$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 Whitley County

NamePopulation
in 2021
Percent of County
Churubusco1,8685.4%
Columbia City9,99029.0%
Larwill2730.8%
South Whitley1,8165.3%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annual population estimates

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