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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 (2019 population: 9,234)

Population per Square Mile: 101.20

Square Miles: 335.60

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)33,287490.5%6,484,192
Today (2019)33,964470.5%6,732,219
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*36,577450.5%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today2.0%26 3.8%

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

Components of Population Change, 2018-2019NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-19277 3,997
Net International Migration1254 14,379
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)97280.5%18,536

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2019NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)2,038476.0%6.2%
School Age (5 to 17)5,7514816.9%17.1%
College Age (18 to 24)2,461537.2%9.8%
Young Adult (25 to 44)8,0394623.7%25.5%
Older Adult (45 to 64)9,3774327.6%25.2%
Seniors (65 and older)6,2984718.5%16.1%
Median Age41.8  Median Age = 37.9

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2019NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone142410.4%0.4%
Asian Alone180520.5%2.6%
Black Alone167690.5%9.9%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone14510.0%0.1%
White33,0304697.3%84.8%
Two or More Race Groups431451.3%2.2%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic33,2154697.8%92.7%
Hispanic749582.2%7.3%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2018 (Includes detail not shown below)13,54844100.0%100.0%
Married With Children2,6144519.3%18.6%
Married Without Children5,2113938.5%29.9%
Single Parents1,090448.0%9.5%
Living Alone3,2844924.2%28.5%

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 2019 (estimate)15,04148100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2018 (includes vacant units)14,67248100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
11,2663876.8%61.3%
Median Value (2018)$138,70026  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
2,2826115.6%27.6%
Median Rent (2018)$50361  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2019/2020 Total Reported) 4,829550.4%1,111,333
Public4,829530.5%1,050,614
Adults (25+ in 2018 ACS)23,262450.5%4,399,815
with High School diploma or higher92.7%8 88.6%
with B.A. or higher degree20.9%25 25.9%

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 2019$46,5552495.6%48,678
Median Household Income in 201867,7589121.6%$55,725
Poverty Rate in 20187.1%8754.6%13.0%
Poverty Rate among Children under 189.5%8654.3%17.5%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201911830.2%5,235
Food Stamp Recipients in 20191,366720.2%581,821
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2019/20201,442680.3%507,739

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, 2017412460.5%82,170
Births to Teens, 201712740.2%5,152
Deaths, 2017331530.5%65,602

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2019NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force17,881450.5%3,387,366
Employed17,354450.5%3,275,056
Unemployed527480.5%112,310
Annual Unemployment Rate2.96687.9%3.3
October 2020 Unemployment Rate3.47770.8%4.8

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2019 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work17,820100.0%$879,940100.0%$49,379
Wage and Salary13,76577.2%$629,93571.6%$45,764
Farm Proprietors5893.3%$14,8981.7%$25,294
Nonfarm Proprietors3,46619.5%$74,2848.4%$21,432
Farm7044.0%$17,6612.0%$25,087
Nonfarm17,11696.0%$862,27998.0%$50,379
Private15,53387.2%$778,32488.5%$50,108
  Accommodation, Food Serv.1,0005.6%$16,3001.9%$16,300
  Arts, Ent., Recreation2181.2%$1,5160.2%$6,954
  Construction9515.3%$60,2776.9%$63,383
  Health Care, Social Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  InformationData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Manufacturing5,66231.8%$413,97147.0%$73,114
  Professional, Tech. Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Retail Trade1,6399.2%$49,5845.6%$30,253
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale TradeData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Other Private (not above)2,274*12.8%*$75,079*8.5%*$33,016*
Government1,5838.9%$83,9559.5%$53,035

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, 2019UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed118100.0%100.0%$26,515$4,988,366
Single-Family118100.0%73.1%$26,515$4,298,385
2-Family00.0%1.6%0$48,202
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.7%$0$26,551
5+ Family00.0%24.6%$0$615,228

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 2019
Percent of County
Churubusco1,9795.8%
Columbia City9,23427.2%
Larwill2840.8%
South Whitley1,7415.1%
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