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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 (2018 population: 9,155)

Population per Square Mile: 101.53

Square Miles: 335.60

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)33,290490.5%6,484,192
Today (2018)34,074470.5%6,691,878
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*35,333470.5%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today2.4%24 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 Migration20113 3,555
Net International Migration1046 9,227
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)91280.5%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)2,074466.1%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)5,8254517.1%17.2%
College Age (18 to 24)2,546527.5%9.8%
Young Adult (25 to 44)8,0684523.7%25.4%
Older Adult (45 to 64)9,4374427.7%25.6%
Seniors (65 and older)6,1244718.0%15.8%
Median Age41.4  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 Alone147410.4%0.4%
Asian Alone195470.6%2.5%
Black Alone155690.5%9.8%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone14490.0%0.1%
Two or More Race Groups435451.3%2.1%
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 2017 (Includes detail not shown below)13,46943100.0%100.0%
Married With Children2,6344619.6%18.8%
Married Without Children5,1544038.3%30.0%
Single Parents1,009507.5%9.6%
Living Alone3,3454824.8%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)14,88748100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2017 (includes vacant units)14,59647100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Value (2017)$131,60026  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Rent (2017)$46274  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2018/2019 Total Reported) 4,787550.4%1,117,590
Adults (25+ in 2017 ACS)23,080450.5%4,369,451
with High School diploma or higher91.1%12 88.3%
with B.A. or higher degree19.5%31 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$42,7152594.6%45,150
Median Household Income in 201760,12618111.1%$54,134
Poverty Rate in 20178.5%8463.9%13.3%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1810.4%8658.4%17.8%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201813800.2%6,032
Food Stamp Recipients in 20181,366720.2%605,854
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2018/20191,449680.3%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, 2017412460.5%82,170
Births to Teens, 201712740.2%5,152
Deaths, 2017331530.5%65,602

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2018NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force17,645450.5%3,381,713
Annual Unemployment Rate2.96985.3%3.4
August 2019 Unemployment Rate2.81100.0%2.8

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 work17,019100.0%$776,738100.0%$45,639
Wage and Salary13,02476.5%$553,73771.3%$42,517
Farm Proprietors6173.6%$4,4670.6%$7,240
Nonfarm Proprietors3,37819.8%$68,5108.8%$20,281
  Accommodation, Food Serv.9585.6%$15,0481.9%$15,708
  Arts, Ent., Recreation2051.2%$1,8220.2%$8,888
  Health Care, Social Serv.1,1556.8%$47,7136.1%$41,310
  Professional, Tech. Serv.3902.3%$7,6161.0%$19,528
  Retail Trade1,5969.4%$43,7615.6%$27,419
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade5213.1%$31,9594.1%$61,342
  Other Private (not above)3,030*17.8%*$91,058*11.7%*$30,052*

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 Filed184100.0%100.0%$33,992$4,879,857
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.2%$0$6,163
5+ Family4725.5%21.4%$3,615$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 Whitley County

in 2018
Percent of County
Columbia City9,15526.9%
South Whitley1,7595.2%
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