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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 (2017 population: 9,044)

Population per Square Mile: 100.58

Square Miles: 335.60

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)33,291490.5%6,484,125
Today (2017)33,756470.5%6,660,082
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*35,333470.5%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today1.4%24 2.7%

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

Components of Population Change, 2016-2017NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration17112 -1,639
Net International Migration1245 9,067
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)91320.5%19,482

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2017NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)1,999475.9%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)5,7694717.1%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)2,574537.6%9.9%
Young Adult (25 to 44)7,9924623.7%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)9,5144528.2%25.9%
Seniors (65 and older)5,9084717.5%15.4%
Median Age41.4  Median Age = 37.7

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2017NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone138410.4%0.4%
Asian Alone165550.5%2.4%
Black Alone139700.4%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone12540.0%0.1%
Two or More Race Groups406451.2%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 2017 (estimate)14,76948100.0%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 (2016/2017 Total Reported) 4,727550.4%1,110,866
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 201718770.3%6,790
Food Stamp Recipients in 20171,535720.2%656,297
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2016/20171,243750.3%495,330

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, 2016405480.5%83,063
Births to Teens, 201626530.5%5,294
Deaths, 2016306580.5%63,492

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2017NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force17,198460.5%3,320,409
Annual Unemployment Rate2.97782.9%3.5
December 2018 Unemployment Rate2.96685.3%3.4

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, 2017UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed136100.0%100.0%$27,218$4,583,500
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.4%$0$13,000
5+ Family1813.2%23.4%$450$469,056

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 2017
Percent of County
Columbia City9,04426.8%
South Whitley1,7505.2%
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