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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 (2020 population: 9,416)

Population per Square Mile: 102.44

Square Miles: 335.60

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)33,287490.5%6,484,050
Today (2020)34,378470.5%6,754,953
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*36,577450.5%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today3.3%23 4.2%

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

Components of Population Change, 2019-2020NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration48810 1,323
Net International Migration954 8,743
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)17370.1%13,740

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2020NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)1,989475.8%6.1%
School Age (5 to 17)5,8254516.9%17.0%
College Age (18 to 24)2,573537.5%9.7%
Young Adult (25 to 44)8,1514623.7%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)9,3524327.2%24.9%
Seniors (65 and older)6,4884618.9%16.5%
Median Age41.6  Median Age = 38.0

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2020NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone137460.4%0.4%
Asian Alone182510.5%2.7%
Black Alone204630.6%10.1%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone14540.0%0.1%
White33,3554697.0%84.5%
Two or More Race Groups486431.4%2.2%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic33,5794597.7%92.6%
Hispanic799562.3%7.4%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2019 (Includes detail not shown below)13,74243100.0%100.0%
Married With Children2,6984219.6%18.5%
Married Without Children5,0264136.6%29.7%
Single Parents1,149418.4%9.3%
Living Alone3,4994625.5%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 2020 (estimate)15,15248100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2019 (includes vacant units)14,78948100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
11,2933876.4%61.5%
Median Value (2019)$143,10027  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
2,4495716.6%27.5%
Median Rent (2019)$52150  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2020/2021 Total Reported) 4,756540.4%1,112,460
Public4,724530.5%1,033,286
Adults (25+ in 2019 ACS)23,372450.5%4,430,493
with High School diploma or higher91.8%14 88.8%
with B.A. or higher degree20.7%29 26.5%

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 201967,34713116.9%$57,617
Poverty Rate in 20197.7%8364.7%11.9%
Poverty Rate among Children under 189.4%8462.3%15.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 202010860.2%6,657
Food Stamp Recipients in 20201,464760.2%659,095
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, 2020NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force17,155450.5%3,319,010
Employed16,139450.5%3,082,982
Unemployed1,016500.4%236,028
Annual Unemployment Rate5.96783.1%7.1
August 2021 Unemployment Rate4.023100.0%4.0

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, 2020UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed92100.0%100.0%$26,823$5,872,297
Single-Family92100.0%76.2%$26,823$5,209,930
2-Family00.0%2.5%0$83,895
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.8%$0$25,965
5+ Family00.0%20.6%$0$552,508

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 2020
Percent of County
Churubusco1,9995.8%
Columbia City9,41627.4%
Larwill2880.8%
South Whitley1,7455.1%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annual population estimates

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