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Economic Growth Region 3

Counties include: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Grant, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, Whitley

Largest City: Fort Wayne (2017 population: 265,904)

Population per Square Mile: 175.8

Square Miles: 4,371.3

Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)751,785411.6%6,484,125
Today (2017)768,454411.5%6,666,818
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*779,832411.4%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today2.2%6 2.8%

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

Components of Population Change, 2016-2017NumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-7396 -976
Net International Migration8316 11,410
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)3,556315.8%22,545

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2017NumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)52,35136.8%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)140,350418.3%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)71,52949.3%9.9%
Young Adult (25 to 44)186,906424.3%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)196,920425.6%25.9%
Seniors (65 and older)120,398315.7%15.4%

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2017NumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone3,38540.4%0.4%
Asian Alone17,88542.3%2.4%
Black Alone51,63436.7%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone55930.1%0.1%
Two or More Race Groups16,72632.2%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2016 (includes detail not shown below)290,8643100.0%100.0%
Married With Children56,756519.5%19.0%
Married Without Children91,826131.6%30.0%
Single Parents28,03319.6%9.7%
Living Alone81,072227.9%28.2%

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

HousingNumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Total Housing Units in 2017 (estimate)331,9374100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2016 (includes vacant units)325,8084100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied (Pct. distribution based on all housing units)209,946364.4%61.0%
Renter Occupied (Pct. distribution based on all housing units)80,918424.8%27.8%

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

EducationNumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2016/2017 Total Reported) 123,301411.1%1,110,866

Sources: Indiana Department of Education; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

Income and PovertyNumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
Per Capita Personal Income (annual) in 2016$40,170893.2%$43,097
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 2017677310.0%6,790
Food Stamp Recipients in 201770,079310.7%656,297
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2016/201751,509310.4%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 12Percent of StateIndiana
Births, 201610,326312.4%83,063
Births to Teens, 2015734212.5%5,876
Deaths, 20157,191411.5%62,666

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2017NumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force379,623411.4%3,320,409
Annual Unemployment Rate3.2991.4%3.5
July 2018 Unemployment Rate3.2791.4%3.5

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2016 EmploymentPct Dist.
in Region
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In Region
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work455,065100.0%$21,884,900100.0%$48,092
Wage and Salary367,17180.7%$15,418,77470.5%$41,993
Farm Proprietors9,9512.2%$248,6631.1%$24,989
Nonfarm Proprietors77,94317.1%$2,340,33410.7%$30,026
  Accommodation, Food Serv.29,171*6.4%*$553,179*2.5%*$18,963*
  Arts, Ent., Recreation6,332*1.4%*$95,813*0.4%*$15,132*
  Health Care, Social Serv.45,640*10.0%*$2,790,769*12.8%*$61,147*
  Professional, Tech. Serv.13,606*3.0%*$740,685*3.4%*$54,438*
  Retail Trade46,25010.2%$1,350,8616.2%$29,208
  Trans., Warehousing17,403*3.8%*$1,006,544*4.6%*$57,837*
  Wholesale Trade14,341*3.2%*$872,296*4.0%*$60,825*
  Other Private (not above)93,068*20.5%*$3,411,754*15.6%*$36,659*

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 Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed2,541100.0%100.0%$501,469$4,583,500
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.4%$0$13,000
5+ Family45617.9%23.4%$43,887$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 Economic Growth Region 3

in 2017
Percent of Region
Columbia City9,0441.2%
Fort Wayne265,90434.6%
New Haven15,5602.0%
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