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Howard County, Indiana

Formed in 1844 and named for T.A. Howard, Indiana representative to Congress

County Seat: Kokomo

Largest City: Kokomo (2023 population: 59,890)

Population per Square Mile: 286.02

Square Miles: 293.10

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2020)83,658181.3%6,484,050
Today (2023)83,831201.2%6,862,199
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*80,786231.2%7,014,880
Percent Change 2020 to Today0.2%36 1.1%

*Projection based on 2015 Census population estimates.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Components of Population Change, 2022-2023NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration50110 4,599
Net International Migration5831 17,869
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-27089-3.6%7,508

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2023NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)4,945195.9%5.9%
School Age (5 to 17)14,3002117.1%17.2%
College Age (18 to 24)6,775218.1%9.6%
Young Adult (25 to 44)20,3142124.2%25.8%
Older Adult (45 to 64)20,6112024.6%24.2%
Seniors (65 and older)16,8861820.1%17.2%
Median Age40.3  Median Age = 38.2

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2023NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone426200.5%0.5%
Asian Alone1,133221.4%2.9%
Black Alone7,010168.4%10.4%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone57230.1%0.1%
White72,4222286.4%83.7%
Two or More Race Groups2,783183.3%2.5%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic80,2591995.7%91.2%
Hispanic3,572264.3%8.8%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2022 (Includes detail not shown below)34,95718100.0%100.0%
Married With Children5,0362514.4%18.1%
Married Without Children10,1972229.2%29.6%
Single Parents3,336189.5%9.0%
Living Alone10,9391831.3%29.4%

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 2023 (estimate)40,02318100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2022 (includes vacant units)39,61318100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
25,0521963.2%63.5%
Median Value (2022)$143,10061  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
9,9051825.0%27.1%
Median Rent (2022)$68926  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2022/2023 Total Reported) 13,340221.2%1,124,094
Public12,911201.2%1,035,718
Adults (25+ in 2022 ACS)57,679181.3%4,532,091
with High School diploma or higher91.3%26 90%
with B.A. or higher degree19.8%40 28.2%

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 2022$47,3887581.3%58,323
Median Household Income in 202256,9607985.3%$66,768
Poverty Rate in 202215.2%14121.6%12.5%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1821.2%6137.7%15.4%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 202277111.9%3,933
Food Stamp Recipients in 202210,828121.8%611,203
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2022/20236,678171.3%511,735

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, 2021971191.2%79,946
Births to Teens, 202159131.5%3,845
Deaths, 20191,121171.7%66,005

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2023NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force33,780241.0%3,401,387
Employed32,090241.0%3,288,017
Unemployed1,690181.5%113,370
Annual Unemployment Rate5.01151.5%3.3
May 2024 Unemployment Rate5.71129.5%4.4

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2022 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work45,315100.0%$2,741,860100.0%$60,507
Wage and Salary37,35482.4%$2,115,64577.2%$56,638
Farm Proprietors3590.8%$24,5940.9%$68,507
Nonfarm Proprietors7,60216.8%$151,9545.5%$19,989
Farm4321.0%$28,8221.1%$66,718
Nonfarm44,88399.0%$2,713,03898.9%$60,447
Private39,91688.1%$2,437,20088.9%$61,058
  Accommodation, Food Serv.4,3319.6%$104,9503.8%$24,232
  Arts, Ent., Recreation4451.0%$4,7180.2%$10,602
  Construction1,9034.2%$105,2523.8%$55,308
  Health Care, Social Serv.5,57212.3%$372,81913.6%$66,909
  Information2880.6%$15,3500.6%$53,299
  Manufacturing9,32320.6%$1,094,34139.9%$117,381
  Professional, Tech. Serv.1,3953.1%$66,8942.4%$47,953
  Retail Trade5,41011.9%$186,7946.8%$34,528
  Trans., Warehousing1,3823.0%$56,2622.1%$40,711
  Wholesale Trade9812.2%$86,9373.2%$88,621
  Other Private (not above)8,739*19.3%*$339,309*12.4%*$38,827*
Government4,96711.0%$275,83810.1%$55,534

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, 2023UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed138100.0%100.0%$39,522$7,695,489
Single-Family11482.6%63.0%$33,317$5,961,199
2-Family2417.4%2.0%6,206$99,053
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.9%$0$40,460
5+ Family00.0%34.2%$0$1,594,777

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 Howard County

NamePopulation
in 2023
Percent of County
Greentown2,4052.9%
Kokomo59,89071.4%
Russiaville1,3101.6%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annual population estimates

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