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Noble County, Indiana

Created in 1836 and named for Indiana's first U.S. senator, James Noble

County Seat: Albion

Largest City: Kendallville (2019 population: 9,894)

Population per Square Mile: 116.44

Square Miles: 410.80

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)47,538300.7%6,484,050
Today (2020)47,832300.7%6,754,953
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*49,555300.7%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today0.6%34 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 Migration-24280 1,323
Net International Migration3429 8,743
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)133171.0%13,740

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2019NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)3,157306.6%6.2%
School Age (5 to 17)8,4493017.7%17.1%
College Age (18 to 24)4,016308.4%9.8%
Young Adult (25 to 44)11,5862924.3%25.5%
Older Adult (45 to 64)12,6513126.5%25.2%
Seniors (65 and older)7,8853216.5%16.1%
Median Age39.3  Median Age = 37.9

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2019NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone207310.4%0.4%
Asian Alone258390.5%2.6%
Black Alone557391.2%9.9%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone28340.1%0.1%
White46,0832996.5%84.8%
Two or More Race Groups611341.3%2.2%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic42,7193289.5%92.7%
Hispanic5,0252010.5%7.3%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2019 (Includes detail not shown below)18,27631100.0%100.0%
Married With Children3,7492920.5%18.5%
Married Without Children6,1103033.4%29.7%
Single Parents1,615318.8%9.3%
Living Alone4,7413125.9%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 2019 (estimate)20,76730100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2019 (includes vacant units)20,55530100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
14,0023068.1%61.5%
Median Value (2019)$125,80044  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
4,2743520.8%27.5%
Median Rent (2019)$54343  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2019/2020 Total Reported) 7,382340.7%1,111,333
Public7,099340.7%1,050,614
Adults (25+ in 2019 ACS)31,520310.7%4,430,493
with High School diploma or higher83.6%85 88.8%
with B.A. or higher degree13.7%72 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$40,7996683.8%48,678
Median Household Income in 201960,98027105.8%$57,617
Poverty Rate in 20197.8%8165.5%11.9%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1811.0%7872.8%15.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 202019630.3%6,657
Food Stamp Recipients in 20202,656460.4%659,095
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2019/20203,585320.7%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, 2017629300.8%82,170
Births to Teens, 201748240.9%5,152
Deaths, 2017457350.7%65,602

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2020NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force22,709310.7%3,319,010
Employed20,804330.7%3,082,982
Unemployed1,905260.8%236,028
Annual Unemployment Rate8.46118.3%7.1
March 2021 Unemployment Rate4.24389.4%4.7

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 work24,779100.0%$1,197,251100.0%$48,317
Wage and Salary19,60379.1%$828,75469.2%$42,277
Farm Proprietors9994.0%$13,1471.1%$13,160
Nonfarm Proprietors4,17716.9%$142,75911.9%$34,177
Farm1,2104.9%$21,2261.8%$17,542
Nonfarm23,56995.1%$1,176,02598.2%$49,897
Private21,55587.0%$1,068,73689.3%$49,582
  Accommodation, Food Serv.1,2224.9%$19,9731.7%$16,345
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1910.8%$2,5930.2%$13,576
  Construction1,0084.1%$56,5414.7%$56,092
  Health Care, Social Serv.1,4135.7%$64,9625.4%$45,975
  Information1980.8%$21,7961.8%$110,081
  Manufacturing9,32137.6%$628,54952.5%$67,434
  Professional, Tech. Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Retail Trade2,1638.7%$67,4545.6%$31,185
  Trans., Warehousing6412.6%$20,2421.7%$31,579
  Wholesale Trade6072.4%$37,9773.2%$62,565
  Other Private (not above)3,944*15.9%*$117,639*9.8%*$29,827*
Government2,0148.1%$107,2899.0%$53,272

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 Filed142100.0%100.0%$31,547$5,872,297
Single-Family13293.0%76.2%$30,697$5,209,930
2-Family107.0%2.5%850$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 Noble County

NamePopulation
in 2019
Percent of County
Albion2,3735.0%
Avilla2,4545.1%
Cromwell5091.1%
Kendallville9,89420.7%
Ligonier4,3799.2%
Rome City1,3972.9%
Wolcottville5561.2%*
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.
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