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Wabash County, Indiana

Organized in 1835 and named for the Wabash River

County Seat: Wabash

Largest City: Wabash (2020 population: 9,845)

Population per Square Mile: 74.65

Square Miles: 412.40

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)32,888520.5%6,484,050
Today (2020)30,784540.5%6,754,953
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*29,627570.4%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today-6.4%88 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-12867 1,323
Net International Migration757 8,743
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-12487-0.9%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)1,618595.3%6.1%
School Age (5 to 17)4,6895715.2%17.0%
College Age (18 to 24)3,051459.9%9.7%
Young Adult (25 to 44)6,7425521.9%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)7,9735125.9%24.9%
Seniors (65 and older)6,7114221.8%16.5%
Median Age42.9  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 Alone230290.7%0.4%
Asian Alone191480.6%2.7%
Black Alone300511.0%10.1%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone8640.0%0.1%
White29,6795496.4%84.5%
Two or More Race Groups376491.2%2.2%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic29,9205397.2%92.6%
Hispanic864552.8%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)12,86247100.0%100.0%
Married With Children2,2345517.4%18.5%
Married Without Children4,5514835.4%29.7%
Single Parents1,022487.9%9.3%
Living Alone3,6534428.4%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)14,20050100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2019 (includes vacant units)14,15450100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
9,5165167.2%61.5%
Median Value (2019)$100,50071  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
3,3464523.6%27.5%
Median Rent (2019)$51655  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2019/2020 Total Reported) 5,407470.5%1,111,333
Public5,339460.5%1,050,614
Adults (25+ in 2019 ACS)21,643510.5%4,430,493
with High School diploma or higher88.8%42 88.8%
with B.A. or higher degree18.1%42 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$43,9554190.3%48,678
Median Household Income in 201959,87429103.9%$57,617
Poverty Rate in 201910.9%4591.6%11.9%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1814.7%4697.4%15.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 202027460.4%6,657
Food Stamp Recipients in 20202,237530.3%659,095
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2019/20202,709410.5%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, 2017316600.4%82,170
Births to Teens, 201716680.3%5,152
Deaths, 2017458340.7%65,602

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2020NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force14,499540.4%3,319,010
Employed13,615540.4%3,082,982
Unemployed884560.4%236,028
Annual Unemployment Rate6.16285.9%7.1
June 2021 Unemployment Rate3.94983.0%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 work16,514100.0%$715,233100.0%$43,311
Wage and Salary12,81277.6%$501,48470.1%$39,142
Farm Proprietors5833.5%$10,3851.5%$17,813
Nonfarm Proprietors3,11918.9%$75,69710.6%$24,270
Farm8174.9%$19,6782.8%$24,086
Nonfarm15,69795.1%$695,55597.2%$44,311
Private14,07485.2%$613,69885.8%$43,605
  Accommodation, Food Serv.1,0486.3%$20,8712.9%$19,915
  Arts, Ent., Recreation4002.4%$6,7440.9%$16,860
  Construction9485.7%$49,5746.9%$52,293
  Health Care, Social Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Information690.4%$10,2281.4%$148,232
  Manufacturing2,78716.9%$196,26427.4%$70,421
  Professional, Tech. Serv.4122.5%$15,6912.2%$38,085
  Retail Trade1,67010.1%$54,1467.6%$32,423
  Trans., Warehousing2941.8%$23,0373.2%$78,357
  Wholesale Trade4883.0%$30,8384.3%$63,193
  Other Private (not above)2,983*18.1%*$90,618*12.7%*$30,378*
Government1,6239.8%$81,85711.4%$50,436

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 Filed39100.0%100.0%$8,662$5,872,297
Single-Family39100.0%76.2%$8,662$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 Wabash County

NamePopulation
in 2020
Percent of County
La Fontaine8102.6%
Lagro3881.3%
North Manchester5,71218.6%
Roann4511.5%
Wabash9,84532.0%
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