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Wabash County, Indiana

Organized in 1835 and named for the Wabash River

County Seat: Wabash

Largest City: Wabash (2021 population: 10,349)

Population per Square Mile: 74.72

Square Miles: 412.40

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)32,888520.5%6,484,050
Today (2021)30,816530.5%6,805,985
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*29,627570.4%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today-6.3%87 5.0%

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

Components of Population Change, 2020-2021NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration17431 14,280
Net International Migration359 4,756
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-25084-36.1%692

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2021NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)1,599585.2%6.0%
School Age (5 to 17)4,8415615.7%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)3,051469.9%9.7%
Young Adult (25 to 44)6,8735422.3%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)8,0025226.0%24.9%
Seniors (65 and older)6,4504520.9%16.4%
Median Age42.3  Median Age = 38.1

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2021NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone234300.8%0.4%
Asian Alone190490.6%2.7%
Black Alone330471.1%10.2%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone8660.0%0.1%
White29,6585496.2%84.2%
Two or More Race Groups396501.3%2.3%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic29,9175397.1%92.3%
Hispanic899542.9%7.7%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2020 (Includes detail not shown below)12,70549100.0%100.0%
Married With Children2,2265417.5%18.3%
Married Without Children4,5314835.7%29.8%
Single Parents1,051498.3%9.3%
Living Alone3,4184826.9%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 2021 (estimate)14,05950100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2020 (includes vacant units)14,16250100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
9,6535068.2%62.3%
Median Value (2020)$109,60066  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
3,0524821.6%27.4%
Median Rent (2020)$51659  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2021/2022 Total Reported) 5,198480.5%1,120,155
Public5,150460.5%1,036,519
Adults (25+ in 2020 ACS)21,456510.5%4,466,180
with High School diploma or higher89.7%39 89.3%
with B.A. or higher degree18.9%40 27.2%

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 2020$46,8474390.2%51,926
Median Household Income in 202055,7506291.7%$60,794
Poverty Rate in 202010.6%4891.4%11.6%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1813.6%4891.3%14.9%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 202122540.3%6,453
Food Stamp Recipients in 20212,286520.4%636,675
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, 2019323560.4%80,859
Births to Teens, 201716680.3%5,152
Deaths, 2019515320.8%66,005

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2021NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force14,406540.4%3,321,548
Employed13,986540.4%3,203,166
Unemployed420530.4%118,382
Annual Unemployment Rate2.94880.6%3.6
August 2022 Unemployment Rate2.84090.3%3.1

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2020 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work15,434100.0%$726,985100.0%$47,103
Wage and Salary12,03178.0%$506,91469.7%$42,134
Farm Proprietors5773.7%$28,9144.0%$50,111
Nonfarm Proprietors2,82618.3%$63,3928.7%$22,432
Farm7885.1%$37,6405.2%$47,766
Nonfarm14,64694.9%$689,34594.8%$47,067
Private13,07284.7%$607,73183.6%$46,491
  Accommodation, Food Serv.9316.0%$18,3572.5%$19,718
  Arts, Ent., Recreation3222.1%$6,0820.8%$18,888
  Construction9386.1%$54,1607.4%$57,740
  Health Care, Social Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Information630.4%$6,0350.8%$95,794
  Manufacturing2,54916.5%$191,38326.3%$75,082
  Professional, Tech. Serv.3812.5%$16,3192.2%$42,832
  Retail Trade1,63410.6%$54,5757.5%$33,400
  Trans., Warehousing2711.8%$19,1932.6%$70,823
  Wholesale Trade4863.1%$30,5124.2%$62,782
  Other Private (not above)2,764*17.9%*$93,675*12.9%*$33,891*
Government1,57410.2%$81,61411.2%$51,851

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, 2021UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed45100.0%100.0%$9,913$7,583,249
Single-Family3782.2%74.4%$8,799$6,692,956
2-Family817.8%2.4%1,114$117,031
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.4%$0$30,324
5+ Family00.0%22.7%$0$742,937

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 2021
Percent of County
La Fontaine8252.7%
Lagro3401.1%
North Manchester5,41917.6%
Roann4311.4%
Wabash10,34933.6%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annual population estimates

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