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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 (2021 population: 265,974)

Population per Square Mile: 180.0

Square Miles: 4,371.3

Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)751,792411.6%6,484,050
Today (2021)786,708411.5%6,813,532
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*801,642411.2%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today4.6%4 5.1%

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

Components of Population Change, 2020-2021NumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration1,4134 5,230
Net International Migration2946 15,490
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)1,1262110.0%1,024

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2021NumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)51,87036.6%6.0%
School Age (5 to 17)144,027418.3%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)72,06149.2%9.7%
Young Adult (25 to 44)195,789424.9%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)191,777424.4%24.9%
Seniors (65 and older)131,184316.7%16.4%

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2021NumberRank of 12Pct Dist.
in Region
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone3,56240.5%0.4%
Asian Alone22,53032.9%2.7%
Black Alone54,36446.9%10.2%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone66620.1%0.1%
Two or More Race Groups19,38632.5%2.3%
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 2021 (includes detail not shown below)301,4623100.0%100.0%
Married With Children58,930519.5%18.2%
Married Without Children92,062130.5%29.8%
Single Parents27,57019.1%9.2%
Living Alone84,762228.1%29.1%

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 2021 (estimate)337,2394100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2021 (includes vacant units)333,0124100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied (Pct. distribution based on all housing units)221,929366.6%62.9%
Renter Occupied (Pct. distribution based on all housing units)79,533423.9%27.2%

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

EducationNumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2021/2022 Total Reported) 125,785411.2%1,120,155

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 2021$52,204892.4%$56,497
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 2022414310.5%3,933
Food Stamp Recipients in 202264,343310.5%611,203
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2021/202251,730410.7%481,568

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, 201910,458312.9%80,859
Births to Teens, 2017640212.4%5,152
Deaths, 20197,824411.9%66,005

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2021NumberRank of 12Percent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force379,719411.4%3,321,548
Annual Unemployment Rate3.2788.9%3.6
December 2022 Unemployment Rate2.2791.7%2.4

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2021 EmploymentPct Dist.
in Region
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In Region
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work464,993100.0%$27,276,039100.0%$58,659
Wage and Salary370,10779.6%$19,243,76870.6%$51,995
Farm Proprietors9,3402.0%$560,3282.1%$59,992
Nonfarm Proprietors85,54618.4%$3,034,54211.1%$35,473
  Accommodation, Food Serv.29,0766.3%$722,7832.6%$24,858
  Arts, Ent., Recreation6,7851.5%$108,1520.4%$15,940
  Health Care, Social Serv.44,909*9.7%*$3,444,333*12.6%*$76,696*
  Professional, Tech. Serv.13,396*2.9%*$899,019*3.3%*$67,111*
  Retail Trade46,80610.1%$1,759,2836.4%$37,587
  Trans., Warehousing21,016*4.5%*$1,240,586*4.5%*$59,031*
  Wholesale Trade13,655*2.9%*$1,236,934*4.5%*$90,585*
  Other Private (not above)97,451*21.0%*$4,424,168*16.2%*$45,399*

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 Region
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed2,818100.0%100.0%$766,685$7,583,249
3- and 4-Family110.4%0.4%$1,471$30,324
5+ Family160.6%22.7%$1,657$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 Economic Growth Region 3

in 2021
Percent of Region
Columbia City9,9901.3%
Fort Wayne265,97433.8%
New Haven15,7322.0%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annual population estimates

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