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EGR 3 consists of Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Grant, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties.

Economic Growth Region 3 Analysis

EGR 3 is in northeast Indiana on the borders of Ohio and Michigan.

The region is home to many rivers and lakes, such as the mighty Wabash, Maumee, St. Joseph and St. Mary’s rivers. Numerous lakes traverse through LaGrange, Noble, and Steuben counties. Wabash and Huntington counties are also home of the Salamonie River State Forest.

EGR 3’s population center is Fort Wayne, the second-most populous city in Indiana. The region’s industry base is centered on manufacturing and health care. The Parkview and Lutheran hospital networks have a foothold in each county in the region. The health care industry is supported by medical device manufacturing in Allen and Whitley counties.

Entertainment and education are significant in the region. Fort Wayne is home to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, where the Mad Ants (the Pacers G-League affiliate) and the Komets (a minor league hockey team) call home. The region’s educational institutions include Trine University, Taylor University, Purdue–Fort Wayne, Huntington University, Indiana Wesleyan University, University of St. Francis, and Manchester University. The region’s top employers include the Parkview and Lutheran hospital systems, L3Harris and GM Fort Wayne.

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795,233 Population (EGR 3)
3.1 Unemployment Rate (EGR 3)
$43.2 billion Personal Income (EGR 3)
$26.37 Average Wage (Fort Wayne MSA)
$21.44 Median Wage (Fort Wayne MSA)
236,200 Nonfarm Employment (Fort Wayne MSA)
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Top 10 Occupation Groups by Growth
(2021-2031 long-term projections)

  1. Legal occupations
  2. Healthcare support occupations
  3. Personal care and service occupations
  4. Computer and mathematical occupations
  5. Community and social services occupations
  6. Transportation and material moving occupations
  7. Food preparation and serving related occupations
  8. Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations
  9. Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations
  10. Business and financial operations occupations

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Indiana Department of Workforce Development

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Top 10 Industry Sectors
(Based on 2023 annual average employment)

  1. Manufacturing
  2. Health Care and Social Services
  3. Retail Trade
  4. Accommodation and Food Services
  5. Educational Services
  6. Transportation & Warehousing
  7. Construction
  8. Admin, Support, Waste Management
  9. Wholesale Trade
  10. Finance and Insurance

Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

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Major Employers (Based on number of employees)

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  • Parkview Regional Medical Center
  • Lutheran Hospital
  • Indiana Wesleyan University
  • L3Harris
  • Sweetwater Sound Inc.
  • General Motors Fort Wayne
  • BF Goodrich Tire Mfg
  • General Motors Marion Metal
  • Raytheon Co.
  • Peyton's Northern Distribution

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Note: The list of regional employers on this page was updated October 2023 to include local insights.

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Major Educational Institutions

Purdue University Fort Wayne Four-year Fort Wayne
Ivy Tech - Northeast Two-year Fort Wayne
Concordia Theological Seminary Independent Fort Wayne
Huntington University Independent Huntington
Indiana Institute of Technology Independent Fort Wayne
Indiana Wesleyan University Independent Marion
Manchester University Independent North Manchester
Taylor University Independent Upland
Trine University Independent Angola
University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne Independent Fort Wayne

Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education

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Largest Cities and Towns in Economic Growth Region 3

Name Population in 2022 Percent of region County
Fort Wayne 267,927 33.9% Allen
Marion 28,030 3.5% Grant
Huntington 17,023 2.2% Huntington
New Haven 15,843 2.0% Allen
Auburn 13,724 1.7% DeKalb
Bluffton 10,379 1.3% Wells
Wabash 10,347 1.3% Wabash
Kendallville 10,222 1.3% Noble
Columbia City 10,086 1.3% Whitley
Decatur 9,990 1.3% Adams

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annnual population estimates

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EGR 3 IN Depth Regional Profile

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County Highlights

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Labor Force Projections

These are the official labor force projections to 2050 released in September 2018 by the Indiana Business Research Center.


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