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Bartholomew County, Indiana

Named in 1821 for General Joseph Bartholomew, who fought in the Battle of Tippecanoe

County Seat: Columbus

Largest City: Columbus (2019 population: 48,046)

Population per Square Mile: 205.90

Square Miles: 406.90

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)76,783201.2%6,484,192
Today (2019)83,779181.2%6,732,219
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*84,496191.2%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today9.1%7 3.8%

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

Components of Population Change, 2018-2019NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration15118 3,997
Net International Migration6297 14,379
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)281141.5%18,536

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2019NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)5,443186.5%6.2%
School Age (5 to 17)14,4361817.2%17.1%
College Age (18 to 24)6,799208.1%9.8%
Young Adult (25 to 44)22,6771827.1%25.5%
Older Adult (45 to 64)20,5732224.6%25.2%
Seniors (65 and older)13,8511916.5%16.1%
Median Age37.6  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 Alone390180.5%0.4%
Asian Alone7,13388.5%2.6%
Black Alone1,974232.4%9.9%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone58210.1%0.1%
White72,8102086.9%84.8%
Two or More Race Groups1,414221.7%2.2%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic77,7601992.8%92.7%
Hispanic6,019147.2%7.3%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2018 (Includes detail not shown below)31,66919100.0%100.0%
Married With Children6,0842119.2%18.6%
Married Without Children9,9652031.5%29.9%
Single Parents2,809218.9%9.5%
Living Alone8,9151928.2%28.5%

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)34,68720100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2018 (includes vacant units)34,13420100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
22,5871966.2%61.3%
Median Value (2018)$143,80021  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
9,0821926.6%27.6%
Median Rent (2018)$7019  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2019/2020 Total Reported) 13,414201.2%1,111,333
Public12,438221.2%1,050,614
Adults (25+ in 2018 ACS)55,456191.3%4,399,815
with High School diploma or higher90.9%17 88.6%
with B.A. or higher degree32.3%6 25.9%

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 2018$49,9229105.9%47,149
Median Household Income in 201863,06715113.2%$55,725
Poverty Rate in 201810.1%6477.7%13.0%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1812.6%7072.0%17.5%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201962181.2%5,235
Food Stamp Recipients in 20195,339210.9%581,821
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2019/20205,351211.1%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, 20171,045191.3%82,170
Births to Teens, 201751231.0%5,152
Deaths, 2017767221.2%65,602

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2019NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force45,027181.3%3,387,366
Employed43,902181.3%3,275,056
Unemployed1,125241.0%112,310
Annual Unemployment Rate2.58875.8%3.3
August 2020 Unemployment Rate5.44883.1%6.5

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2018 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work61,915100.0%$4,029,042100.0%$65,074
Wage and Salary54,39487.9%$3,075,71776.3%$56,545
Farm Proprietors5240.8%$13,5960.3%$25,947
Nonfarm Proprietors6,99711.3%$264,8186.6%$37,847
Farm6211.0%$17,4440.4%$28,090
Nonfarm61,29499.0%$4,011,59899.6%$65,448
Private54,50088.0%$3,659,61090.8%$67,149
  Accommodation, Food Serv.4,0176.5%$90,6352.2%$22,563
  Arts, Ent., Recreation6481.0%$8,4560.2%$13,049
  Construction2,4664.0%$148,8933.7%$60,378
  Health Care, Social Serv.4,6477.5%$277,0516.9%$59,619
  Information4100.7%$23,9090.6%$58,315
  Manufacturing20,10132.5%$1,965,58548.8%$97,785
  Professional, Tech. Serv.2,6944.4%$174,7324.3%$64,860
  Retail Trade5,8139.4%$170,1194.2%$29,265
  Trans., Warehousing1,3162.1%$86,1882.1%$65,492
  Wholesale Trade1,8082.9%$205,9945.1%$113,935
  Other Private (not above)10,428*16.8%*$502,914*12.5%*$48,227*
Government6,79411.0%$351,9888.7%$51,809

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, 2019UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed189100.0%100.0%$44,516$4,988,366
Single-Family189100.0%73.1%$44,516$4,298,385
2-Family00.0%1.6%0$48,202
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.7%$0$26,551
5+ Family00.0%24.6%$0$615,228

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 Bartholomew County

NamePopulation
in 2019
Percent of County
Clifford2510.3%
Columbus48,04657.3%
Edinburgh3860.5%*
Elizabethtown5380.6%
Hartsville4000.5%
Hope2,2282.7%
Jonesville1940.2%
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.
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