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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 (2016 population: 46,850)

Population per Square Mile: 200.05

Square Miles: 406.90

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)76,786201.2%6,484,136
Today (2016)81,402191.2%6,633,053
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*81,267201.2%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today6.0%6 2.3%

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

Components of Population Change, 2015-2016NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-21365 -12,135
Net International Migration2988 11,052
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)353141.6%22,358

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2016NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)5,493186.7%6.4%
School Age (5 to 17)13,9881917.2%17.4%
College Age (18 to 24)6,765208.3%10.0%
Young Adult (25 to 44)21,9781827.0%25.2%
Older Adult (45 to 64)20,5922325.3%26.1%
Seniors (65 and older)12,5861915.5%14.9%
Median Age37.6  Median Age = 37.6

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2016NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone402180.5%0.4%
Asian Alone5,47286.7%2.2%
Black Alone1,879232.3%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone62170.1%0.1%
White72,2552088.8%85.6%
Two or More Race Groups1,332221.6%2.0%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic76,0731993.5%93.2%
Hispanic5,329146.5%6.8%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2015 (Includes detail not shown below)30,51819100.0%100.0%
Married With Children6,0772119.9%19.2%
Married Without Children9,7272131.9%30.0%
Single Parents2,704228.9%9.8%
Living Alone8,3151927.2%28.0%

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 2016 (estimate)33,88620100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2015 (includes vacant units)32,91520100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
21,5882065.6%61.9%
Median Value (2015)$136,00019  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
8,9301927.1%27.8%
Median Rent (2015)$63711  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2016/2017 Total Reported) 13,367201.2%1,110,866
Public12,425211.2%1,048,879
Adults (25+ in 2015 ACS)53,618191.2%4,316,273
with High School diploma or higher90.3%13 87.8%
with B.A. or higher degree29.4%6 24.1%

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 2015$45,5758108.7%41,940
Median Household Income in 201555,58020110.0%$50,510
Poverty Rate in 201511.9%5382.6%14.4%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1815.5%6776.0%20.4%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201691181.2%7,519
Food Stamp Recipients in 20166,736210.9%722,928
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2016/20175,360211.1%495,330

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, 20151,096181.3%84,008
Births to Teens, 201564211.1%5,876
Deaths, 2015751221.2%62,666

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2016NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force44,457181.3%3,326,893
Employed42,955181.4%3,179,806
Unemployed1,502231.0%147,087
Annual Unemployment Rate3.48877.3%4.4
August 2017 Unemployment Rate3.18977.5%4.0

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2015 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work60,433100.0%$3,541,079100.0%$58,595
Wage and Salary52,88987.5%$2,718,49176.8%$51,400
Farm Proprietors5380.9%$7,7640.2%$14,431
Nonfarm Proprietors7,00611.6%$205,9145.8%$29,391
Farm6071.0%$10,8080.3%$17,806
Nonfarm59,82699.0%$3,530,27199.7%$59,009
Private53,26888.1%$3,203,53090.5%$60,140
  Accommodation, Food Serv.3,9976.6%$79,5742.2%$19,908
  Arts, Ent., Recreation5941.0%$8,2050.2%$13,813
  Construction2,2763.8%$130,3923.7%$57,290
  Health Care, Social Serv.4,3307.2%$251,2907.1%$58,035
  Information5090.8%$26,9500.8%$52,947
  Manufacturing19,66732.5%$1,717,91848.5%$87,350
  Professional, Tech. Serv.2,4534.1%$148,7994.2%$60,660
  Retail Trade5,6699.4%$142,2264.0%$25,088
  Trans., Warehousing1,1151.8%$61,7541.7%$55,385
  Wholesale Trade1,8683.1%$177,6925.0%$95,124
  Other Private (not above)10,633*17.6%*$454,238*12.8%*$42,720*
Government6,55810.9%$326,7419.2%$49,823

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, 2016UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed300100.0%100.0%$52,293$3,875,847
Single-Family300100.0%75.2%$52,293$3,417,822
2-Family00.0%3.1%0$64,063
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.9%$0$21,320
5+ Family00.0%20.9%$0$372,642

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 2016
Percent of County
Clifford2350.3%
Columbus46,85057.6%
Edinburgh3890.5%*
Elizabethtown5150.6%
Hartsville3900.5%
Hope2,1582.7%
Jonesville1850.2%
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.
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