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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 (2020 population: 48,445)

Population per Square Mile: 207.54

Square Miles: 406.90

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)76,782201.2%6,484,050
Today (2020)84,447181.3%6,754,953
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*84,496191.2%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today10.0%7 4.2%

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

Components of Population Change, 2019-2020NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-29882 1,323
Net International Migration4186 8,743
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)261121.9%13,740

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2020NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)5,408176.4%6.1%
School Age (5 to 17)14,7281817.4%17.0%
College Age (18 to 24)6,643207.9%9.7%
Young Adult (25 to 44)22,8331827.0%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)20,5812124.4%24.9%
Seniors (65 and older)14,2541916.9%16.5%
Median Age37.8  Median Age = 38.0

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2020NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone403180.5%0.4%
Asian Alone7,09898.4%2.7%
Black Alone2,116232.5%10.1%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone77160.1%0.1%
White73,3162086.8%84.5%
Two or More Race Groups1,437221.7%2.2%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic77,8701992.2%92.6%
Hispanic6,577137.8%7.4%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2019 (Includes detail not shown below)31,45219100.0%100.0%
Married With Children6,0502119.2%18.5%
Married Without Children9,9032031.5%29.7%
Single Parents2,592238.2%9.3%
Living Alone8,6221927.4%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 2020 (estimate)34,81020100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2019 (includes vacant units)34,34720100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
22,4702165.4%61.5%
Median Value (2019)$153,50017  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
8,9821926.2%27.5%
Median Rent (2019)$7448  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2020/2021 Total Reported) 13,469211.2%1,112,460
Public12,456211.2%1,033,286
Adults (25+ in 2019 ACS)55,986191.3%4,430,493
with High School diploma or higher90.6%22 88.8%
with B.A. or higher degree33.5%6 26.5%

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 2019$52,5468107.9%48,678
Median Household Income in 201971,1819123.5%$57,617
Poverty Rate in 201911.2%4294.1%11.9%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1815.9%37105.3%15.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 202064201.0%6,657
Food Stamp Recipients in 20205,660220.9%659,095
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, 2020NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force43,802181.3%3,319,010
Employed40,975181.3%3,082,982
Unemployed2,827191.2%236,028
Annual Unemployment Rate6.54691.5%7.1
August 2021 Unemployment Rate2.97672.5%4.0

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2019 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work62,220100.0%$4,136,798100.0%$66,487
Wage and Salary54,48787.6%$3,167,00976.6%$58,124
Farm Proprietors4980.8%$17,5780.4%$35,297
Nonfarm Proprietors7,23511.6%$256,2236.2%$35,414
Farm5830.9%$20,7100.5%$35,523
Nonfarm61,63799.1%$4,116,08899.5%$66,779
Private54,93888.3%$3,738,67590.4%$68,053
  Accommodation, Food Serv.3,9666.4%$90,0912.2%$22,716
  Arts, Ent., Recreation6931.1%$8,9740.2%$12,949
  Construction2,3833.8%$150,7283.6%$63,251
  Health Care, Social Serv.4,7207.6%$289,2817.0%$61,288
  Information4040.6%$20,5020.5%$50,748
  Manufacturing20,23732.5%$1,966,62647.5%$97,180
  Professional, Tech. Serv.2,7524.4%$183,2644.4%$66,593
  Retail Trade5,7339.2%$184,4514.5%$32,174
  Trans., Warehousing1,2172.0%$92,2752.2%$75,822
  Wholesale Trade1,8653.0%$223,7905.4%$119,995
  Other Private (not above)10,828*17.4%*$523,801*12.7%*$48,375*
Government6,69910.8%$377,4139.1%$56,339

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, 2020UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed169100.0%100.0%$43,019$5,872,297
Single-Family169100.0%76.2%$43,019$5,209,930
2-Family00.0%2.5%0$83,895
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.8%$0$25,965
5+ Family00.0%20.6%$0$552,508

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 2020
Percent of County
Clifford2520.3%
Columbus48,44557.4%
Edinburgh3900.5%*
Elizabethtown5400.6%
Hartsville4040.5%
Hope2,2482.7%
Jonesville1950.2%
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annual population estimates

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