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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%6,484,051
Today (2019)83,779181.2%6,731,010
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 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 2019 (estimate)34,68720100.0%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 (2019/2020 Total Reported) 13,414201.2%1,111,333
Public12,438221.2%1,050,614
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, 2019NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force45,027181.3%3,382,491
Employed43,902181.3%3,273,070
Unemployed1,125241.0%109,421
Annual Unemployment Rate2.58878.1%3.2
February 2021 Unemployment Rate3.96083.0%4.7

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, 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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