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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 (2017 population: 47,143)

Population per Square Mile: 201.62

Square Miles: 406.90

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)76,786201.2%6,484,192
Today (2017)82,040191.2%6,666,818
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*81,267201.2%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today6.8%7 2.8%

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

Components of Population Change, 2016-2017NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-63387 -976
Net International Migration3927 11,410
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)409131.8%22,545

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2017NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)5,395186.6%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)14,1101817.2%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)6,592218.0%9.9%
Young Adult (25 to 44)22,1111827.0%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)20,6802325.2%25.9%
Seniors (65 and older)13,1521916.0%15.4%
Median Age37.9  Median Age = 37.7

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2017NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone397180.5%0.4%
Asian Alone5,90987.2%2.4%
Black Alone1,849232.3%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone61190.1%0.1%
White72,4542088.3%85.4%
Two or More Race Groups1,370221.7%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic76,5471993.3%93.0%
Hispanic5,493156.7%7.0%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2016 (Includes detail not shown below)31,07319100.0%100.0%
Married With Children6,2542020.1%19.0%
Married Without Children9,8432031.7%30.0%
Single Parents2,687228.6%9.7%
Living Alone8,5881927.6%28.2%

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 2017 (estimate)34,36120100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2016 (includes vacant units)33,57120100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
21,7792064.9%61.0%
Median Value (2016)$137,50021  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
9,2941927.7%27.8%
Median Rent (2016)$65510  

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 2016 ACS)54,155191.2%4,339,687
with High School diploma or higher90.3%14 88.1%
with B.A. or higher degree29.7%6 24.6%

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 2016$47,3867110.0%43,097
Median Household Income in 201659,76514114.3%$52,289
Poverty Rate in 201611.7%5483.6%14.0%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1815.1%6879.1%19.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201782171.2%6,790
Food Stamp Recipients in 20176,159210.9%656,297
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, 20161,086181.3%83,063
Births to Teens, 201564211.1%5,876
Deaths, 2015751221.2%62,666

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2017NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force44,516181.3%3,320,409
Employed43,307181.4%3,203,351
Unemployed1,209221.0%117,058
Annual Unemployment Rate2.78677.1%3.5
July 2018 Unemployment Rate2.6170.3%3.7

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2016 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work60,926100.0%$3,660,066100.0%$60,074
Wage and Salary53,54587.9%$2,746,93375.1%$51,301
Farm Proprietors5380.9%$19,9370.5%$37,058
Nonfarm Proprietors6,84311.2%$250,0416.8%$36,540
Farm6081.0%$22,8820.6%$37,635
Nonfarm60,31899.0%$3,637,18499.4%$60,300
Private53,64188.0%$3,297,72290.1%$61,478
  Accommodation, Food Serv.4,0506.6%$84,7662.3%$20,930
  Arts, Ent., Recreation5600.9%$7,9040.2%$14,114
  Construction2,2143.6%$134,1413.7%$60,588
  Health Care, Social Serv.4,6917.7%$270,5517.4%$57,674
  Information4760.8%$27,6380.8%$58,063
  Manufacturing19,66532.3%$1,722,83547.1%$87,609
  Professional, Tech. Serv.2,4554.0%$148,5274.1%$60,500
  Retail Trade5,7419.4%$152,9384.2%$26,640
  Trans., Warehousing1,1481.9%$79,2422.2%$69,026
  Wholesale Trade1,8823.1%$191,5255.2%$101,767
  Other Private (not above)10,614*17.4%*$472,546*12.9%*$44,521*
Government6,67711.0%$339,4629.3%$50,840

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, 2017UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed204100.0%100.0%$49,578$4,583,500
Single-Family204100.0%74.2%$49,578$4,038,599
2-Family00.0%2.0%0$62,844
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.4%$0$13,000
5+ Family00.0%23.4%$0$469,056

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 2017
Percent of County
Clifford2400.3%
Columbus47,14357.5%
Edinburgh3860.5%*
Elizabethtown5250.6%
Hartsville3930.5%
Hope2,1802.7%
Jonesville1920.2%
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.
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