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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 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 2016 (estimate)33,88620100.0%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 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
October 2017 Unemployment Rate2.68676.5%3.4

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, 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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