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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: 203.37

Square Miles: 406.90

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)76,786201.2%6,484,192
Today (2018)82,753181.2%6,691,878
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*81,267201.2%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today7.8%7 3.2%

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

Components of Population Change, 2017-2018NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-44385 3,555
Net International Migration4447 9,227
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)321141.7%19,211

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 2017 (Includes detail not shown below)31,47219100.0%100.0%
Married With Children6,2442119.8%18.8%
Married Without Children9,8222131.2%30.0%
Single Parents2,932209.3%9.6%
Living Alone8,6501927.5%28.3%

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 2017 (includes vacant units)33,89720100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
22,3452065.9%61.2%
Median Value (2017)$139,40022  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
9,1271926.9%27.7%
Median Rent (2017)$67211  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2018/2019 Total Reported) 13,437201.2%1,117,590
Public12,433221.2%1,054,903
Adults (25+ in 2017 ACS)54,857191.3%4,369,451
with High School diploma or higher90.2%19 88.3%
with B.A. or higher degree31.2%6 25.3%

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 2017$47,8049105.9%45,150
Median Household Income in 201761,94314114.4%$54,134
Poverty Rate in 201710.6%6079.7%13.3%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1814.7%6082.6%17.8%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201870181.2%6,032
Food Stamp Recipients in 20185,601210.9%605,854
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2018/20195,466211.1%514,915

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, 2018NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force45,295181.3%3,381,713
Employed44,110181.4%3,265,580
Unemployed1,185231.0%116,133
Annual Unemployment Rate2.68776.5%3.4
April 2019 Unemployment Rate2.19167.7%3.1

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2017 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work61,149100.0%$3,764,045100.0%$61,555
Wage and Salary53,90488.2%$2,839,42975.4%$52,676
Farm Proprietors5310.9%$8,9930.2%$16,936
Nonfarm Proprietors6,71411.0%$247,8106.6%$36,909
Farm6121.0%$12,0270.3%$19,652
Nonfarm60,53799.0%$3,752,01899.7%$61,979
Private53,75987.9%$3,408,93990.6%$63,412
  Accommodation, Food Serv.3,9616.5%$87,9382.3%$22,201
  Arts, Ent., Recreation5991.0%$8,9820.2%$14,995
  Construction2,3603.9%$143,1043.8%$60,637
  Health Care, Social Serv.4,6227.6%$278,5937.4%$60,275
  Information4080.7%$22,5980.6%$55,387
  Manufacturing19,54732.0%$1,755,06646.6%$89,787
  Professional, Tech. Serv.2,5514.2%$161,9674.3%$63,492
  Retail Trade5,8199.5%$166,2434.4%$28,569
  Trans., Warehousing1,2172.0%$79,8242.1%$65,591
  Wholesale Trade1,8213.0%$204,5405.4%$112,323
  Other Private (not above)10,706*17.5%*$495,182*13.2%*$46,253*
Government6,77811.1%$343,0799.1%$50,617

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%
Columbus47,14357.0%
Edinburgh3860.5%*
Elizabethtown5250.6%
Hartsville3930.5%
Hope2,1802.6%
Jonesville1920.2%
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.
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