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Blackford County, Indiana

Named for Isaac Blackford, speaker of the first Indiana General Assembly and a State Supreme Court judge

County Seat: Hartford City

Largest City: Hartford City (2020 population: 5,668)

Population per Square Mile: 71.36

Square Miles: 165.10

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)12,766840.2%6,484,050
Today (2020)11,782850.2%6,754,953
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*10,517860.1%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today-7.7%92 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 Migration2534 1,323
Net International Migration369 8,743
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-3271-0.2%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)678835.8%6.1%
School Age (5 to 17)1,8878616.0%17.0%
College Age (18 to 24)881847.5%9.7%
Young Adult (25 to 44)2,5458521.6%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)3,2178527.3%24.9%
Seniors (65 and older)2,5748421.8%16.5%
Median Age44.0  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 Alone28890.2%0.4%
Asian Alone68760.6%2.7%
Black Alone108800.9%10.1%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone4790.0%0.1%
White11,3878596.6%84.5%
Two or More Race Groups187801.6%2.2%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic11,5568598.1%92.6%
Hispanic226851.9%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)5,23583100.0%100.0%
Married With Children7078613.5%18.5%
Married Without Children2,0208238.6%29.7%
Single Parents418818.0%9.3%
Living Alone1,5228229.1%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)6,00384100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2019 (includes vacant units)6,01984100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
3,9118465.0%61.5%
Median Value (2019)$70,60092  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
1,3247922.0%27.5%
Median Rent (2019)$44485  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2020/2021 Total Reported) 1,508860.1%1,112,460
Public1,508860.1%1,033,286
Adults (25+ in 2019 ACS)8,503850.2%4,430,493
with High School diploma or higher89.4%33 88.8%
with B.A. or higher degree13.5%74 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$38,8138179.7%48,678
Median Household Income in 201946,8119081.2%$57,617
Poverty Rate in 201912.8%25107.6%11.9%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1818.4%22121.9%15.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 202013800.2%6,657
Food Stamp Recipients in 20201,502740.2%659,095
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2019/2020926830.2%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, 2017125840.2%82,170
Births to Teens, 201712740.2%5,152
Deaths, 2017182790.3%65,602

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2020NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force4,826870.1%3,319,010
Employed4,442870.1%3,082,982
Unemployed384840.2%236,028
Annual Unemployment Rate8.012112.7%7.1
August 2021 Unemployment Rate4.513112.5%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 work4,364100.0%$183,200100.0%$41,980
Wage and Salary3,25574.6%$124,31867.9%$38,193
Farm Proprietors2205.0%$6,3983.5%$29,082
Nonfarm Proprietors88920.4%$17,7549.7%$19,971
Farm2756.3%$8,3704.6%$30,436
Nonfarm4,08993.7%$174,83095.4%$42,756
Private3,53681.0%$147,46780.5%$41,704
  Accommodation, Food Serv.2756.3%$5,3062.9%$19,295
  Arts, Ent., Recreation601.4%$7030.4%$11,717
  Construction2555.8%$11,9336.5%$46,796
  Health Care, Social Serv.3989.1%$17,1599.4%$43,113
  InformationData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Manufacturing89520.5%$56,97931.1%$63,664
  Professional, Tech. Serv.1323.0%$6,0413.3%$45,765
  Retail Trade4309.9%$9,7115.3%$22,584
  Trans., Warehousing1954.5%$9,6015.2%$49,236
  Wholesale TradeData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Other Private (not above)272*6.2%*$8,437*4.6%*$31,018*
Government55312.7%$27,36314.9%$49,481

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 Filed3100.0%100.0%$470$5,872,297
Single-Family3100.0%76.2%$470$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 Blackford County

NamePopulation
in 2020
Percent of County
Dunkirk1331.1%*
Hartford City5,66848.1%
Montpelier1,66614.1%
Shamrock Lakes2171.8%
* 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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