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DeKalb County, Indiana

Formed in 1837 and named for Baron DeKalb, a Revolutionary War hero

County Seat: Auburn

Largest City: Auburn (2016 population: 13,052)

Population per Square Mile: 117.82

Square Miles: 362.80

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)42,223350.7%6,484,136
Today (2016)42,746350.6%6,633,053
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*43,651350.6%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today1.2%23 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 Migration3616 -12,135
Net International Migration754 11,052
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)149240.7%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)2,713356.3%6.4%
School Age (5 to 17)7,8593218.4%17.4%
College Age (18 to 24)3,555388.3%10.0%
Young Adult (25 to 44)10,2353523.9%25.2%
Older Adult (45 to 64)11,7513527.5%26.1%
Seniors (65 and older)6,6333715.5%14.9%
Median Age39.2  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 Alone125440.3%0.4%
Asian Alone232430.5%2.2%
Black Alone188580.4%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone29300.1%0.1%
White41,6963597.5%85.6%
Two or More Race Groups476421.1%2.0%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic41,5513497.2%93.2%
Hispanic1,195402.8%6.8%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2015 (Includes detail not shown below)16,24735100.0%100.0%
Married With Children3,0943719.0%19.2%
Married Without Children5,4423633.5%30.0%
Single Parents1,373368.5%9.8%
Living Alone4,3893527.0%28.0%

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 2016 (estimate)17,72336100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2015 (includes vacant units)17,51936100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
12,4963371.3%61.9%
Median Value (2015)$110,10051  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
3,7513821.4%27.8%
Median Rent (2015)$51143  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2016/2017 Total Reported) 6,896350.6%1,110,866
Public6,820350.7%1,048,879
Adults (25+ in 2015 ACS)28,125360.7%4,316,273
with High School diploma or higher88.1%32 87.8%
with B.A. or higher degree17%42 24.1%

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 2015$37,9454690.5%41,940
Median Household Income in 201552,38231103.7%$50,510
Poverty Rate in 201510.5%6972.9%14.4%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1814.9%7173.0%20.4%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201649310.6%7,519
Food Stamp Recipients in 20163,376420.5%722,928
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2016/20172,913360.6%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, 2015530350.6%84,008
Births to Teens, 201543300.7%5,876
Deaths, 2015413380.7%62,666

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2016NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force22,168340.7%3,326,893
Employed21,294340.7%3,179,806
Unemployed874360.6%147,087
Annual Unemployment Rate3.96988.6%4.4
August 2017 Unemployment Rate3.4194.4%3.6

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2015 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work27,445100.0%$1,361,277100.0%$49,600
Wage and Salary22,50882.0%$1,023,19075.2%$45,459
Farm Proprietors7962.9%$-601-0.0%$-755
Nonfarm Proprietors4,14115.1%$100,7707.4%$24,335
Farm8913.2%$2,6450.2%$2,969
Nonfarm26,55496.8%$1,358,63299.8%$51,165
Private24,36588.8%$1,250,43091.9%$51,321
  Accommodation, Food Serv.1,4195.2%$28,1612.1%$19,846
  Arts, Ent., Recreation3241.2%$3,6980.3%$11,414
  Construction1,0153.7%$49,4253.6%$48,695
  Health Care, Social Serv.1,8416.7%$80,7375.9%$43,855
  Information1250.5%$3,8760.3%$31,008
  Manufacturing8,88632.4%$626,65346.0%$70,521
  Professional, Tech. Serv.8042.9%$37,4712.8%$46,606
  Retail Trade1,9467.1%$50,0723.7%$25,731
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade1,6085.9%$109,1238.0%$67,863
  Other Private (not above)5,026*18.3%*$181,996*13.4%*$36,211*
Government2,1898.0%$108,2027.9%$49,430

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 Filed151100.0%100.0%$31,240$3,875,847
Single-Family151100.0%75.2%$31,240$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 DeKalb County

NamePopulation
in 2016
Percent of County
Altona1940.5%
Ashley6371.5%*
Auburn13,05230.5%
Butler2,7036.3%
Corunna2550.6%
Garrett6,36014.9%
Hamilton2450.6%*
St. Joe4641.1%
Waterloo2,2485.3%
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.
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