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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: 118.07

Square Miles: 362.80

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)42,219350.7%6,484,192
Today (2017)42,836350.6%6,666,818
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*43,651350.6%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today1.5%23 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 Migration10817 -976
Net International Migration-689 11,410
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)116260.5%22,545

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 2016 (Includes detail not shown below)16,22136100.0%100.0%
Married With Children2,9933818.5%19.0%
Married Without Children5,6853535.0%30.0%
Single Parents1,431368.8%9.7%
Living Alone4,4843427.6%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)17,72336100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2016 (includes vacant units)17,64536100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
12,4063570.3%61.0%
Median Value (2016)$113,80044  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
3,8153721.6%27.8%
Median Rent (2016)$52537  

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 2016 ACS)28,274360.7%4,339,687
with High School diploma or higher89.7%19 88.1%
with B.A. or higher degree17.4%38 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$39,6824092.1%43,097
Median Household Income in 201652,59936100.6%$52,289
Poverty Rate in 20169.0%8064.3%14.0%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1813.2%7869.1%19.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201742320.6%6,790
Food Stamp Recipients in 20172,990430.5%656,297
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%3,327,139
Employed21,294340.7%3,180,104
Unemployed874360.6%147,035
Annual Unemployment Rate3.96988.6%4.4
February 2018 Unemployment Rate2.9187.9%3.3

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 work27,557100.0%$1,406,300100.0%$51,032
Wage and Salary22,71482.4%$1,035,31473.6%$45,580
Farm Proprietors7952.9%$5,3730.4%$6,758
Nonfarm Proprietors4,04814.7%$111,6987.9%$27,593
Farm8913.2%$8,5190.6%$9,561
Nonfarm26,66696.8%$1,397,78199.4%$52,418
Private24,47688.8%$1,286,44991.5%$52,560
  Accommodation, Food Serv.1,4715.3%$26,9111.9%$18,294
  Arts, Ent., Recreation3181.2%$3,7140.3%$11,679
  Construction1,0333.7%$49,4903.5%$47,909
  Health Care, Social Serv.1,9086.9%$86,6226.2%$45,399
  Information1230.4%$4,4060.3%$35,821
  Manufacturing9,27933.7%$692,06749.2%$74,584
  Professional, Tech. Serv.7342.7%$30,8022.2%$41,965
  Retail Trade2,0337.4%$52,0343.7%$25,595
  Trans., Warehousing1,8386.7%$103,9507.4%$56,556
  Wholesale TradeData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Other Private (not above)4,669*16.9%*$167,518*11.9%*$35,879*
Government2,1907.9%$111,3327.9%$50,837

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%
Garrett6,36014.8%
Hamilton2450.6%*
St. Joe4641.1%
Waterloo2,2485.2%
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.
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