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Hancock County, Indiana

Named in 1828 for John Hancock, signer of the Declaration of Independence

County Seat: Greenfield

Largest City: Greenfield (2016 population: 21,709)

Population per Square Mile: 240.91

Square Miles: 306.00

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)70,045231.1%6,484,136
Today (2016)73,717221.1%6,633,053
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*81,796181.2%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today5.2%10 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 Migration1,2014 -12,135
Net International Migration080 11,052
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)136250.6%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)4,098235.6%6.4%
School Age (5 to 17)13,2002117.9%17.4%
College Age (18 to 24)5,852247.9%10.0%
Young Adult (25 to 44)18,2272224.7%25.2%
Older Adult (45 to 64)20,8082128.2%26.1%
Seniors (65 and older)11,5322415.6%14.9%
Median Age40.4  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 Alone218280.3%0.4%
Asian Alone629260.9%2.2%
Black Alone1,960222.7%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone33250.0%0.1%
White69,8812294.8%85.6%
Two or More Race Groups996251.4%2.0%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic72,0572297.7%93.2%
Hispanic1,660352.3%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)26,34024100.0%100.0%
Married With Children6,1192023.2%19.2%
Married Without Children9,0332334.3%30.0%
Single Parents2,242238.5%9.8%
Living Alone6,1152423.2%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)29,54324100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2015 (includes vacant units)27,91224100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
20,6082273.8%61.9%
Median Value (2015)$156,3009  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
5,7322520.5%27.8%
Median Rent (2015)$6667  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2016/2017 Total Reported) 13,791191.2%1,110,866
Public13,573191.3%1,048,879
Adults (25+ in 2015 ACS)48,118221.1%4,316,273
with High School diploma or higher94%2 87.8%
with B.A. or higher degree28.3%8 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$43,94111104.8%41,940
Median Household Income in 201570,2774139.1%$50,510
Poverty Rate in 20156.0%8941.7%14.4%
Poverty Rate among Children under 188.1%8939.7%20.4%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201628510.4%7,519
Food Stamp Recipients in 20163,985320.6%722,928
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2016/20173,525280.7%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, 2015824221.0%84,008
Births to Teens, 201529510.5%5,876
Deaths, 2015669251.1%62,666

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2016NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force38,359211.2%3,326,893
Employed36,903211.2%3,179,806
Unemployed1,456251.0%147,087
Annual Unemployment Rate3.87486.4%4.4
August 2017 Unemployment Rate3.5197.2%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 work32,134100.0%$1,379,707100.0%$42,936
Wage and Salary22,98071.5%$995,44172.1%$43,318
Farm Proprietors5231.6%$-5,369-0.4%$-10,266
Nonfarm Proprietors8,63126.9%$165,32112.0%$19,154
Farm6272.0%$-1,778-0.1%$-2,836
Nonfarm31,50798.0%$1,381,485100.1%$43,847
Private27,47685.5%$1,163,91684.4%$42,361
  Accommodation, Food Serv.2,3457.3%$38,9702.8%$16,618
  Arts, Ent., Recreation5791.8%$4,8970.4%$8,458
  Construction2,5327.9%$138,38910.0%$54,656
  Health Care, Social Serv.2,4117.5%$90,2206.5%$37,420
  InformationData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Manufacturing3,58511.2%$227,59416.5%$63,485
  Professional, Tech. Serv.2,7318.5%$243,55617.7%$89,182
  Retail Trade3,32810.4%$85,2966.2%$25,630
  Trans., Warehousing1,0073.1%$48,4273.5%$48,090
  Wholesale Trade1,0393.2%$62,1694.5%$59,835
  Other Private (not above)5,646*17.6%*$143,422*10.4%*$25,402*
Government4,03112.5%$217,56915.8%$53,974

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 Filed487100.0%100.0%$88,539$3,875,847
Single-Family40783.6%75.2%$82,992$3,417,822
2-Family40.8%3.1%250$64,063
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.9%$0$21,320
5+ Family7615.6%20.9%$5,297$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 Hancock County

NamePopulation
in 2016
Percent of County
Cumberland2,8873.9%*
Fortville3,9985.4%*
Greenfield21,70929.4%
McCordsville6,4858.8%
New Palestine2,2833.1%
Shirley6380.9%*
Spring Lake2180.3%
Wilkinson4470.6%
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.
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