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Howard County, Indiana

Formed in 1844 and named for T.A. Howard, Indiana representative to Congress

County Seat: Kokomo

Largest City: Kokomo (2017 population: 57,836)

Population per Square Mile: 281.01

Square Miles: 293.10

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)82,752181.3%6,484,192
Today (2017)82,363181.2%6,666,818
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*81,543191.2%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-0.5%38 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 Migration-2547 -976
Net International Migration2632 11,410
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)28530.1%22,545

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2017NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)5,089206.2%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)13,5892016.5%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)6,720208.2%9.9%
Young Adult (25 to 44)19,1032123.2%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)22,1311826.9%25.9%
Seniors (65 and older)15,7311819.1%15.4%
Median Age41.5  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 Alone343190.4%0.4%
Asian Alone943211.1%2.4%
Black Alone6,185167.5%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone35260.0%0.1%
White72,6061988.2%85.4%
Two or More Race Groups2,251182.7%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic79,5711896.6%93.0%
Hispanic2,792273.4%7.0%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2016 (Includes detail not shown below)34,41118100.0%100.0%
Married With Children5,5182216.0%19.0%
Married Without Children10,7521831.2%30.0%
Single Parents3,5961710.5%9.7%
Living Alone10,5741830.7%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 2017 (estimate)39,53018100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2016 (includes vacant units)38,73218100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
23,5391860.8%61.0%
Median Value (2016)$97,90064  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
10,8721828.1%27.8%
Median Rent (2016)$51943  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2016/2017 Total Reported) 14,173181.3%1,110,866
Public13,811181.3%1,048,879
Adults (25+ in 2016 ACS)57,226181.3%4,339,687
with High School diploma or higher88.5%32 88.1%
with B.A. or higher degree19.5%28 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$38,6104989.6%43,097
Median Household Income in 201649,2045794.1%$52,289
Poverty Rate in 201614.8%28105.7%14.0%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1821.3%27111.5%19.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 2017135112.0%6,790
Food Stamp Recipients in 201710,612131.6%656,297
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2016/20177,004171.4%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, 2016993201.2%83,063
Births to Teens, 201592141.6%5,876
Deaths, 20151,051171.7%62,666

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2017NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force37,983221.1%3,320,409
Employed36,534221.1%3,203,351
Unemployed1,449181.2%117,058
Annual Unemployment Rate3.826108.6%3.5
July 2018 Unemployment Rate3.542100.0%3.5

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 work49,999100.0%$2,619,456100.0%$52,390
Wage and Salary42,59185.2%$1,992,75476.1%$46,788
Farm Proprietors3940.8%$12,5480.5%$31,848
Nonfarm Proprietors7,01414.0%$126,6424.8%$18,056
Farm4730.9%$16,4590.6%$34,797
Nonfarm49,52699.1%$2,602,99799.4%$52,558
Private44,14288.3%$2,347,98589.6%$53,192
  Accommodation, Food Serv.4,4218.8%$81,7443.1%$18,490
  Arts, Ent., Recreation4310.9%$4,2560.2%$9,875
  Construction1,7123.4%$81,6443.1%$47,689
  Health Care, Social Serv.6,33612.7%$332,08012.7%$52,412
  Information3000.6%$14,7620.6%$49,207
  Manufacturing12,19224.4%$1,212,27446.3%$99,432
  Professional, Tech. Serv.1,3932.8%$54,0412.1%$38,795
  Retail Trade5,99812.0%$157,3106.0%$26,227
  Trans., Warehousing1,0122.0%$48,7781.9%$48,200
  Wholesale Trade1,0272.1%$69,8172.7%$67,981
  Other Private (not above)9,185*18.4%*$286,860*11.0%*$31,231*
Government5,38410.8%$255,0129.7%$47,365

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 Filed92100.0%100.0%$15,545$4,583,500
Single-Family9097.8%74.2%$15,395$4,038,599
2-Family22.2%2.0%150$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 Howard County

NamePopulation
in 2017
Percent of County
Greentown2,3692.9%
Kokomo57,83670.2%
Russiaville1,0941.3%
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