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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 (2016 population: 57,799)

Population per Square Mile: 281.71

Square Miles: 293.10

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)82,752181.3%6,484,136
Today (2016)82,568181.2%6,633,053
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*81,543191.2%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-0.2%39 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 Migration-5331 -12,135
Net International Migration4924 11,052
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)45460.2%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)5,066206.1%6.4%
School Age (5 to 17)13,7472016.6%17.4%
College Age (18 to 24)6,727218.1%10.0%
Young Adult (25 to 44)19,1761923.2%25.2%
Older Adult (45 to 64)22,3491827.1%26.1%
Seniors (65 and older)15,5031818.8%14.9%
Median Age41.5  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 Alone339190.4%0.4%
Asian Alone980201.2%2.2%
Black Alone6,066167.3%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone33250.0%0.1%
White72,9131988.3%85.6%
Two or More Race Groups2,237182.7%2.0%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic79,8611896.7%93.2%
Hispanic2,707263.3%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)34,41318100.0%100.0%
Married With Children5,6822216.5%19.2%
Married Without Children10,8841831.6%30.0%
Single Parents3,4361710.0%9.8%
Living Alone10,5401830.6%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)39,10618100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2015 (includes vacant units)38,73318100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
23,7311861.3%61.9%
Median Value (2015)$95,70064  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
10,6821827.6%27.8%
Median Rent (2015)$50446  

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 2015 ACS)57,030181.3%4,316,273
with High School diploma or higher88.1%32 87.8%
with B.A. or higher degree18.9%27 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$37,3565289.1%41,940
Median Household Income in 201547,3906093.8%$50,510
Poverty Rate in 201516.9%13117.4%14.4%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1824.8%14121.6%20.4%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 2016150122.0%7,519
Food Stamp Recipients in 201611,546131.6%722,928
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, 2015978201.2%84,008
Births to Teens, 201592141.6%5,876
Deaths, 20151,051171.7%62,666

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2016NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force38,176221.1%3,326,893
Employed36,396221.1%3,179,806
Unemployed1,780181.2%147,087
Annual Unemployment Rate4.728106.8%4.4
August 2017 Unemployment Rate4.140102.5%4.0

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 work48,871100.0%$2,532,087100.0%$51,812
Wage and Salary41,41484.7%$1,960,64177.4%$47,342
Farm Proprietors3950.8%$-12,563-0.5%$-31,805
Nonfarm Proprietors7,06214.5%$129,7595.1%$18,374
Farm4731.0%$-8,517-0.3%$-18,006
Nonfarm48,39899.0%$2,540,604100.3%$52,494
Private42,97487.9%$2,288,67490.4%$53,257
  Accommodation, Food Serv.4,2248.6%$76,3653.0%$18,079
  Arts, Ent., Recreation4731.0%$4,4650.2%$9,440
  Construction1,7063.5%$76,5763.0%$44,886
  Health Care, Social Serv.6,04312.4%$309,58212.2%$51,230
  Information2950.6%$14,0680.6%$47,688
  Manufacturing11,98324.5%$1,208,37147.7%$100,840
  Professional, Tech. Serv.1,2382.5%$48,7581.9%$39,384
  Retail Trade5,95312.2%$152,1046.0%$25,551
  Trans., Warehousing8711.8%$41,6801.6%$47,853
  Wholesale Trade1,0472.1%$71,8692.8%$68,643
  Other Private (not above)9,003*18.4%*$281,005*11.1%*$31,212*
Government5,42411.1%$251,9309.9%$46,447

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 Filed318100.0%100.0%$34,057$3,875,847
Single-Family11636.5%75.2%$16,204$3,417,822
2-Family41.3%3.1%310$64,063
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.9%$0$21,320
5+ Family19862.3%20.9%$17,543$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 Howard County

NamePopulation
in 2016
Percent of County
Greentown2,3752.9%
Kokomo57,79970.0%
Russiaville1,0971.3%
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