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Lawrence County, Indiana

Named for War of 1812 captain James "Don't give up the ship" Lawrence and organized in 1818

County Seat: Bedford

Largest City: Bedford (2017 population: 13,296)

Population per Square Mile: 101.66

Square Miles: 449.20

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)46,129320.7%6,484,192
Today (2017)45,666320.7%6,666,818
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*45,815320.7%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-1.0%44 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 Migration12315 -976
Net International Migration1841 11,410
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-4685-0.2%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)2,551375.6%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)7,4823816.4%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)3,418407.5%9.9%
Young Adult (25 to 44)10,4093422.8%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)12,8243128.1%25.9%
Seniors (65 and older)8,9822819.7%15.4%
Median Age43.2  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 Alone199290.4%0.4%
Asian Alone333340.7%2.4%
Black Alone229540.5%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone12540.0%0.1%
White44,3093297.0%85.4%
Two or More Race Groups584341.3%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic44,8993098.3%93.0%
Hispanic767541.7%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)18,42629100.0%100.0%
Married With Children3,4393418.7%19.0%
Married Without Children6,7492936.6%30.0%
Single Parents1,592318.6%9.7%
Living Alone4,6463125.2%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)21,15429100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2016 (includes vacant units)20,95729100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
14,2822968.1%61.0%
Median Value (2016)$103,40057  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
4,1443419.8%27.8%
Median Rent (2016)$46468  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2016/2017 Total Reported) 6,732360.6%1,110,866
Public6,541370.6%1,048,879
Adults (25+ in 2016 ACS)31,959300.7%4,339,687
with High School diploma or higher88.4%36 88.1%
with B.A. or higher degree14.3%63 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$36,9696285.8%43,097
Median Household Income in 201647,9976191.8%$52,289
Poverty Rate in 201613.7%3697.9%14.0%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1820.8%31108.9%19.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201743310.6%6,790
Food Stamp Recipients in 20174,035280.6%656,297
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2016/20173,260320.7%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, 2016496370.6%83,063
Births to Teens, 201541330.7%5,876
Deaths, 2015533280.9%62,666

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2017NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force20,776360.6%3,320,409
Employed19,864360.6%3,203,351
Unemployed912290.8%117,058
Annual Unemployment Rate4.47125.7%3.5
May 2018 Unemployment Rate3.712115.6%3.2

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 work19,203100.0%$738,301100.0%$38,447
Wage and Salary14,25674.2%$538,29272.9%$37,759
Farm Proprietors7063.7%$-1,855-0.3%$-2,627
Nonfarm Proprietors4,24122.1%$63,2488.6%$14,913
Farm7463.9%$-264-0.0%$-354
Nonfarm18,45796.1%$738,565100.0%$40,015
Private16,13684.0%$633,35685.8%$39,251
  Accommodation, Food Serv.1,2636.6%$21,8233.0%$17,279
  Arts, Ent., Recreation2031.1%$1,8110.2%$8,921
  Construction1,1706.1%$52,3537.1%$44,746
  Health Care, Social Serv.2,67413.9%$106,16114.4%$39,701
  Information1710.9%$6,6870.9%$39,105
  Manufacturing2,40412.5%$185,82625.2%$77,299
  Professional, Tech. Serv.8744.6%$41,7975.7%$47,823
  Retail Trade2,61713.6%$61,8358.4%$23,628
  Trans., Warehousing4642.4%$22,4723.0%$48,431
  Wholesale Trade3331.7%$12,3271.7%$37,018
  Other Private (not above)3,372*17.6%*$107,063*14.5%*$31,751*
Government2,32112.1%$105,20914.3%$45,329

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 Filed16100.0%100.0%$1,722$4,583,500
Single-Family1062.5%74.2%$647$4,038,599
2-Family637.5%2.0%1,075$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 Lawrence County

NamePopulation
in 2017
Percent of County
Bedford13,29629.1%
Mitchell4,2619.3%
Oolitic1,1602.5%
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