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Owen County, Indiana

Organized in 1819 and named for Battle of Tippecanoe hero Colonel Abraham Owen

County Seat: Spencer

Largest City: Spencer (2017 population: 2,250)

Population per Square Mile: 54.09

Square Miles: 385.30

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)21,582680.3%6,484,125
Today (2017)20,839690.3%6,660,082
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*21,302680.3%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-3.4%77 2.7%

*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-8058 -1,639
Net International Migration074 9,067
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-167-0.0%19,482

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2017NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)1,131715.4%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)3,3327216.0%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)1,547717.4%9.9%
Young Adult (25 to 44)4,5337221.8%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)6,3496830.5%25.9%
Seniors (65 and older)3,9476718.9%15.4%
Median Age44.5  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 Alone83630.4%0.4%
Asian Alone103630.5%2.4%
Black Alone92820.4%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone1870.0%0.1%
White20,3016997.4%85.4%
Two or More Race Groups259671.2%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic20,5826898.8%93.0%
Hispanic257811.2%7.0%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2017 (Includes detail not shown below)8,55168100.0%100.0%
Married With Children1,4537017.0%18.8%
Married Without Children3,1696737.1%30.0%
Single Parents580716.8%9.6%
Living Alone2,1976825.7%28.3%

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)10,16967100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2017 (includes vacant units)10,11767100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
6,7626666.8%61.2%
Median Value (2017)$110,20052  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
1,7897117.7%27.7%
Median Rent (2017)$49858  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2018/2019 Total Reported) 2,503750.2%1,117,590
Public2,503740.2%1,054,903
Adults (25+ in 2017 ACS)14,921690.3%4,369,451
with High School diploma or higher85.3%73 88.3%
with B.A. or higher degree12.7%76 25.3%

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 2017$38,0936084.4%45,150
Median Household Income in 201749,0446490.6%$54,134
Poverty Rate in 201714.7%20110.5%13.3%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1822.1%20124.2%17.8%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201824550.4%6,032
Food Stamp Recipients in 20181,885620.3%605,854
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2018/20191,330710.3%514,915

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, 2016212720.3%83,063
Births to Teens, 201614710.3%5,294
Deaths, 2016248650.4%63,492

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2017NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force9,162720.3%3,336,655
Employed8,763720.3%3,218,115
Unemployed399670.3%118,540
Annual Unemployment Rate4.47122.2%3.6
February 2019 Unemployment Rate5.410131.7%4.1

Source: STATS Indiana, using data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2017 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work7,409100.0%$328,570100.0%$44,347
Wage and Salary4,95866.9%$212,06864.5%$42,773
Farm Proprietors4766.4%$5,4741.7%$11,500
Nonfarm Proprietors1,97526.7%$41,57112.7%$21,049
Farm5407.3%$6,6022.0%$12,226
Nonfarm6,86992.7%$321,96898.0%$46,873
Private6,01481.2%$285,16686.8%$47,417
  Accommodation, Food Serv.3464.7%$7,4812.3%$21,621
  Arts, Ent., Recreation891.2%$6810.2%$7,652
  Construction5617.6%$22,0326.7%$39,273
  Health Care, Social Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  InformationData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Manufacturing1,98326.8%$156,00147.5%$78,669
  Professional, Tech. Serv.1952.6%$6,6042.0%$33,867
  Retail Trade75310.2%$14,7294.5%$19,560
  Trans., Warehousing2203.0%$10,0003.0%$45,455
  Wholesale TradeData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Other Private (not above)595*8.0%*$14,410*4.4%*$24,218*
Government85511.5%$36,80211.2%$43,043

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 Filed47100.0%100.0%$10,523$4,583,500
Single-Family47100.0%74.2%$10,523$4,038,599
2-Family00.0%2.0%0$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 Owen County

NamePopulation
in 2017
Percent of County
Gosport7953.8%
Spencer2,25010.8%
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