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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 (2016 population: 2,271)

Population per Square Mile: 54.09

Square Miles: 385.30

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)21,583680.3%6,484,136
Today (2016)20,840690.3%6,634,007
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*21,302680.3%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-3.4%80 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 Migration4415 -10,480
Net International Migration269 11,461
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-3078-0.1%22,480

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2016NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)1,122745.4%6.4%
School Age (5 to 17)3,4007216.3%17.4%
College Age (18 to 24)1,527717.3%10.0%
Young Adult (25 to 44)4,5887222.0%25.2%
Older Adult (45 to 64)6,4446830.9%26.1%
Seniors (65 and older)3,7596918.0%14.9%
Median Age44.2  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 Alone75650.4%0.4%
Asian Alone94650.5%2.2%
Black Alone89780.4%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone2820.0%0.1%
White20,3216997.5%85.6%
Two or More Race Groups259661.2%2.0%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic20,5856898.8%93.2%
Hispanic255791.2%6.8%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2016 (Includes detail not shown below)8,58168100.0%100.0%
Married With Children1,5536918.1%19.0%
Married Without Children3,1176736.3%30.0%
Single Parents620717.2%9.7%
Living Alone2,1536825.1%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 2016 (estimate)9,97067100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2016 (includes vacant units)9,99067100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
6,7916668.0%61.0%
Median Value (2016)$108,50052  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
1,7907117.9%27.8%
Median Rent (2016)$49750  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2016/2017 Total Reported) 2,586750.2%1,110,866
Public2,586740.2%1,048,879
Adults (25+ in 2016 ACS)14,930680.3%4,339,687
with High School diploma or higher84.3%81 88.1%
with B.A. or higher degree12%78 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$35,8787183.2%43,097
Median Household Income in 201646,0697788.1%$52,289
Poverty Rate in 201613.8%3598.6%14.0%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1821.6%26113.1%19.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201733460.5%6,790
Food Stamp Recipients in 20172,199590.3%656,297
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2016/20171,291700.3%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, 2015228710.3%84,008
Births to Teens, 201523580.4%5,876
Deaths, 2015230710.4%62,666

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2016NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force9,343720.3%3,326,893
Employed8,828720.3%3,179,806
Unemployed515650.4%147,087
Annual Unemployment Rate5.511125.0%4.4
December 2017 Unemployment Rate3.811122.6%3.1

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 work7,492100.0%$307,398100.0%$41,030
Wage and Salary4,83264.5%$201,39065.5%$41,678
Farm Proprietors4836.4%$730.0%$151
Nonfarm Proprietors2,17729.1%$39,21612.8%$18,014
Farm5387.2%$1,1380.4%$2,115
Nonfarm6,95492.8%$306,26099.6%$44,041
Private6,09781.4%$269,20987.6%$44,154
  Accommodation, Food Serv.3394.5%$6,8002.2%$20,059
  Arts, Ent., Recreation841.1%$6410.2%$7,631
  Construction5126.8%$18,4726.0%$36,078
  Health Care, Social Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  InformationData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Manufacturing1,92125.6%$145,28847.3%$75,631
  Professional, Tech. Serv.2253.0%$4,4521.4%$19,787
  Retail Trade76210.2%$14,3564.7%$18,840
  Trans., Warehousing2613.5%$9,1353.0%$35,000
  Wholesale TradeData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Other Private (not above)611*8.2%*$12,916*4.2%*$21,139*
Government85711.4%$37,05112.1%$43,233

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 Filed36100.0%100.0%$6,227$3,875,847
Single-Family36100.0%75.2%$6,227$3,417,822
2-Family00.0%3.1%0$64,063
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.9%$0$21,320
5+ Family00.0%20.9%$0$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 Owen County

NamePopulation
in 2016
Percent of County
Gosport8023.8%
Spencer2,27110.9%
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