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Posey County, Indiana

Named in 1814 for Indiana Territory Governor Thomas Posey

County Seat: Mt. Vernon

Largest City: Mount Vernon (2019 population: 6,502)

Population per Square Mile: 62.08

Square Miles: 409.60

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)25,912610.4%6,484,192
Today (2019)25,427610.4%6,732,219
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*23,260640.3%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today-1.9%60 3.8%

*Projection based on 2010 Census counts.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Components of Population Change, 2018-2019NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-11165 3,997
Net International Migration469 14,379
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-1977-0.1%18,536

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2019NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)1,340665.3%6.2%
School Age (5 to 17)4,1876116.5%17.1%
College Age (18 to 24)1,832637.2%9.8%
Young Adult (25 to 44)5,9046123.2%25.5%
Older Adult (45 to 64)7,1615928.2%25.2%
Seniors (65 and older)5,0035819.7%16.1%
Median Age43.1  Median Age = 37.9

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2019NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone79680.3%0.4%
Asian Alone167560.7%2.6%
Black Alone267521.1%9.9%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone6690.0%0.1%
White24,6086196.8%84.8%
Two or More Race Groups300611.2%2.2%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic25,1146198.8%92.7%
Hispanic313771.2%7.3%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2018 (Includes detail not shown below)10,17562100.0%100.0%
Married With Children2,0695920.3%18.6%
Married Without Children3,9225538.5%29.9%
Single Parents565735.6%9.5%
Living Alone2,4716224.3%28.5%

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 2019 (estimate)11,58062100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2018 (includes vacant units)11,48062100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
8,2495771.9%61.3%
Median Value (2018)$141,00024  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
1,9266916.8%27.6%
Median Rent (2018)$50162  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2019/2020 Total Reported) 4,020620.4%1,111,333
Public3,503640.3%1,050,614
Adults (25+ in 2018 ACS)17,941600.4%4,399,815
with High School diploma or higher93.3%5 88.6%
with B.A. or higher degree20.7%27 25.9%

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 2018$48,18012102.2%47,149
Median Household Income in 201868,1628122.3%$55,725
Poverty Rate in 20189.2%7470.8%13.0%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1811.4%8065.1%17.5%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201930390.6%5,235
Food Stamp Recipients in 20191,675640.3%581,821
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2019/20201,313710.3%507,739

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, 2017255680.3%82,170
Births to Teens, 201711770.2%5,152
Deaths, 2017243690.4%65,602

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2019NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force13,680590.4%3,387,366
Employed13,306580.4%3,275,056
Unemployed374670.3%112,310
Annual Unemployment Rate2.77581.8%3.3
May 2020 Unemployment Rate7.38861.3%11.9

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2018 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work12,205100.0%$753,274100.0%$61,718
Wage and Salary9,37076.8%$538,20371.4%$57,439
Farm Proprietors3432.8%$12,2051.6%$35,583
Nonfarm Proprietors2,49220.4%$50,5966.7%$20,303
Farm5714.7%$17,9162.4%$31,377
Nonfarm11,63495.3%$735,35897.6%$63,208
Private10,35084.8%$673,83189.5%$65,104
  Accommodation, Food Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Arts, Ent., RecreationData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Construction7446.1%$45,7666.1%$61,513
  Health Care, Social Serv.4934.0%$20,2902.7%$41,156
  Information370.3%$1,0720.1%$28,973
  Manufacturing2,89623.7%$358,91447.6%$123,934
  Professional, Tech. Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Retail Trade1,0598.7%$34,1864.5%$32,281
  Trans., Warehousing9888.1%$54,9417.3%$55,608
  Wholesale TradeData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Other Private (not above)2,446*20.0%*$76,230*10.1%*$31,165*
Government1,28410.5%$61,5278.2%$47,918

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, 2019UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed48100.0%100.0%$10,297$4,988,366
Single-Family48100.0%73.1%$10,297$4,298,385
2-Family00.0%1.6%0$48,202
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.7%$0$26,551
5+ Family00.0%24.6%$0$615,228

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 Posey County

NamePopulation
in 2019
Percent of County
Cynthiana5362.1%
Griffin1690.7%
Mount Vernon6,50225.6%
New Harmony7533.0%
Poseyville1,0364.1%
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