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Posey County, Indiana

Named in 1814 for Indiana Territory Governor Thomas Posey

County Seat: Mt. Vernon

Largest City: Mount Vernon (2018 population: 6,457)

Population per Square Mile: 62.35

Square Miles: 409.60

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)25,910610.4%6,484,192
Today (2018)25,540610.4%6,691,878
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*24,789630.4%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-1.4%50 3.2%

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

Components of Population Change, 2017-2018NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-2852 3,555
Net International Migration363 9,227
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)0650.0%19,211

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2018NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)1,391655.4%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)4,2366116.6%17.2%
College Age (18 to 24)1,916627.5%9.8%
Young Adult (25 to 44)5,8336222.8%25.4%
Older Adult (45 to 64)7,3655928.8%25.6%
Seniors (65 and older)4,7995918.8%15.8%
Median Age42.9  Median Age = 37.9

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2018NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone73700.3%0.4%
Asian Alone155570.6%2.5%
Black Alone267511.0%9.8%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone5710.0%0.1%
White24,7456196.9%85.1%
Two or More Race Groups295621.2%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic25,2106198.7%92.9%
Hispanic330761.3%7.1%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2017 (Includes detail not shown below)10,14062100.0%100.0%
Married With Children1,9466019.2%18.8%
Married Without Children3,9745439.2%30.0%
Single Parents695676.9%9.6%
Living Alone2,3866323.5%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 2018 (estimate)11,54462100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2017 (includes vacant units)11,43762100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
8,4225773.6%61.2%
Median Value (2017)$138,80023  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
1,7187415.0%27.7%
Median Rent (2017)$50357  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2018/2019 Total Reported) 3,968630.4%1,117,590
Public3,444650.3%1,054,903
Adults (25+ in 2017 ACS)17,829600.4%4,369,451
with High School diploma or higher93.6%4 88.3%
with B.A. or higher degree20.7%24 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 2018$48,18012102.2%47,149
Median Household Income in 201765,6178121.2%$54,134
Poverty Rate in 20179.1%8068.4%13.3%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1811.9%8166.9%17.8%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201831440.5%6,032
Food Stamp Recipients in 20181,766650.3%605,854
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2018/20191,302730.3%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, 2017255680.3%82,170
Births to Teens, 201711770.2%5,152
Deaths, 2017243690.4%65,602

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2018NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force13,731590.4%3,381,713
Employed13,343570.4%3,265,580
Unemployed388700.3%116,133
Annual Unemployment Rate2.87582.4%3.4
October 2019 Unemployment Rate2.57483.3%3.0

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, 2018UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed53100.0%100.0%$11,234$4,879,857
Single-Family53100.0%76.4%$11,234$4,269,197
2-Family00.0%2.0%0$49,353
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.2%$0$6,163
5+ Family00.0%21.4%$0$555,144

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 2018
Percent of County
Cynthiana5402.1%
Griffin1700.7%
Mount Vernon6,45725.3%
New Harmony7593.0%
Poseyville1,0334.0%
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