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Posey County, Indiana

Named in 1814 for Indiana Territory Governor Thomas Posey

County Seat: Mt. Vernon

Largest City: Mount Vernon (2017 population: 6,499)

Population per Square Mile: 62.49

Square Miles: 409.60

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)25,912610.4%6,484,192
Today (2017)25,595610.4%6,666,818
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*24,789630.4%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-1.2%46 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 Migration-8160 -976
Net International Migration460 11,410
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)40470.2%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)1,474645.8%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)4,2016216.4%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)1,974617.7%9.9%
Young Adult (25 to 44)5,8126222.7%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)7,5345929.4%25.9%
Seniors (65 and older)4,6006018.0%15.4%
Median Age42.6  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 Alone68690.3%0.4%
Asian Alone157560.6%2.4%
Black Alone260511.0%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone5710.0%0.1%
White24,8086196.9%85.4%
Two or More Race Groups297591.2%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic25,2936198.8%93.0%
Hispanic302761.2%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)10,01762100.0%100.0%
Married With Children1,9965919.9%19.0%
Married Without Children4,0125340.1%30.0%
Single Parents737647.4%9.7%
Living Alone2,2956422.9%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)11,50162100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2016 (includes vacant units)11,33562100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
8,4635574.7%61.0%
Median Value (2016)$136,90022  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
1,5547613.7%27.8%
Median Rent (2016)$47562  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2016/2017 Total Reported) 4,006630.4%1,110,866
Public3,576640.3%1,048,879
Adults (25+ in 2016 ACS)17,683610.4%4,339,687
with High School diploma or higher94.3%2 88.1%
with B.A. or higher degree20.6%22 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$44,93111104.3%43,097
Median Household Income in 201661,61910117.8%$52,289
Poverty Rate in 20168.7%8262.1%14.0%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1812.1%8263.4%19.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201728540.4%6,790
Food Stamp Recipients in 20171,936640.3%656,297
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2016/20171,249740.3%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, 2016263660.3%83,063
Births to Teens, 20169780.2%5,294
Deaths, 2015267650.4%62,666

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2017NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force13,388590.4%3,320,409
Employed12,983580.4%3,203,351
Unemployed405650.3%117,058
Annual Unemployment Rate3.07085.7%3.5
August 2018 Unemployment Rate3.26986.5%3.7

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 work11,545100.0%$704,133100.0%$60,990
Wage and Salary8,94177.4%$482,58568.5%$53,974
Farm Proprietors3493.0%$34,3764.9%$98,499
Nonfarm Proprietors2,25519.5%$45,7506.5%$20,288
Farm5124.4%$38,6815.5%$75,549
Nonfarm11,03395.6%$665,45294.5%$60,315
Private9,78384.7%$606,46386.1%$61,992
  Accommodation, Food Serv.5985.2%$11,2381.6%$18,793
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1020.9%$6080.1%$5,961
  Construction7086.1%$41,2915.9%$58,321
  Health Care, Social Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Information260.2%$4620.1%$17,769
  Manufacturing2,73923.7%$319,48845.4%$116,644
  Professional, Tech. Serv.4944.3%$27,0663.8%$54,789
  Retail Trade1,0479.1%$33,2404.7%$31,748
  Trans., Warehousing8797.6%$49,3427.0%$56,134
  Wholesale TradeData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Other Private (not above)1,605*13.9%*$46,909*6.7%*$29,227*
Government1,25010.8%$58,9898.4%$47,191

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 Filed54100.0%100.0%$11,429$4,583,500
Single-Family54100.0%74.2%$11,429$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 Posey County

NamePopulation
in 2017
Percent of County
Cynthiana5392.1%
Griffin1720.7%
Mount Vernon6,49925.4%
New Harmony7633.0%
Poseyville1,0354.0%
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