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Rush County, Indiana

Named for Revolutionary War physician Dr. Benjamin Rush, the county was organized in 1822

County Seat: Rushville

Largest City: Rushville (2018 population: 6,046)

Population per Square Mile: 40.83

Square Miles: 408.10

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)17,392760.3%6,484,192
Today (2018)16,663770.2%6,691,878
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*16,551780.2%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-4.2%80 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-1246 3,555
Net International Migration363 9,227
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)13580.1%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)972775.8%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)2,8177616.9%17.2%
College Age (18 to 24)1,358768.1%9.8%
Young Adult (25 to 44)3,7167722.3%25.4%
Older Adult (45 to 64)4,7447728.5%25.6%
Seniors (65 and older)3,0568118.3%15.8%
Median Age42.2  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 Alone59800.4%0.4%
Asian Alone64770.4%2.5%
Black Alone177651.1%9.8%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone6680.0%0.1%
White16,1537796.9%85.1%
Two or More Race Groups204771.2%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic16,3737798.3%92.9%
Hispanic290791.7%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)6,67277100.0%100.0%
Married With Children1,4007221.0%18.8%
Married Without Children2,2728034.1%30.0%
Single Parents578728.7%9.6%
Living Alone1,5547923.3%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)7,50379100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2017 (includes vacant units)7,49680100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
4,8428064.6%61.2%
Median Value (2017)$100,00063  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
1,8306824.4%27.7%
Median Rent (2017)$51051  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2018/2019 Total Reported) 2,395780.2%1,117,590
Public2,278780.2%1,054,903
Adults (25+ in 2017 ACS)11,539780.3%4,369,451
with High School diploma or higher84.8%79 88.3%
with B.A. or higher degree14.8%63 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$43,7632196.9%45,150
Median Household Income in 201751,1135294.4%$54,134
Poverty Rate in 201712.0%4790.2%13.3%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1817.4%4597.8%17.8%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201814740.2%6,032
Food Stamp Recipients in 20181,304770.2%605,854
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2018/20191,232740.2%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, 2017189770.2%82,170
Births to Teens, 201719630.4%5,152
Deaths, 2017199770.3%65,602

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2018NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force9,038750.3%3,381,713
Employed8,778740.3%3,265,580
Unemployed260800.2%116,133
Annual Unemployment Rate2.96985.3%3.4
May 2019 Unemployment Rate2.47782.8%2.9

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 work7,605100.0%$339,448100.0%$44,635
Wage and Salary5,24969.0%$206,48960.8%$39,339
Farm Proprietors5136.7%$23,5516.9%$45,908
Nonfarm Proprietors1,84324.2%$52,63815.5%$28,561
Farm6338.3%$27,8728.2%$44,032
Nonfarm6,97291.7%$311,57691.8%$44,690
Private5,85877.0%$255,58175.3%$43,629
  Accommodation, Food Serv.3764.9%$6,7572.0%$17,971
  Arts, Ent., Recreation520.7%$7920.2%$15,231
  Construction5727.5%$30,2868.9%$52,948
  Health Care, Social Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Information680.9%$3,5191.0%$51,750
  Manufacturing1,18215.5%$77,53222.8%$65,594
  Professional, Tech. Serv.2122.8%$6,5281.9%$30,792
  Retail Trade79410.4%$23,1426.8%$29,146
  Trans., Warehousing4596.0%$28,3458.4%$61,754
  Wholesale TradeData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Other Private (not above)1,364*17.9%*$40,353*11.9%*$29,584*
Government1,11414.6%$55,99516.5%$50,265

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 Filed18100.0%100.0%$2,542$4,879,857
Single-Family18100.0%76.4%$2,542$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 Rush County

NamePopulation
in 2018
Percent of County
Carthage8915.3%
Glenwood1651.0%*
Rushville6,04636.3%
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.
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