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Spencer County, Indiana

Named for Battle of Tippecanoe hero Spier Spencer

County Seat: Rockport

Largest City: Santa Claus (2017 population: 2,411)

Population per Square Mile: 51.41

Square Miles: 396.70

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)20,952710.3%6,484,192
Today (2017)20,394710.3%6,666,818
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*21,211690.3%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-2.7%69 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-4751 -976
Net International Migration172 11,410
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-5387-0.2%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)1,089725.3%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)3,4197016.8%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)1,555707.6%9.9%
Young Adult (25 to 44)4,4447421.8%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)6,0266929.5%25.9%
Seniors (65 and older)3,8616918.9%15.4%
Median Age43.7  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 Alone56800.3%0.4%
Asian Alone69740.3%2.4%
Black Alone185600.9%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone0910.0%0.1%
White19,8637097.4%85.4%
Two or More Race Groups221721.1%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic19,7887197.0%93.0%
Hispanic606623.0%7.0%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2017 (Includes detail not shown below)8,10170100.0%100.0%
Married With Children1,6616620.5%18.8%
Married Without Children3,3056540.8%30.0%
Single Parents360854.4%9.6%
Living Alone1,9897424.6%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 2017 (estimate)9,09973100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2017 (includes vacant units)9,03373100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
6,6446873.6%61.2%
Median Value (2017)$117,90043  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
1,4577716.1%27.7%
Median Rent (2017)$44082  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2016/2017 Total Reported) 3,389670.3%1,110,866
Public3,269680.3%1,048,879
Adults (25+ in 2017 ACS)14,377700.3%4,369,451
with High School diploma or higher89.8%21 88.3%
with B.A. or higher degree15.9%57 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$42,2902893.7%45,150
Median Household Income in 201658,21716111.3%$52,289
Poverty Rate in 20169.1%7865.0%14.0%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1811.2%8458.6%19.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201725570.4%6,790
Food Stamp Recipients in 20171,246800.2%656,297
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2016/20171,120790.2%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, 2016197770.2%83,063
Births to Teens, 20167820.1%5,294
Deaths, 2016229720.4%63,492

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2017NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force10,912650.3%3,320,409
Employed10,545650.3%3,203,351
Unemployed367710.3%117,058
Annual Unemployment Rate3.45097.1%3.5
October 2018 Unemployment Rate3.35591.7%3.6

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 work9,856100.0%$451,823100.0%$45,842
Wage and Salary7,37074.8%$292,46264.7%$39,683
Farm Proprietors5215.3%$24,5635.4%$47,146
Nonfarm Proprietors1,96519.9%$55,95512.4%$28,476
Farm6076.2%$27,8106.2%$45,815
Nonfarm9,24993.8%$424,01393.8%$45,844
Private8,17182.9%$376,29983.3%$46,053
  Accommodation, Food Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Arts, Ent., RecreationData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Construction6867.0%$29,9986.6%$43,729
  Health Care, Social Serv.4614.7%$30,5926.8%$66,360
  Information1031.0%$8,7581.9%$85,029
  Manufacturing1,34813.7%$95,45121.1%$70,809
  Professional, Tech. Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Retail Trade6266.4%$12,2942.7%$19,639
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade3793.8%$20,4934.5%$54,071
  Other Private (not above)1,935*19.6%*$70,378*15.6%*$36,371*
Government1,07810.9%$47,71410.6%$44,262

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 Filed44100.0%100.0%$9,738$4,583,500
Single-Family44100.0%74.2%$9,738$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 Spencer County

NamePopulation
in 2017
Percent of County
Chrisney4742.3%
Dale1,5027.4%
Gentryville2631.3%
Grandview7133.5%
Richland4042.0%
Rockport2,16910.6%
Santa Claus2,41111.8%
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