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Spencer County, Indiana

Named for Battle of Tippecanoe hero Spier Spencer

County Seat: Rockport

Largest City: Santa Claus (2018 population: 2,410)

Population per Square Mile: 51.11

Square Miles: 396.70

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)20,955710.3%6,484,192
Today (2019)20,277710.3%6,732,219
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*20,929690.3%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today-3.2%71 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-8461 3,997
Net International Migration-285 14,379
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-2379-0.1%18,536

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2018NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)1,057735.2%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)3,3837016.6%17.2%
College Age (18 to 24)1,530727.5%9.8%
Young Adult (25 to 44)4,4807422.0%25.4%
Older Adult (45 to 64)5,9456929.2%25.6%
Seniors (65 and older)3,9327019.3%15.8%
Median Age43.8  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 Alone54830.3%0.4%
Asian Alone78740.4%2.5%
Black Alone198611.0%9.8%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone0910.0%0.1%
White19,7687097.2%85.1%
Two or More Race Groups229711.1%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic19,7267197.0%92.9%
Hispanic601623.0%7.1%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2018 (Includes detail not shown below)8,10970100.0%100.0%
Married With Children1,6576520.4%18.6%
Married Without Children3,2666540.3%29.9%
Single Parents411805.1%9.5%
Living Alone1,9757424.4%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 2018 (estimate)9,13973100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2018 (includes vacant units)9,06273100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
6,5676872.5%61.3%
Median Value (2018)$121,00042  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
1,5427717.0%27.6%
Median Rent (2018)$47975  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2018/2019 Total Reported) 3,405670.3%1,117,590
Public3,285670.3%1,054,903
Adults (25+ in 2018 ACS)14,395700.3%4,399,815
with High School diploma or higher90.1%24 88.6%
with B.A. or higher degree14.9%62 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$43,9713193.3%47,149
Median Household Income in 201856,86235102.0%$55,725
Poverty Rate in 20189.2%7470.8%13.0%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1811.8%7867.4%17.5%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201817690.3%6,032
Food Stamp Recipients in 20181,149800.2%605,854
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2018/20191,230750.2%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, 2017214730.3%82,170
Births to Teens, 201714720.3%5,152
Deaths, 2017203750.3%65,602

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2018NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force10,983650.3%3,381,609
Employed10,623650.3%3,263,751
Unemployed360710.3%117,858
Annual Unemployment Rate3.35094.3%3.5
February 2020 Unemployment Rate4.016117.6%3.4

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 work9,845100.0%$450,957100.0%$45,806
Wage and Salary7,34174.6%$301,94367.0%$41,131
Farm Proprietors5135.2%$13,6313.0%$26,571
Nonfarm Proprietors1,99120.2%$56,90712.6%$28,582
Farm6166.3%$17,7503.9%$28,815
Nonfarm9,22993.7%$433,20796.1%$46,940
Private8,10982.4%$383,67085.1%$47,314
  Accommodation, Food Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Arts, Ent., RecreationData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Construction6957.1%$31,2446.9%$44,955
  Health Care, Social Serv.4664.7%$29,3856.5%$63,058
  Information1071.1%$8,9782.0%$83,907
  Manufacturing1,34913.7%$97,33921.6%$72,156
  Professional, Tech. Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Retail Trade6686.8%$13,9703.1%$20,913
  Trans., Warehousing4474.5%$28,9746.4%$64,819
  Wholesale Trade3713.8%$20,6764.6%$55,730
  Other Private (not above)2,176*22.1%*$110,177*24.4%*$50,633*
Government1,12011.4%$49,53711.0%$44,229

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 Filed40100.0%100.0%$8,845$4,879,857
Single-Family40100.0%76.4%$8,845$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 Spencer County

NamePopulation
in 2018
Percent of County
Chrisney4722.3%
Dale1,4957.4%
Gentryville2611.3%
Grandview7113.5%
Richland4032.0%
Rockport2,15310.6%
Santa Claus2,41011.9%
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