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Spencer County, Indiana

Named for Battle of Tippecanoe hero Spier Spencer

County Seat: Rockport

Largest City: Santa Claus (2013 population: 2,501)

Population per Square Mile: 52.44

Square Miles: 396.70

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)20,952710.3%6,483,797
Today (2014)20,801710.3%6,596,855
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*21,211690.3%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-0.7%48 1.7%

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

Components of Population Change, 2012-2013NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration426 -1,515
Net International Migration365 10,400
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)32580.1%25,233

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2013NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)1,236695.9%6.4%
School Age (5 to 17)3,5677317.0%17.7%
College Age (18 to 24)1,571747.5%10.1%
Young Adult (25 to 44)4,6607222.2%25.4%
Older Adult (45 to 64)6,2936930.0%26.4%
Seniors (65 and older)3,6176717.3%13.9%
Median Age42.9  Median Age = 37.4

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2013NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone54730.3%0.4%
Asian Alone86660.4%1.9%
Black Alone159640.8%9.5%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone1890.0%0.1%
White20,4557097.7%86.3%
Two or More Race Groups189730.9%1.8%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic20,3677197.2%93.6%
Hispanic577622.8%6.4%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2013 (Includes detail not shown below)7,98472100.0%100.0%
Married With Children1,8186522.8%19.8%
Married Without Children3,1016838.8%30.1%
Single Parents371844.6%9.8%
Living Alone1,8617423.3%27.7%

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 2013 (estimate)8,88173100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2013 (includes vacant units)8,88374100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
6,5566873.8%62.0%
Median Value (2013)$113,30037  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
1,4287816.1%26.6%
Median Rent (2013)$38187  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2012/2013 Total Reported) 3,465680.3%1,115,499
Public3,353690.3%1,039,411
Adults (25+ in 2013 ACS)14,579700.3%4,258,878
with High School diploma or higher86.5%42 87.2%
with B.A. or higher degree15.5%50 23.2%

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 2013$36,2124793.8%38,622
Median Household Income in 201350,53326106.4%$47,508
Poverty Rate in 201310.5%8066.5%15.8%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1813.8%8463.0%21.9%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201318820.2%11,711
Food Stamp Recipients in 20131,751800.2%922,273
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 20131,188800.2%509,427

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, 2013236730.3%83,115
Births to Teens, 201322680.3%6,810
Deaths, 2013190760.3%60,445

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2014NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force10,753650.3%3,230,540
Employed10,185640.3%3,035,581
Unemployed568750.3%194,959
Annual Unemployment Rate5.36388.3%6.0
March 2015 Unemployment Rate5.45291.5%5.9

Source: STATS Indiana, using data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2013 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work9,919100.0%$410,707100.0%$41,406
Wage and Salary7,40274.6%$263,77764.2%$35,636
Farm Proprietors5295.3%$42,28910.3%$79,941
Nonfarm Proprietors1,98820.0%$34,8548.5%$17,532
Farm6406.5%$46,05411.2%$71,959
Nonfarm9,27993.5%$364,65388.8%$39,299
Private8,19682.6%$317,54177.3%$38,743
  Accommodation, Food Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Arts, Ent., RecreationData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Construction4694.7%$18,8714.6%$40,237
  Health Care, Social Serv.4764.8%$16,6574.1%$34,994
  Information1541.6%$6,9421.7%$45,078
  Manufacturing1,19012.0%$74,36118.1%$62,488
  Professional, Tech. Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Retail Trade7137.2%$16,3344.0%$22,909
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade4884.9%$24,7826.0%$50,783
  Other Private (not above)2,360*23.8%*$71,931*17.5%*$30,479*
Government1,08310.9%$47,11211.5%$43,501

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, 2013UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed34100.0%100.0%$5,941$3,065,788
Single-Family34100.0%67.3%$5,941$2,631,508
2-Family00.0%2.2%0$38,302
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.9%$0$13,598
5+ Family00.0%29.6%$0$382,380

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 2013
Percent of County
Chrisney4792.3%
Dale1,5757.6%
Gentryville2721.3%
Grandview7433.6%
Richland4132.0%
Rockport2,26110.8%
Santa Claus2,50112.0%
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