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Spencer County, Indiana

Named for Battle of Tippecanoe hero Spier Spencer

County Seat: Rockport

Largest City: Santa Claus (2012 population: 2,468)

Population per Square Mile: 52.80

Square Miles: 396.70

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)20,952710.3%6,483,797
Today (2013)20,944710.3%6,570,902
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*21,211690.3%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-0.0%39 1.3%

*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 -1,179
Net International Migration365 9,404
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)32580.1%25,992

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 2012 (Includes detail not shown below)8,08471100.0%100.0%
Married With Children1,9686424.3%20.2%
Married Without Children3,1007038.3%30.1%
Single Parents328874.1%9.8%
Living Alone1,8767523.2%27.6%

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 2012 (includes vacant units)8,89474100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
6,6296974.5%62.6%
Median Value (2012)$113,80037  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
1,4557816.4%26.1%
Median Rent (2012)$39083  

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 2012 ACS)14,584700.3%4,229,138
with High School diploma or higher86.6%39 87%
with B.A. or higher degree15.2%47 23%

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 2012$34,8094991.3%38,119
Median Household Income in 201255,82410118.9%$46,954
Poverty Rate in 201210.0%8064.5%15.5%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1813.2%8559.7%22.1%
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, 2012194770.2%83,250
Births to Teens, 201221700.3%7,431
Deaths, 2012190770.3%59,168

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2013NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force10,195680.3%3,179,935
Employed9,491670.3%2,940,897
Unemployed704750.3%239,038
Annual Unemployment Rate6.96592.0%7.5
August 2014 Unemployment Rate4.77085.5%5.5

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

Earnings by Industry, 2012 Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
IMPORTANT: The BEA is no longer producing employment by industry for counties. For more information on the loss of data due to
sequestration, go to http://www.bea.gov/about/pdf/bea_fy2013_budget_impact.pdf.
Total by place of work$381,921100.0%
Wage and Salary$262,47668.7%
Farm Proprietors$17,8714.7%
Nonfarm Proprietors$33,2778.7%
Farm$20,8075.4%
Nonfarm$361,11494.6%
Private$313,66982.1%
  Accommodation, Food Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Arts, Ent., RecreationData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Construction$17,9984.7%
  Health Care, Social Serv.$15,1914.0%
  Information$6,5051.7%
  Manufacturing$75,34319.7%
  Professional, Tech. Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Retail Trade$16,1724.2%
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade$24,8466.5%
  Other Private (not above)$69,776*18.3%*
Government$47,44512.4%

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 2012
Percent of County
Chrisney4762.3%
Dale1,5747.5%
Gentryville2751.3%
Grandview7413.5%
Richland4172.0%
Rockport2,25410.8%
Santa Claus2,46811.8%
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