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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, 2016NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)1,154715.6%6.4%
School Age (5 to 17)3,5127017.0%17.4%
College Age (18 to 24)1,529707.4%10.0%
Young Adult (25 to 44)4,4747421.7%25.2%
Older Adult (45 to 64)6,0566929.3%26.1%
Seniors (65 and older)3,9236719.0%14.9%
Median Age43.6  Median Age = 37.6

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2016NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone54780.3%0.4%
Asian Alone71720.3%2.2%
Black Alone188580.9%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone0910.0%0.1%
White20,1177097.4%85.6%
Two or More Race Groups218721.1%2.0%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic20,0677197.2%93.2%
Hispanic581622.8%6.8%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2016 (Includes detail not shown below)8,06569100.0%100.0%
Married With Children1,7566621.8%19.0%
Married Without Children3,2816440.7%30.0%
Single Parents355854.4%9.7%
Living Alone1,8667623.1%28.2%

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 2016 (includes vacant units)8,94373100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
6,5936773.7%61.0%
Median Value (2016)$118,30037  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
1,4727816.5%27.8%
Median Rent (2016)$42084  

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 2016 ACS)14,473700.3%4,339,687
with High School diploma or higher89.4%25 88.1%
with B.A. or higher degree15.3%58 24.6%

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 2016$42,0132197.5%43,097
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, 201515750.3%5,876
Deaths, 2015187770.3%62,666

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
May 2018 Unemployment Rate2.95890.6%3.2

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2016 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work9,941100.0%$425,734100.0%$42,826
Wage and Salary7,36774.1%$282,90066.4%$38,401
Farm Proprietors5285.3%$20,2614.8%$38,373
Nonfarm Proprietors2,04620.6%$43,56310.2%$21,292
Farm6026.1%$23,4145.5%$38,894
Nonfarm9,33993.9%$402,32094.5%$43,080
Private8,25083.0%$354,30883.2%$42,946
  Accommodation, Food Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Arts, Ent., RecreationData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Construction4784.8%$23,6595.6%$49,496
  Health Care, Social Serv.4955.0%$20,6474.8%$41,711
  Information1091.1%$7,6241.8%$69,945
  Manufacturing1,30613.1%$91,12021.4%$69,770
  Professional, Tech. Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Retail Trade6736.8%$14,4733.4%$21,505
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade4364.4%$20,9044.9%$47,945
  Other Private (not above)2,419*24.3%*$77,666*18.2%*$32,107*
Government1,08911.0%$48,01211.3%$44,088

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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