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Sullivan County, Indiana

Formed in 1817 and named for Revolutionary War hero Daniel Sullivan

County Seat: Sullivan

Largest City: Sullivan (2018 population: 4,097)

Population per Square Mile: 46.28

Square Miles: 447.10

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)21,475690.3%6,484,192
Today (2018)20,690700.3%6,691,878
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*21,011710.3%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-3.7%78 3.2%

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

Components of Population Change, 2017-2018NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration642 3,555
Net International Migration-286 9,227
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-1373-0.1%19,211

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2018NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)1,043745.0%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)2,9367514.2%17.2%
College Age (18 to 24)1,709688.3%9.8%
Young Adult (25 to 44)5,6916327.5%25.4%
Older Adult (45 to 64)5,5937127.0%25.6%
Seniors (65 and older)3,7187318.0%15.8%
Median Age41.3  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 Alone71710.3%0.4%
Asian Alone56790.3%2.5%
Black Alone989304.8%9.8%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone2850.0%0.1%
White19,2737393.2%85.1%
Two or More Race Groups299611.4%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic20,3196998.2%92.9%
Hispanic371741.8%7.1%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2017 (Includes detail not shown below)7,60174100.0%100.0%
Married With Children1,3897418.3%18.8%
Married Without Children2,5007632.9%30.0%
Single Parents7786510.2%9.6%
Living Alone2,0107226.4%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 2018 (estimate)8,95874100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2017 (includes vacant units)8,93174100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
5,5287561.9%61.2%
Median Value (2017)$80,90089  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
2,0736623.2%27.7%
Median Rent (2017)$46773  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2018/2019 Total Reported) 3,154690.3%1,117,590
Public3,154690.3%1,054,903
Adults (25+ in 2017 ACS)14,952680.3%4,369,451
with High School diploma or higher86.5%63 88.3%
with B.A. or higher degree12.5%79 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$33,6978974.6%45,150
Median Household Income in 201746,8107886.5%$54,134
Poverty Rate in 201714.6%21109.8%13.3%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1819.0%31106.7%17.8%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201818670.3%6,032
Food Stamp Recipients in 20182,047580.3%605,854
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2018/20191,669650.3%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, 2017216720.3%82,170
Births to Teens, 201710780.2%5,152
Deaths, 2017224720.3%65,602

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2018NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force8,616760.3%3,381,713
Employed8,214770.3%3,265,580
Unemployed402680.3%116,133
Annual Unemployment Rate4.73138.2%3.4
May 2019 Unemployment Rate3.84131.0%2.9

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 work7,878100.0%$334,900100.0%$42,511
Wage and Salary5,99176.0%$242,73972.5%$40,517
Farm Proprietors3744.7%$-7,716-2.3%$-20,631
Nonfarm Proprietors1,51319.2%$28,7298.6%$18,988
Farm4736.0%$-4,162-1.2%$-8,799
Nonfarm7,40594.0%$339,062101.2%$45,788
Private5,53270.2%$245,25473.2%$44,334
  Accommodation, Food Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Arts, Ent., RecreationData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Construction2653.4%$10,9663.3%$41,381
  Health Care, Social Serv.4115.2%$13,8014.1%$33,579
  Information1161.5%$5,8081.7%$50,069
  Manufacturing7199.1%$39,93511.9%$55,542
  Professional, Tech. Serv.2012.6%$6,6222.0%$32,945
  Retail Trade82310.4%$19,4965.8%$23,689
  Trans., Warehousing2333.0%$12,2543.7%$52,592
  Wholesale Trade1461.9%$8,3772.5%$57,377
  Other Private (not above)1,348*17.1%*$59,407*17.7%*$44,070*
Government1,87323.8%$93,80828.0%$50,084

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 Filed22100.0%100.0%$2,224$4,879,857
Single-Family22100.0%76.4%$2,224$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 Sullivan County

NamePopulation
in 2018
Percent of County
Carlisle6603.2%
Dugger8844.3%
Farmersburg1,0795.2%
Hymera7623.7%
Merom2191.1%
Shelburn1,2095.8%
Sullivan4,09719.8%
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