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Tippecanoe County, Indiana

Named for the famous 1811 Battle of Tippecanoe, the Tippecanoe River and organized in 1826

County Seat: Lafayette

Largest City: Lafayette (2012 population: 67,925)

Population per Square Mile: 360.49

Square Miles: 499.80

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)172,78082.7%6,483,797
Today (2013)180,17482.7%6,570,902
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*190,53072.8%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today4.3%4 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 Migration5720 -1,179
Net International Migration1,1172 9,404
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)1,16664.5%25,992

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2012NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)11,02586.2%6.5%
School Age (5 to 17)25,4471114.3%17.8%
College Age (18 to 24)43,530324.5%10.1%
Young Adult (25 to 44)44,149824.9%25.4%
Older Adult (45 to 64)35,7561120.1%26.5%
Seniors (65 and older)17,606129.9%13.6%
Median Age28.0  Median Age = 37.0

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2012NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone63170.4%0.4%
Asian Alone11,59036.5%1.8%
Black Alone8,109134.6%9.4%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone9280.1%0.1%
White153,754986.6%86.6%
Two or More Race Groups3,33781.9%1.8%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic163,623892.2%93.7%
Hispanic13,89077.8%6.3%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2012 (Includes detail not shown below)65,8378100.0%100.0%
Married With Children12,1111118.4%20.2%
Married Without Children16,6931125.4%30.1%
Single Parents5,24888.0%9.8%
Living Alone19,012728.9%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 2012 (estimate)72,5078100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2012 (includes vacant units)71,1478100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
36,1891250.9%62.6%
Median Value (2012)$129,70022  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
29,648541.7%26.1%
Median Rent (2012)$6377  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2012/2013 Total Reported) 23,847112.1%1,115,499
Public21,763112.1%1,039,411
Adults (25+ in 2012 ACS)94,537102.2%4,229,138
with High School diploma or higher90.6%10 87%
with B.A. or higher degree35.7%4 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$33,2786687.3%38,119
Median Household Income in 201243,5296092.7%$46,954
Poverty Rate in 201220.4%5131.6%15.5%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1820.3%5091.9%22.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 2013208121.8%11,711
Food Stamp Recipients in 201318,399112.0%922,273
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 20139,85281.9%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, 20112,21182.6%83,750
Births to Teens, 201118582.3%8,010
Deaths, 20111,186122.0%58,154

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2012NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force84,13782.7%3,168,712
Employed77,93882.7%2,911,603
Unemployed6,19992.4%257,109
Annual Unemployment Rate7.47191.4%8.1
February 2014 Unemployment Rate5.87984.1%6.9

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$4,954,846100.0%
Wage and Salary$3,607,41872.8%
Farm Proprietors$28,4730.6%
Nonfarm Proprietors$324,5866.6%
Farm$34,9570.7%
Nonfarm$4,919,88999.3%
Private$3,519,35471.0%
  Accommodation, Food Serv.$150,5423.0%
  Arts, Ent., Recreation$8,7240.2%
  Construction$170,1863.4%
  Health Care, Social Serv.$687,82713.9%
  Information$46,2410.9%
  Manufacturing$1,135,00022.9%
  Professional, Tech. Serv.$210,9924.3%
  Retail Trade$266,7715.4%
  Trans., Warehousing$104,9312.1%
  Wholesale Trade$133,3362.7%
  Other Private (not above)$596,672*12.0%*
Government$1,400,53528.3%

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, 2012UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed542100.0%100.0%$100,979$2,349,911
Single-Family50893.7%73.4%$98,187$2,063,972
2-Family20.4%1.9%220$23,703
3- and 4-Family00.0%1.6%$0$15,508
5+ Family325.9%23.1%$2,572$246,728

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 Tippecanoe County

NamePopulation
in 2012
Percent of County
Battle Ground1,3990.8%
Clarks Hill6370.4%
Dayton1,4880.8%
Lafayette67,92538.2%
Otterbein3700.2%*
Shadeland1,6840.9%
West Lafayette30,41917.1%
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.
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