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Wells County, Indiana

Formed in 1837 and named for Captain William Wells, a scout for General Anthony Wayne

County Seat: Bluffton

Largest City: Bluffton (2017 population: 10,030)

Population per Square Mile: 76.02

Square Miles: 368.10

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)27,636580.4%6,484,192
Today (2017)27,984560.4%6,666,818
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*27,977580.4%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today1.3%27 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 Migration3628 -976
Net International Migration2034 11,410
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)90330.4%22,545

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2017NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)1,752536.3%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)5,1145418.3%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)2,166587.7%9.9%
Young Adult (25 to 44)6,3695922.8%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)7,5785827.1%25.9%
Seniors (65 and older)5,0055517.9%15.4%
Median Age40.3  Median Age = 37.7

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2017NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone85610.3%0.4%
Asian Alone184510.7%2.4%
Black Alone185600.7%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone14480.1%0.1%
White27,2005797.2%85.4%
Two or More Race Groups316551.1%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic27,0765796.8%93.0%
Hispanic908463.2%7.0%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2016 (Includes detail not shown below)10,82856100.0%100.0%
Married With Children2,1205819.6%19.0%
Married Without Children4,0075437.0%30.0%
Single Parents1,000529.2%9.7%
Living Alone2,8625326.4%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)11,87159100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2016 (includes vacant units)11,69260100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
8,7145374.5%61.0%
Median Value (2016)$118,80036  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
2,1146518.1%27.8%
Median Rent (2016)$48858  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2016/2017 Total Reported) 4,867530.4%1,110,866
Public4,867510.5%1,048,879
Adults (25+ in 2016 ACS)18,735580.4%4,339,687
with High School diploma or higher91.2%10 88.1%
with B.A. or higher degree17.4%38 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$39,2644291.1%43,097
Median Household Income in 201656,05420107.2%$52,289
Poverty Rate in 20169.7%7669.3%14.0%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1813.9%7372.8%19.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201713800.2%6,790
Food Stamp Recipients in 20171,481760.2%656,297
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2016/20171,746630.4%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, 2016369530.4%83,063
Births to Teens, 201533470.6%5,876
Deaths, 2015302570.5%62,666

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2017NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force14,158550.4%3,320,409
Employed13,741550.4%3,203,351
Unemployed417640.4%117,058
Annual Unemployment Rate2.97782.9%3.5
July 2018 Unemployment Rate2.7173.0%3.7

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 work14,549100.0%$626,433100.0%$43,057
Wage and Salary11,45578.7%$426,64168.1%$37,245
Farm Proprietors5293.6%$35,5045.7%$67,115
Nonfarm Proprietors2,56517.6%$47,9997.7%$18,713
Farm6864.7%$40,3796.4%$58,862
Nonfarm13,86395.3%$586,05493.6%$42,275
Private12,43685.5%$520,99583.2%$41,894
  Accommodation, Food Serv.5884.0%$8,8511.4%$15,053
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1200.8%$8860.1%$7,383
  Construction6944.8%$33,9485.4%$48,916
  Health Care, Social Serv.1,65011.3%$67,01910.7%$40,618
  InformationData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Manufacturing2,78819.2%$179,60428.7%$64,420
  Professional, Tech. Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Retail Trade1,3589.3%$32,1795.1%$23,696
  Trans., Warehousing1,53510.6%$71,34911.4%$46,481
  Wholesale Trade5363.7%$35,5875.7%$66,394
  Other Private (not above)1,576*10.8%*$40,777*6.5%*$25,874*
Government1,4279.8%$65,05910.4%$45,591

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 Filed64100.0%100.0%$15,732$4,583,500
Single-Family5890.6%74.2%$15,005$4,038,599
2-Family69.4%2.0%727$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 Wells County

NamePopulation
in 2017
Percent of County
Bluffton10,03035.8%
Markle4521.6%*
Ossian3,36012.0%
Poneto1680.6%
Uniondale3101.1%
Vera Cruz860.3%
Zanesville4801.7%*
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.
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