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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 (2016 population: 9,997)

Population per Square Mile: 75.93

Square Miles: 368.10

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)27,636580.4%6,484,136
Today (2016)27,949560.4%6,633,053
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*27,977580.4%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today1.1%25 2.3%

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

Components of Population Change, 2015-2016NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-7438 -12,135
Net International Migration2037 11,052
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)84350.4%22,358

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2016NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)1,784536.4%6.4%
School Age (5 to 17)4,9875617.8%17.4%
College Age (18 to 24)2,253578.1%10.0%
Young Adult (25 to 44)6,2936022.5%25.2%
Older Adult (45 to 64)7,6845827.5%26.1%
Seniors (65 and older)4,9485517.7%14.9%
Median Age40.6  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 Alone95580.3%0.4%
Asian Alone191460.7%2.2%
Black Alone188580.7%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone12510.0%0.1%
White27,1715697.2%85.6%
Two or More Race Groups292591.0%2.0%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic27,1405797.1%93.2%
Hispanic809502.9%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)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 2016 (estimate)11,73459100.0%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 201616810.2%7,519
Food Stamp Recipients in 20161,747720.2%722,928
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, 2015339550.4%84,008
Births to Teens, 201533470.6%5,876
Deaths, 2015302570.5%62,666

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2016NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force14,233550.4%3,326,893
Employed13,725550.4%3,179,806
Unemployed508680.3%147,087
Annual Unemployment Rate3.68181.8%4.4
October 2017 Unemployment Rate2.97285.3%3.4

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, 2016UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed62100.0%100.0%$12,439$3,875,847
Single-Family3861.3%75.2%$9,657$3,417,822
2-Family2438.7%3.1%2,782$64,063
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.9%$0$21,320
5+ Family00.0%20.9%$0$372,642

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 2016
Percent of County
Bluffton9,99735.8%
Markle4531.6%*
Ossian3,35312.0%
Poneto1670.6%
Uniondale3101.1%
Vera Cruz800.3%
Zanesville4751.7%*
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.
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