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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 2015 (Includes detail not shown below)10,83156100.0%100.0%
Married With Children2,2725521.0%19.2%
Married Without Children4,0025236.9%30.0%
Single Parents853597.9%9.8%
Living Alone2,8875426.7%28.0%

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 2015 (includes vacant units)11,65761100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
8,7915375.4%61.9%
Median Value (2015)$115,20038  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
2,0406617.5%27.8%
Median Rent (2015)$50148  

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 2015 ACS)18,746570.4%4,316,273
with High School diploma or higher90.7%11 87.8%
with B.A. or higher degree17.6%36 24.1%

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 2015$37,8234890.2%41,940
Median Household Income in 201555,98719110.8%$50,510
Poverty Rate in 20159.5%7866.0%14.4%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1813.8%7567.6%20.4%
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
August 2017 Unemployment Rate3.57187.5%4.0

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2015 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work14,503100.0%$593,035100.0%$40,891
Wage and Salary11,33378.1%$421,48471.1%$37,191
Farm Proprietors5303.7%$3,5370.6%$6,674
Nonfarm Proprietors2,64018.2%$62,86510.6%$23,813
Farm6854.7%$8,5621.4%$12,499
Nonfarm13,81895.3%$584,47398.6%$42,298
Private12,44085.8%$521,75088.0%$41,941
  Accommodation, Food Serv.6034.2%$9,1051.5%$15,100
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1300.9%$7970.1%$6,131
  Construction7084.9%$33,0725.6%$46,712
  Health Care, Social Serv.1,67111.5%$66,54811.2%$39,825
  InformationData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Manufacturing2,68718.5%$174,05229.3%$64,776
  Professional, Tech. Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Retail Trade1,3569.3%$30,4645.1%$22,466
  Trans., Warehousing1,57310.8%$69,18111.7%$43,980
  Wholesale Trade5463.8%$41,7037.0%$76,379
  Other Private (not above)1,603*11.1%*$47,781*8.1%*$29,807*
Government1,3789.5%$62,72310.6%$45,517

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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