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Whitley County, Indiana

Named for Colonel William Whitley, fallen hero of the War of 1812

County Seat: Columbia City

Largest City: Columbia City (2016 population: 8,861)

Population per Square Mile: 99.67

Square Miles: 335.60

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)33,291490.5%6,484,136
Today (2016)33,449480.5%6,633,053
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*35,333470.5%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today0.5%30 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-6737 -12,135
Net International Migration1443 11,052
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)113280.5%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)1,990475.9%6.4%
School Age (5 to 17)5,7694717.2%17.4%
College Age (18 to 24)2,567527.7%10.0%
Young Adult (25 to 44)7,9064623.6%25.2%
Older Adult (45 to 64)9,5914528.7%26.1%
Seniors (65 and older)5,6264816.8%14.9%
Median Age41.4  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 Alone125440.4%0.4%
Asian Alone147550.4%2.2%
Black Alone146670.4%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone16400.0%0.1%
White32,6244797.5%85.6%
Two or More Race Groups391451.2%2.0%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic32,8044798.1%93.2%
Hispanic645581.9%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)13,15244100.0%100.0%
Married With Children2,6754620.3%19.2%
Married Without Children4,8804137.1%30.0%
Single Parents1,099488.4%9.8%
Living Alone3,1174923.7%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)14,55248100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2015 (includes vacant units)14,20848100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
10,8324076.2%61.9%
Median Value (2015)$130,40023  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
2,3206116.3%27.8%
Median Rent (2015)$46169  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2016/2017 Total Reported) 4,727550.4%1,110,866
Public4,727520.5%1,048,879
Adults (25+ in 2015 ACS)22,818460.5%4,316,273
with High School diploma or higher90.8%10 87.8%
with B.A. or higher degree18.4%32 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 2016$40,7313194.5%43,097
Median Household Income in 201556,14218111.2%$50,510
Poverty Rate in 20157.9%8654.9%14.4%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1811.3%8555.4%20.4%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201617770.2%7,519
Food Stamp Recipients in 20161,714730.2%722,928
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2016/20171,243750.3%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, 2015398470.5%84,008
Births to Teens, 201521660.4%5,876
Deaths, 2015298580.5%62,666

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2016NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force17,285450.5%3,326,893
Employed16,612450.5%3,179,806
Unemployed673490.5%147,087
Annual Unemployment Rate3.96988.6%4.4
September 2017 Unemployment Rate2.9185.3%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 work17,265100.0%$748,057100.0%$43,328
Wage and Salary12,97775.2%$526,52170.4%$40,573
Farm Proprietors6263.6%$15,4892.1%$24,743
Nonfarm Proprietors3,66221.2%$63,3118.5%$17,289
Farm7204.2%$18,0732.4%$25,101
Nonfarm16,54595.8%$729,98497.6%$44,121
Private14,98886.8%$655,46387.6%$43,733
  Accommodation, Food Serv.1,0336.0%$15,3622.1%$14,871
  Arts, Ent., Recreation2041.2%$1,4990.2%$7,348
  Construction9485.5%$54,0177.2%$56,980
  Health Care, Social Serv.1,2007.0%$45,0306.0%$37,525
  Information1490.9%$6,7390.9%$45,228
  Manufacturing5,18230.0%$337,36245.1%$65,103
  Professional, Tech. Serv.4082.4%$7,0250.9%$17,218
  Retail Trade1,6509.6%$41,3865.5%$25,082
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade5673.3%$31,3944.2%$55,369
  Other Private (not above)3,096*17.9%*$84,834*11.3%*$27,401*
Government1,5579.0%$74,52110.0%$47,862

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 Filed136100.0%100.0%$21,449$3,875,847
Single-Family10275.0%75.2%$19,974$3,417,822
2-Family00.0%3.1%0$64,063
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.9%$0$21,320
5+ Family3425.0%20.9%$1,475$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 Whitley County

NamePopulation
in 2016
Percent of County
Churubusco1,8115.4%
Columbia City8,86126.5%
Larwill2810.8%
South Whitley1,7405.2%
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