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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%
Two or More Race Groups391451.2%2.0%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    

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)
Median Value (2015)$130,40023  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
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
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 2015$39,1453593.3%41,940
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
Annual Unemployment Rate3.96988.6%4.4
August 2017 Unemployment Rate3.38382.5%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 work17,083100.0%$702,162100.0%$41,103
Wage and Salary12,81275.0%$512,60773.0%$40,010
Farm Proprietors6263.7%$-4,479-0.6%$-7,155
Nonfarm Proprietors3,64521.3%$62,6058.9%$17,176
  Accommodation, Food Serv.9915.8%$14,1522.0%$14,281
  Arts, Ent., Recreation2231.3%$1,8580.3%$8,332
  Health Care, Social Serv.1,1967.0%$43,4346.2%$36,316
  Professional, Tech. Serv.4242.5%$6,6580.9%$15,703
  Retail Trade1,6099.4%$36,2825.2%$22,549
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade5923.5%$32,6154.6%$55,093
  Other Private (not above)3,090*18.1%*$83,548*11.9%*$27,038*

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
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

in 2016
Percent of County
Columbia City8,86126.5%
South Whitley1,7405.2%
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