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Bartholomew County, Indiana

Named in 1821 for General Joseph Bartholomew, who fought in the Battle of Tippecanoe

County Seat: Columbus

Largest City: Columbus (2021 population: 50,569)

Population per Square Mile: 205.31

Square Miles: 406.90

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)76,782201.2%6,484,050
Today (2022)83,540191.2%6,833,037
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*84,496191.2%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today8.8%12 5.4%

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

Components of Population Change, 2021-2022NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-363 5,230
Net International Migration6586 15,490
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)181917.7%1,024

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2021NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)5,146186.2%6.0%
School Age (5 to 17)14,7821817.9%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)6,454217.8%9.7%
Young Adult (25 to 44)22,2651827.0%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)20,1622224.4%24.9%
Seniors (65 and older)13,6662116.6%16.4%
Median Age37.8  Median Age = 38.1

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2021NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone423180.5%0.4%
Asian Alone6,69398.1%2.7%
Black Alone2,049232.5%10.2%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone77160.1%0.1%
Two or More Race Groups1,526221.9%2.3%
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 2021 (Includes detail not shown below)32,30319100.0%100.0%
Married With Children6,2921819.5%18.2%
Married Without Children10,0112231.0%29.8%
Single Parents2,703238.4%9.2%
Living Alone8,9251927.6%29.1%

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 2021 (estimate)35,50020100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2021 (includes vacant units)35,15520100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Value (2021)$172,90013  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Rent (2021)$7938  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2021/2022 Total Reported) 13,753201.2%1,120,155
Adults (25+ in 2021 ACS)55,727191.2%4,501,214
with High School diploma or higher91.6%18 89.8%
with B.A. or higher degree35.2%6 27.8%

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 2021$61,1367108.2%56,497
Median Household Income in 202172,45812115.5%$62,723
Poverty Rate in 20218.1%7966.9%12.1%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1811.4%7972.6%15.7%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 202243181.1%3,933
Food Stamp Recipients in 20225,750220.9%611,203
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2021/20225,117211.1%481,568

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, 20191,036181.3%80,851
Births to Teens, 201751231.0%5,152
Deaths, 2019769231.2%66,005

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2021NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force42,821181.3%3,355,642
Annual Unemployment Rate2.94874.4%3.9
February 2023 Unemployment Rate2.97582.9%3.5

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2021 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work58,961100.0%$4,274,159100.0%$72,491
Wage and Salary50,95286.4%$3,202,42474.9%$62,852
Farm Proprietors4900.8%$40,6601.0%$82,980
Nonfarm Proprietors7,51912.8%$328,6237.7%$43,706
  Accommodation, Food Serv.3,6746.2%$102,6762.4%$27,947
  Arts, Ent., Recreation6221.1%$10,3050.2%$16,568
  Health Care, Social Serv.4,7908.1%$318,9597.5%$66,589
  Professional, Tech. Serv.2,4614.2%$170,9694.0%$69,471
  Retail Trade5,7409.7%$213,6155.0%$37,215
  Trans., Warehousing1,3962.4%$78,6481.8%$56,338
  Wholesale Trade1,7903.0%$331,2107.7%$185,034
  Other Private (not above)10,106*17.1%*$545,000*12.8%*$53,928*

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, 2021UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed231100.0%100.0%$63,407$7,583,249
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.4%$0$30,324
5+ Family00.0%22.7%$0$742,937

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 Bartholomew County

in 2021
Percent of County
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annual population estimates

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