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Delaware County, Indiana

The Delaware tribe of Indians gave this county its name, founded in 1827

County Seat: Muncie

Largest City: Muncie (2023 population: 65,081)

Population per Square Mile: 286.46

Square Miles: 392.10

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2020)111,903161.7%6,484,050
Today (2023)112,321151.6%6,862,199
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*111,634151.6%7,014,880
Percent Change 2020 to Today0.4%77 1.1%

*Projection based on 2015 Census population estimates.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Components of Population Change, 2022-2023NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration33915 4,599
Net International Migration12118 17,869
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-30191-4.0%7,508

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2022NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)5,159184.6%5.9%
School Age (5 to 17)14,7811813.2%17.0%
College Age (18 to 24)22,131819.8%9.9%
Young Adult (25 to 44)24,9541722.3%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)25,2201622.5%24.5%
Seniors (65 and older)19,7861617.7%16.9%
Median Age35.6  Median Age = 38.2

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2022NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone359210.3%0.4%
Asian Alone1,593181.4%2.8%
Black Alone8,294147.4%10.3%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone73180.1%0.1%
Two or More Race Groups3,023152.7%2.4%
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 2022 (Includes detail not shown below)46,15915100.0%100.0%
Married With Children6,2711713.6%18.1%
Married Without Children12,3321626.7%29.6%
Single Parents4,6741410.1%9.0%
Living Alone14,1161430.6%29.4%

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 2023 (estimate)51,78415100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2022 (includes vacant units)51,61315100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Value (2022)$120,50080  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Rent (2022)$66434  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2022/2023 Total Reported) 15,931151.4%1,124,094
Adults (25+ in 2022 ACS)69,984161.5%4,532,091
with High School diploma or higher90.7%35 90%
with B.A. or higher degree25.5%18 28.2%

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 2022$45,4658378.0%58,323
Median Household Income in 202254,0598881.0%$66,768
Poverty Rate in 202219.0%3152.0%12.5%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1820.5%10133.1%15.4%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 202278102.0%3,933
Food Stamp Recipients in 202213,94282.3%611,203
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2022/20238,520151.7%511,735

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, 20211,123161.4%79,946
Births to Teens, 202163111.6%3,845
Deaths, 20191,369112.1%66,005

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2023NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force51,390151.5%3,401,387
Annual Unemployment Rate3.813115.2%3.3
April 2024 Unemployment Rate3.913114.7%3.4

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2022 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work59,783100.0%$3,302,914100.0%$55,248
Wage and Salary49,66883.1%$2,478,29875.0%$49,897
Farm Proprietors5030.8%$20,3550.6%$40,467
Nonfarm Proprietors9,61216.1%$236,4037.2%$24,595
  Accommodation, Food Serv.5,1178.6%$125,3053.8%$24,488
  Arts, Ent., Recreation9581.6%$14,3620.4%$14,992
  Health Care, Social Serv.10,17317.0%$764,08123.1%$75,109
  Professional, Tech. Serv.2,9354.9%$199,6676.0%$68,030
  Retail Trade6,91511.6%$275,9678.4%$39,908
  Trans., Warehousing1,9743.3%$92,1262.8%$46,670
  Wholesale Trade1,3672.3%$112,9613.4%$82,634
  Other Private (not above)12,597*21.1%*$605,684*18.3%*$48,082*

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, 2023UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed82100.0%100.0%$30,978$7,695,489
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.9%$0$40,460
5+ Family00.0%34.2%$0$1,594,777

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 Delaware County

in 2023
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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