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Perry County, Indiana

Organized in 1814 and named for War of 1812 hero Oliver Hazard Perry

County Seat: Tell City

Largest City: Tell City (2023 population: 7,485)

Population per Square Mile: 50.32

Square Miles: 381.70

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2020)19,170750.3%6,484,050
Today (2023)19,209750.3%6,862,199
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*18,836750.3%7,014,880
Percent Change 2020 to Today0.2%50 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 Migration5350 4,599
Net International Migration2540 17,869
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-7564-1.0%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)981765.1%5.9%
School Age (5 to 17)2,9437415.3%17.0%
College Age (18 to 24)1,523727.9%9.9%
Young Adult (25 to 44)5,0216926.2%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)4,9787526.0%24.5%
Seniors (65 and older)3,7377619.5%16.9%
Median Age41.5  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 Alone58810.3%0.4%
Asian Alone154590.8%2.8%
Black Alone627393.3%10.3%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone14550.1%0.1%
Two or More Race Groups235781.2%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)7,58675100.0%100.0%
Married With Children1,3087317.2%18.1%
Married Without Children2,3217630.6%29.6%
Single Parents454786.0%9.0%
Living Alone2,4016831.7%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)8,63776100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2022 (includes vacant units)8,53375100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Value (2022)$136,70065  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Rent (2022)$51383  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2022/2023 Total Reported) 2,904710.3%1,124,094
Adults (25+ in 2022 ACS)13,667740.3%4,532,091
with High School diploma or higher91.2%27 90%
with B.A. or higher degree16.2%65 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$44,2508675.9%58,323
Median Household Income in 202255,5038283.1%$66,768
Poverty Rate in 202216.6%8132.8%12.5%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1816.5%36107.1%15.4%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 20227800.2%3,933
Food Stamp Recipients in 20221,525700.2%611,203
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2022/20231,393700.3%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, 2021184780.2%79,946
Births to Teens, 20217780.2%3,845
Deaths, 2019231720.3%66,005

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2023NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force9,100710.3%3,401,387
Annual Unemployment Rate3.05490.9%3.3
April 2024 Unemployment Rate2.87482.4%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 work8,461100.0%$493,097100.0%$58,279
Wage and Salary6,57477.7%$334,64067.9%$50,904
Farm Proprietors3544.2%$21,1864.3%$59,847
Nonfarm Proprietors1,53318.1%$60,19112.2%$39,264
  Accommodation, Food Serv.5446.4%$11,4012.3%$20,958
  Arts, Ent., Recreation680.8%$6640.1%$9,765
  Health Care, Social Serv.4875.8%$25,7165.2%$52,805
  Professional, Tech. Serv.1922.3%$12,2852.5%$63,984
  Retail Trade95211.3%$25,7735.2%$27,072
  Trans., Warehousing1812.1%$8,0681.6%$44,575
  Wholesale Trade871.0%$4,9151.0%$56,494
  Other Private (not above)1,200*14.2%*$67,753*13.7%*$56,461*

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 Filed34100.0%100.0%$8,387$7,695,489
3- and 4-Family411.8%0.9%$552$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 Perry County

in 2023
Percent of County
Tell City7,48539.0%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annual population estimates

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