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Posey County, Indiana

Named in 1814 for Indiana Territory Governor Thomas Posey

County Seat: Mt. Vernon

Largest City: Mount Vernon (2020 population: 6,426)

Population per Square Mile: 61.71

Square Miles: 409.60

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)25,912610.4%6,484,050
Today (2020)25,275610.4%6,754,953
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*23,260640.3%7,143,795
Percent Change 2010 to Today-2.5%62 4.2%

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

Components of Population Change, 2019-2020NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-11964 1,323
Net International Migration-184 8,743
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)-1459-0.1%13,740

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2020NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)1,375645.4%6.1%
School Age (5 to 17)4,1666116.5%17.0%
College Age (18 to 24)1,739646.9%9.7%
Young Adult (25 to 44)5,9036123.4%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)7,0156027.8%24.9%
Seniors (65 and older)5,0775920.1%16.5%
Median Age43.0  Median Age = 38.0

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2020NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone81710.3%0.4%
Asian Alone147580.6%2.7%
Black Alone273541.1%10.1%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone6690.0%0.1%
White24,4396196.7%84.5%
Two or More Race Groups329581.3%2.2%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic24,9596198.7%92.6%
Hispanic316771.3%7.4%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2019 (Includes detail not shown below)10,15562100.0%100.0%
Married With Children1,9436119.1%18.5%
Married Without Children4,0075239.5%29.7%
Single Parents554735.5%9.3%
Living Alone2,4986324.6%29.0%

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 2020 (estimate)11,62462100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2019 (includes vacant units)11,50862100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
8,2995872.1%61.5%
Median Value (2019)$144,20026  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
1,8567016.1%27.5%
Median Rent (2019)$51655  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2019/2020 Total Reported) 4,020620.4%1,111,333
Public3,503640.3%1,050,614
Adults (25+ in 2019 ACS)17,933600.4%4,430,493
with High School diploma or higher93.4%5 88.8%
with B.A. or higher degree21.9%24 26.5%

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 2019$50,40711103.6%48,678
Median Household Income in 201968,43512118.8%$57,617
Poverty Rate in 20198.6%7772.3%11.9%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1810.1%8266.9%15.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 202026510.4%6,657
Food Stamp Recipients in 20201,882650.3%659,095
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2019/20201,313710.3%507,739

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, 2017255680.3%82,170
Births to Teens, 201711770.2%5,152
Deaths, 2017243690.4%65,602

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2020NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force12,834610.4%3,319,010
Employed12,202610.4%3,082,982
Unemployed632680.3%236,028
Annual Unemployment Rate4.98769.0%7.1
June 2021 Unemployment Rate3.85280.9%4.7

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2019 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work12,281100.0%$799,963100.0%$65,138
Wage and Salary9,53177.6%$563,87970.5%$59,163
Farm Proprietors3442.8%$16,5422.1%$48,087
Nonfarm Proprietors2,40619.6%$60,7457.6%$25,247
Farm5444.4%$21,1492.6%$38,877
Nonfarm11,73795.6%$778,81497.4%$66,355
Private10,51785.6%$713,84189.2%$67,875
  Accommodation, Food Serv.5724.7%$11,5761.4%$20,238
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1381.1%$7850.1%$5,688
  Construction7396.0%$43,8475.5%$59,333
  Health Care, Social Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Information340.3%$1,6820.2%$49,471
  Manufacturing2,96824.2%$370,02446.3%$124,671
  Professional, Tech. Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Retail Trade1,0598.6%$39,9625.0%$37,736
  Trans., Warehousing9747.9%$59,7767.5%$61,372
  Wholesale TradeData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Other Private (not above)2,298*18.7%*$81,024*10.1%*$35,258*
Government1,2209.9%$64,9738.1%$53,257

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, 2020UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed52100.0%100.0%$12,082$5,872,297
Single-Family52100.0%76.2%$12,082$5,209,930
2-Family00.0%2.5%0$83,895
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.8%$0$25,965
5+ Family00.0%20.6%$0$552,508

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 Posey County

NamePopulation
in 2020
Percent of County
Cynthiana5322.1%
Griffin1670.7%
Mount Vernon6,42625.4%
New Harmony7473.0%
Poseyville1,0314.1%
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