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Located at the midpoint between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne on the Interstate 69 corridor, Grant County is home to a diverse blend of people, businesses, industry, and history. We have peaceful small towns, urban centers of Marion and Gas City, two world class universities, Indiana Wesleyan University and Taylor University, a state of the art Ivy Tech campus, three state run reservoirs close by, the annual James Dean Festival.

Founded in 1831 and named for frontier fighters Moses and Samuel Grant

County Seat: Marion

Largest City: Marion (2011 population: 29,838)

Population per Square Mile: 167.42

Square Miles: 414.10

Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010) 70,061 22 1.1% 6,483,800
Today (2012) 69,330 24 1.1% 6,537,334
Tomorrow (2020 projection)* 67,253 24 1.0% 6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today -1.0% 74  

0.8%

Components of Population Change, 2011-2012NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration -383 85   -13,291
Net International Migration 20 38   8,708
Natural Increase (births minus deaths) 14 60 0.1% 25,645
Population Estimates by Age, 2011NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4) 4,010 25 5.7% 6.6%
School Age (5 to 17) 10,957 27 15.7% 17.9%
College Age (18 to 24) 9,379 17 13.4% 10.1%
Young Adult (25 to 44) 14,965 25 21.4% 25.6%
Older Adult (45 to 64) 19,017 24 27.2% 26.7%
Seniors (65 and older) 11,465 19 16.4% 13.2%
Median Age 39.7     Median Age = 37.1
Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2011NumberRank ofPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone 263 23 0.4% 0.4%
Asian Alone 437 26 0.6% 1.7%
Black Alone 4,971 17 7.1% 9.4%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone 24 28 0.0% 0.1%
White 62,616 25 89.7% 86.8%
Two or More Race Groups 1,482 20 2.1% 1.7%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)        
Non-Hispanic 67,215 24 96.3% 93.8%
Hispanic 2,578 24 3.7% 6.2%
Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2011 (Includes detail not shown below) 27,081 23 100.0% 100.0%
Married With Children 4,202 30 15.5% 20.5%
Married Without Children 9,198 22 34.0% 30.1%
Single Parents 2,924 21 10.8% 9.8%
Living Alone 7,912 20 29.2% 27.5%
HousingNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Total Housing Units in 2010 (estimate) 30,443 23 100.0% 100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2011 (includes vacant units) 30,549 23 100.0% 100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
18,991 25 62.2% 63.0%
Median Value (2011) $82,500 85    
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
8,090 21 26.5% 25.6%
Median Rent (2011) $435 67    
EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2010/2011 Total Reported) 11,248 26 1.0% 1,122,909
Public 10,932 25 1.0% 1,046,556
Adults (25+ in 2011 ACS) 45,538 25 1.1% 4,199,481
with High School diploma or higher 84% 67   86.6%
with B.A. or higher degree 16.3% 38   22.7%
Income and PovertyNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Per Capita Personal Income (annual) in 2011 $32,141 51 90.1% 35,689
Median Household Income in 2011 38,745 83 83.5% $46,410
Poverty Rate in 2011 17.4% 19 110.1% 15.8%
Poverty Rate among Children under 18 25.5% 19 112.8% 22.6%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 2010 311 19 1.0% 30,864
Food Stamp Recipients in 2010 11,562 15 1.4% 829,907
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2011 5,976 20 1.2% 488,964
Health and Vital StatisticsNumberRank ofPercent of StateIndiana
Births, 2010 778 24 0.9% 83,867
Births to Teens, 2009 137 15 1.4% 9,484
Deaths, 2010 834 18 1.5% 56,635
Labor Force, 2011NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force 32,880 24 1.0% 3,158,063
Employed 29,437 24 1.0% 2,874,722
Unemployed 3,443 20 1.2% 283,341
Annual Unemployment Rate 10.5 15 116.7% 9.0
February 2013 Unemployment Rate 10.8 24 116.1% 9.3
Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2011EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work 34,597 100.0% $1,527,043 100.0% $44,138
Wage and Salary 29,027 83.9% $1,078,144 70.6% $37,143
Farm Proprietors 439 1.3% $31,510 2.1% $71,777
Nonfarm Proprietors 5,131 14.8% $137,754 9.0% $26,847
Farm 506 1.5% $33,985 2.2% $67,164
Nonfarm 34,091 98.5% $1,493,058 97.8% $43,796
Private 29,828 86.2% $1,252,635 82.0% $41,995
  Accommodation, Food Serv. 2,152 6.2% $33,904 2.2% $15,755
  Arts, Ent., Recreation 329 1.0% $2,673 0.2% $8,125
  Construction 1,229 3.6% $42,324 2.8% $34,438
  Health Care, Social Serv. 4,767 13.8% $254,291 16.7% $53,344
  Information 293 0.8% $9,796 0.6% $33,433
  Manufacturing 4,468 12.9% $367,449 24.1% $82,240
  Professional, Tech. Serv. 775 2.2% $27,004 1.8% $34,844
  Retail Trade 3,760 10.9% $90,013 5.9% $23,940
  Trans., Warehousing 1,528 4.4% $63,971 4.2% $41,866
  Wholesale Trade Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Other Private (not above) 8,995* 26.0%* $283,412* 18.6%* $31,508*
Government 4,263 12.3% $240,423 15.7% $56,398
Residential Building Permits, 2011UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed 33 100.0% 100.0% $5,017 $1,975,556
Single-Family 31 93.9% 73.9% $4,670 $1,738,701
2-Family 2 6.1% 2.8% 347 $33,091
3- and 4-Family 0 0.0% 1.3% $0 $15,672
5+ Family 0 0.0% 22.1% $0 $188,092

Largest Cities and Towns in Grant County

NamePopulation
in 2011
Percent of County
Converse 271 0.4%*
Fairmount 2,941 4.2%
Fowlerton 259 0.4%
Gas City 5,940 8.5%
Jonesboro 1,749 2.5%
Marion 29,838 42.8%
Matthews 593 0.9%
Swayzee 976 1.4%
Sweetser 1,226 1.8%
Upland 3,836 5.5%
Van Buren 862 1.2%

*Projection based on 2010 Census counts.
Sources:

U.S. Census Bureau

Indiana Business Research Center

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

Indiana Family Social Services Administration

Indiana Department of Education

Indiana Library Populations 2010