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Blackford County, Indiana (IN)


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County population in 2012: 12,502 (49% urban, 51% rural); it was 14,048 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,414
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,515
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 4,472
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,307 (it was 1,218 in 2000)
% of renters here:

21%
State:

30%

Land area: 165 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.3 sq. mi.
Population density: 76 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Blackford County: 78.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (29.7%), Educational,health and social services (19.6%), Retail trade (10.7%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 84%
  • Government: 11%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 5%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Blackford County, Indiana:


Median resident age:  42.0 years
Indiana median age:  37.0 years

Males: 6,292  (54.1%)
Females: 6,474  (45.9%)

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Blackford County,IN real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Blackford County:

2.0 people
Indiana:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $37,985 ($34,760 in 1999)
This county:

$37985
Indiana:

$45424

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $379 (lower quartile is $303, upper quartile is $466)
This county:

$379
State:

$545


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $79,063 (it was $60,100 in 2000)
Blackford County:

$79,063
Indiana:

$123,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $50,771 - $121,882

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $108,271
Here:

$108,271
State:

$155,412

Townhouses or other attached units: $82,088
Here:

$82,088
State:

$141,472

In 2-unit structures: $40,268
Here:

$40,268
State:

$103,490

Mobile homes: $62,125
Here:

$62,125
State:

$33,761
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,014
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $261

Institutionalized population: 159

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


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Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $824 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $660 (1.0%)


Blackford County household income distribution in 2009 Blackford County home values distribution


Blackford County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 12.3%
(11.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 23.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 35.2% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 42 years old
(Males: 40 years old, Females: 44 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42 years old, Black residents: 29 years old, American Indian residents: 37 years old, Asian residents: 52 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23 years old, Other race residents: 16 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

8.7%
Whole state:

9.5%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

4.0%
Whole state:

4.2%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Blackford County is $432 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $518 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $659 a month.

Cities in this county include: Hartford City, Montpelier, Shamrock Lakes.

Blackford County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable location: Oswalt Hog Farm (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Blackford County include: Bethel Center Church (A), Bethel Church (B), Highway Bible Church (C), Independence Church (D), Kingsley Church (E), Mount Carmel Church (F), Olive Branch Church (G), Pleasant Dale Church (H), Pleasant Grove Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Balsley Cemetery (1), Mills Cemetery (2), Mount Tablor Cemetery (3), Twibell Cemetery (4), Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery (5), Shields Cemetery (6), Stoll Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Lake Blue Water (A), Cains Lake (B), Lake Mohee (C), Lake Placid (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Little Lick Creek (A), Little Joe Creek (B), Priam Run (C), Olive Branch (D), Stoney Creek (E), Dunkirk Drain (F), DeBatty Prong (G), Moore Prong (H), Buckles Run (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Delaware County , Grant County , Jay County , Wells County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 369
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 81.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 10.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 19 (47% naturalized citizens)

Blackford County:

0.1%
Whole state:

3.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 55.6%

Blackford County marital status for males
Blackford County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Blackford County with a mortgage: 2,178 (189 second mortgage, 152 home equity loan, 14 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,152

Here:

65.4% with mortgage
State:

70.9% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 31.81%
Here31.8%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 4,468
Total congregations: 27

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchChurch of the NazareneChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Adherents1,196 (26.8%)829 (18.6%)484 (10.8%)435 (9.7%)371 (8.3%)
Congregations9 (33.3%)2 (7.4%)3 (11.1%)1 (3.7%)1 (3.7%)
Name The Wesleyan ChurchAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAChristian Churches and Churches of ChristPresbyterian Church (USA)Other
Adherents285 (6.4%)280 (6.3%)221 (4.9%)148 (3.3%)219 (4.9%)
Congregations1 (3.7%)1 (3.7%)2 (7.4%)1 (3.7%)6 (22.2%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Blackford County - Hartford City, Montpelier, Shamrock Lakes

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
This county:

4.55 / 10,000 pop.
Indiana:

1.73 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
This county:

5.31 / 10,000 pop.
Indiana:

3.57 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 11
Blackford County:

8.34 / 10,000 pop.
Indiana:

6.78 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

10.1%
Indiana:

9.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

28.6%
Indiana:

29.0%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Blackford County:

8.7%
State:

14.3%


Agriculture in Blackford County:

Average size of farms: 348 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $92,839
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $238.24
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 21.89%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $90,140
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 87.54%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $110,396
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 88.17%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 1.69
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 2.43%
Corn for grain: 27850 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 910 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 54804 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Blackford County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly above Indiana state average. It is 6.4 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 4 fatalities and 255 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 4/11/1965, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado killed 4 people and injured 125 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Blackford County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Indiana state average. It is 92% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/12/1986 at 08:19:37, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 51.3 miles away from the county center
On 9/12/2004 at 13:05:19, a magnitude 3.8 (3.5 MB, 3.8 MW, 3.6 LG, Depth: 3.8 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 64.7 miles away from the county center
On 4/14/2000 at 03:54:20, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 89.0 miles away from the county center
On 12/20/1990 at 14:04:17, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 93.7 miles away from Blackford County center
On 4/17/1990 at 10:27:34, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 25.7 miles away from the county center
On 12/17/1990 at 05:24:59, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 MD, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 93.9 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Blackford County (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 5, Floods: 4, Tornadoes: 4, Snows: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Storm: 1, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Transportation equipment (12%)
  • Construction (9%)
  • Paper (6%)
  • Metal and metal products (6%)
  • Nonmetallic mineral products (5%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (4%)
  • Health care (15%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Transportation equipment (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Nonmetallic mineral products (4%)
  • Public administration (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (15%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (8%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (13%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (4%)
  • Cashiers (3%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (3%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Blackford County (%):





Blackford County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 5,429 (83%)
  • Carpooled: 712 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 19 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 8 (0%)
  • Walked: 107 (2%)
  • Other means: 35 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 259 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Blackford County, Indiana in 2000:

People in group quarters in Blackford County, Indiana in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $41,136.

5.16% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($24,941 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.16%
Indiana average:

6.54%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.09% relocated from other counties in Indiana ($19,199 average AGI)
1.06% relocated from other states ($5,739 average AGI)
Blackford County:

1.06%
Indiana average:

2.47%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Delaware County, IN  1.44% ($27,171 average AGI)
from Grant County, IN  0.74% ($22,154)
from Jay County, IN  0.44% ($21,783)
from Wells County, IN  0.30% ($17,375)


6.45% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($27,701 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.45%
Indiana average:

6.56%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.12% relocated to other counties in Indiana ($21,365 average AGI)
1.33% relocated to other states ($6,336 average AGI)
Blackford County:

1.33%
Indiana average:

2.55%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Delaware County, IN  1.36% ($27,178 average AGI)
to Grant County, IN  0.90% ($22,125)
to Jay County, IN  0.60% ($31,344)
to Wells County, IN  0.58% ($31,419)
to Marion County, IN  0.32% ($18,882)
to Allen County, IN  0.24% ($22,692)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.2

Births per 1000 population in Blackford County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Blackford County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 10.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.1

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Blackford County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,495 (2,159 aged, 336 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 7%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 7.22
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 3720.830
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 180.620
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 57098.48

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1111.990
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1364.720
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 21.66

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 21.57
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 50.55

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 7.22

Household type by relationship:

Households: 12,603

Size of family households: 1,765 2-persons, 776 3-persons, 587 4-persons, 281 5-persons, 107 6-persons, 51 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,449 1-person, 182 2-persons, 27 3-persons, 8 4-persons, 2 5-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

97.8% of residents of Blackford County speak English at home.
1.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (70% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 12% speak English not well).
0.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (74% speak English very well, 26% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (27% speak English very well, 73% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $70,408,000 ($5087 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $2,291,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $37,882,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $16,603,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $2,477,000
Federal grants: $9,592,000
Federal procurement contracts: $481,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,373,000 ($1,425,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $255,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $3,846,000
Federal Government insurance: $12,647,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 844
Here:

61 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 809
Here:

58 per 1000 residents
State:

47 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: -4
Here -0 per 1000 residents
State +9 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -212
Here -15 per 1000 residents
State -3 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Blackford County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.42 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.1
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.5
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Blackford County, Indiana
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 6
  • 2 rooms: 12
  • 3 rooms: 91
  • 4 rooms: 371
  • 5 rooms: 1,076
  • 6 rooms: 1,097
  • 7 rooms: 927
  • 8 rooms: 474
  • 9+ rooms: 418
  • 1 room: 6
  • 2 rooms: 66
  • 3 rooms: 206
  • 4 rooms: 340
  • 5 rooms: 281
  • 6 rooms: 154
  • 7 rooms: 102
  • 8 rooms: 40
  • 9+ rooms: 23
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Blackford County, Indiana
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 13
  • 1 bedroom: 99
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,097
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,497
  • 4 bedrooms: 633
  • 5+ bedrooms: 133
  • no bedroom: 16
  • 1 bedroom: 299
  • 2 bedrooms: 510
  • 3 bedrooms: 294
  • 4 bedrooms: 93
  • 5+ bedrooms: 6
Cars and other vehicles available in Blackford County, Indiana in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 128
  • 1 vehicle: 1,085
  • 2 vehicles: 2,153
  • 3 vehicles: 828
  • 4 vehicles: 197
  • 5+ vehicles: 81
  • no vehicle: 177
  • 1 vehicle: 592
  • 2 vehicles: 322
  • 3 vehicles: 82
  • 4 vehicles: 24
  • 5+ vehicles: 21

60% of Blackford County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 62% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 79% lived in Indiana.

Blackford County:

60.5%
State average:

55.7%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $49,400


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Blackford County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (47.0%)
  • Electricity (30.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (15.7%)
  • Wood (3.6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (3.0%)
  • Electricity (46.6%)
  • Utility gas (41.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (7.1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (3.0%)
  • Wood (1.1%)
  • Other fuel (0.7%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 98
Here:

6.2%
Indiana:

11.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 49
Here:

6.2%
Indiana:

8.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 61
Here:

19.1%
Indiana:

23.4%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue Debt

Blackford County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Blackford County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Blackford County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Blackford County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Blackford County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Blackford County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Blackford County, IN among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary15679.6 years
William13173.6 years
John11773.5 years
Robert11072.5 years
Charles10574.2 years
James7972.1 years
George6577.1 years
Ruth5778.6 years
Helen5578.6 years
Dorothy4778.2 years
Most common last names in Blackford County, IN among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith7477.5 years
Williams5376.0 years
Jones4777.1 years
Johnson4477.0 years
Bell3571.1 years
Cook3374.6 years
Brown3379.3 years
Sills3378.6 years
Rogers2678.0 years
Clark2574.8 years
Businesses in Blackford County, IN
NameCountNameCount
Burger King1Pizza Hut1
CVS1Subway2
FedEx1Taco Bell1
H&R Block1UPS2
KFC1YMCA1
McDonald's1

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