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Demographic Facts

DeKalb County has experienced slow, but steady growth over the last 50 years with the population increasing nearly 14,000 residents. The ratio of females to males is 50% with the workforce representing nearly 50% of the county’s population. In fact, the median age of DeKalb County’s workforce is younger (34.7 years) than that of the State of Indiana and of the U.S.

Little-known facts

  • DeKalb County is named after Johann Baron de Kalb, a revolutionary war hero
  • The cost of living in DeKalb County is 12.6% less than the national average
  • Public schools in DeKalb County spend $155 more per student than the national average
  • The homeownership rate is 81%
  • Average commute time is 23 minutes
  • DeKalb County is 362.8 square miles of which only 1.03% is water
  • Renters make up 17.6% of the county’s population
People QuickFactsDeKalb CountyIndiana
Population, 2013 estimate42,3076,570,902
Population, 2010 (April 1) estimates base42,2236,483,797
Population, % change, April 1, 2010 to July 1, 20130.2%1.3%
Population, 201042,2236,483,802
Persons under 5 years, percent, 20136.2%6.4%
Persons under 18 years, percent, 201325.2%24.1%
Persons 65 years and over, percent, 201314.4%13.9%
Female persons, percent, 201350.4%50.7%
Housing units, 201317,5242,809,447
Homeownership rate, 2008-201279.1%70.6%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2008-2012 12.9%18.5%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2008-2012$109,200$123,400
Households, 2008-201216,3502,478,846
Persons per household, 2008-20122.552.54
Per capita money income in past 12 months (2012 dollars), 2008-2012$22,193$24,558
Median household income, 2008-2012$46,065$48,374
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2008-201212.1%14.7%

For more information

Residents in Waterloo participated in a comprehensive planning process in 2013. Click here to see the full plan:

Waterloo Comprehensive Plan Final 2013