Regional Magnet for Workers

Active labor force: 884,000

If you only look at our county or MSA population, you’ll find that we have a population of just over 78,000 persons. You might be surprised to learn that our actual commuting region is home to 1.7 million people within approximately 35 miles (56 km) offering an active labor force of 884,000 persons.


Detailed Workforce and Employment Data – from


Given our nationally recognized living experience, amenities, and excellent schools, most people who work in Bartholomew County choose to live here, too. As such, the average commute time is just 19.8 minutes, or about 15 miles (24 km). Since that’s the average, about half drive less and half drive more.

Effective Commuting Region

Residents and commuters alike enjoy very little congestion on our roadways, and with the connectivity that I-65, US 31, and several state highways provide, the effective commuting region covers greater than 35 miles (56 km).

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Oh, so you’re a numbers person?

Below you’ll find a quick overview. For more details, click the below Population Data button or visit our IEDC Standard Data Set page.  If you are thinking about relocating to Columbus or Bartholomew County, Indiana, be sure to check out our Living Here section.

Population Overview for Bartholomew County, Indiana

Part of: Columbus IN, Metropolitan Statistical Area (one-county MSA)

Part of: Indianapolis-Anderson-Columbus IN, Combined Statistical Area (multi-county CSA)

Bartholomew County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 406.9 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 194.5 per square mile. On the 2011 census estimates, 98.4% of the population reported only one race, with 92.0% reporting “white alone”, 3.7% “asian alone”, and 2.2% “black alone”.  Our population is also 6.3% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.50 persons compared to an average family size of 3.00 persons.

By Place of ResidenceValueRank in U.S.
Population (2016)81,402691
Growth (%) since 2010 Census6.0%409
Households (2016)30,518690
Labor Force (persons) (2015)43,649643
Unemployment Rate (2015)3.62416
Per Capita Personal Income (2015)$45,575751
Median Household Income (2015)$55,050668
H.S. Diploma or More - % of Adults 25+ (2015)89.4%856
Bachelor's Deg. or More - % of Adults 25+ (2015)28.5%514
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