Regional Magnet for Workers

Workforce Overview:
If you only look at our county or MSA population, you’ll find that we have a population of just over 83,000 persons. You might, therefore, be surprised to learn that our actual commuting region is home to 1.8 million people within approximately 45 miles (72 km) offering an active labor force of 935,000 persons. Click here for detailed workforce and employment data and here for local occupation and wage figures.

Source: Hoosier by the Numbers Large Area Radius Tool

Active labor force: 935,000


Effective Commuting Region

Given our nationally recognized living experience, amenities, and excellent schools, most people who work in Bartholomew County choose to live here, too. Average commute time is just 19.6 minutes with 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).

Additional commuting data

Manufacturing/Production Workers:
With 38% of our local workforce tied to manufacturing (compared to 9% in the U.S.), Bartholomew County ranks in the top 2%, and our commuting region employed more than 80,000 persons in production occupations (more than 10,000 within our county alone).

Source: Hoosier by the Numbers


Below you’ll find a quick overview. For more details, click the below Population Data button.  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 2019 census estimates, 98.4% of the population reported only one race, with 80.8% reporting “white alone”, 11.7% “Asian alone”, and 2.5% “African American alone”.  Our population is also 5.8% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.48 persons compared to an average family size of 3.00 persons.

By Place of ResidenceValueRank in U.S.
Population (2019)83,779686
Growth (%) since 2010 Census9.1%432
Households (2018)31,669681
Labor Force (persons) (2019)45,027626
Unemployment Rate (2019)2.52,858
Per Capita Personal Income (2018)$49,922687
Median Household Income (2018)$63,067531
H.S. Diploma or More - % of Adults 25+ (2018)90.9%863
Bachelor's Deg. or More - % of Adults 25+ (2018)32.3%387
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Additional Demographic Data from StatsAmerica