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Regional Development

Demographic Profiles

In many Indiana counties, gaining easy access to relevant demographic, education, social and economic data are not always easy to locate. Even when readily available, the information is usually not presented in a way that is clear to local leaders, organizations and residents.

In an effort to provide individuals with user-friendly county level data on counties in Indiana, PCRD is pleased to provide two complementary sets of data products for use by individuals, organizations and agencies across the state. The first is Quick Facts, a two-page document that captures a variety of key data, presenting them in a visually pleasing, straightforward manner. The second is our Data Snapshot, a product that not only focuses on a wider array of data items, but also provides the reader with brief interpretations of some of the more significant data results.

Two Sets of Demographic Profiles

In an effort to provide individuals with user-friendly county level data on counties in Indiana, the PCRD has begun producing two types of reports. The first is Quick Facts, a two-page document that captures a variety of key data, presented in a visually pleasing, straightforward manner.

The second data series is called Data Snapshot. Each report showcases an array of population, economic and labor force data. The benefit of the Snapshot is that users are provided succinct interpretations of some of the key data captures in the report. Furthermore, insights on the opportunities and challenges that counties may have to consider in light of these data are offered for consideration by local leaders, agencies and other appropriate entities.

When reviewing the data reports, we recommend you give careful consideration to the following items:

  1. Conditions that are described by the data such as the level of poverty, percent of adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher, the percent of the male and female population 65 years of age and older and the major drivers of the local economy.
  2. Direction of changes occurring for items that are being tracked over multiple years such as the unemployment rate—are things getting better or worse over time in your county?
  3. Intensity of change for specific items, such as the level of growth or decline taking place in specific age groupings over time, level of changes in average earnings or the number of jobs gained or lost by various industries in recent years.
  4. Comparison of your county with other counties in Indiana of similar size or population make-up—is your county doing better or worse when contrasted with these other counties?
  5. Finally, take stock of the overall picture the data appear to be painting about the county. Assess what you see as the bright spots and the areas that need the attention of community leaders and local residents.

The amount of information available for any county can be overwhelming. Our Quick Facts report provides information on a carefully chosen set of data on population, households, housing, education, income and health. The list of Indiana counties for which Quick Facts reports are now available can be found below. If your county is not listed but you would like to receive a two-page data report on your county, please contact the PCRD office.

2013 Quick Fact Data Reports - Indiana Counties

The Data SnapShot document showcases a variety of demographic, economic and labor market information that local leaders, community organizations and others can use to gain a better perspective on current conditions and opportunities in their county. To strengthen the value and usability of the information, we showcase data using a variety of visual tools such as charts, graphs and tables. In addition, we offer key points about the data as a way of assisting the user with the interpretation of the information presented.


County SnapShots


Regional SnapShots