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5.  Jay County Basic Demographics

Unless otherwise noted, all of the data in the Basic Demographics section comes from AGS Core Demographics, 2002 estimates, published in 2003.  

5.1 Population (2002, estimates)

The total population of Jay County was 21,780 in 2002, making it the 70th largest county in the state.  With a land area of 383.637 square miles,  Jay County has a population density of 57 persons per square mile.    In addition, the county has a water area of 0.18 square miles.  Median age reflects the aging of America.  In Jay County median age was 31 in 1980, 37 in 2002, and is projected to be 39 by 2012.  The following are 2002 estimates of population by age for children 0-17:

36

36

37

Median Age

6%

6%

6%

14-17

6%

6%

6%

10-13

7%

7%

8%

5-9

7%

7%

7%

0-4

U.S.

Indiana

Jay Co.

Age

Population by Age for Children 0-17, 2002

Table 5.1: Population by Age, 2002 estimates (AGS, 2002 est., 2003)

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