The Demographic Status of Butler

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A community’s demographics provide insight into its population, housing, economy, education status and workforce.  There is substantial data available from the United States Census Bureau and Stats Indiana regarding past and current demographic characteristics.

Various facets of Butler’s demographic status are explored below, primarily in comparison with DeKalb County, the State of Indiana and seven other Indiana cities and towns that are within 5% of Butler’s  2015 estimated population.

Summaries are provided following each table below in an effort to determine how Butler stacks up with similar communities.

Future community growth policies can be addressed based upon the findings provided by the data.


Butler & DeKalb County – Census Totals – 1940-2010 –
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Year Butler Percent Change DeKalb County Percent Change
2010        2,684 -1.5%        42,223 4.6%
2000        2,725 4.6%        40,285 12.3%
1990        2,601 3.5%        35,324 4.9%
1980        2,509 4.6%        33,606 8.2%
1970        2,394 9.1%        30,837 8.3%
1960        2,176 12.0%        28,271 8.0%
1950        1,914 6.3%        26,023 4.9%
1940        1,794        24,756

Butler’s population has been relatively stagnant since 1970, only growing an average 2.8% per decade from 1970 to 2010.  DeKalb County’s population has grown an average 7.5% per decade during the same timeframe.


Educational Attainment – 2015 Estimates – Source: Stats America

Comparison of Butler with seven other Indiana communities that are within 5% +/- of Butler’s estimated 2015 population:

City or Town Population Estimate High School Diploma
or More – % of Adults 25+
Bachelor’s Degree
or More – %
of Adult 25+
Butler 2,870 82.6% 9.5%
Brookville 2,573 85.0% 22.8%
Centerville 2,609 90.8% 17.6%
Covington 2,553 93.2% 17.5%
Fort Branch 2,971 94.0% 19.3%
Lagrange 2,723 80.2% 5.9%
Loogootee 2,701 83.3% 12.4%
Rockville 2,577 89.4% 14.2%
AVERAGES 2,697 87.3% 14.9%

Butler’s percentage of adults ages 25 and older, who have high school diplomas or bachelor’s degrees is lower than the averages for the eight comparison communities.



Employment & Income – 2015 Estimates – Source: Stats America

Comparison of Butler with seven other Indiana communities (cities and towns) that are within 5% +/- of Butler’s estimated 2015 population:

City or Town Labor Force –persons working
in area
Unemployment Rate  Median Household Income Poverty Rate Community Distress Factor,
2017
Butler 1,379 11.3%  $37,277 19.5% 93.05
Brookville 1,260 7.2%  $38,333 15.9% 84.92
Centerville 1,267 10.7%  $45,433 22.8% 88.01
Covington 1,170 8.7%  $49,455 7.8% 77.91
Fort Branch 1,485 3.0%  $46,466 7.9% 67.51
Lagrange 1,342 7.8%  $40,833 18.1% 83.29
Loogootee 1,340 9.6%  $39,070 20.0% 86.55
Rockville 1,151 3.7%  $26,035 24.2% 96.77
AVERAGES 1,299 7.8%  $40,363 17.0% 84.75

Although Butler had a higher than average number of persons in the labor force in 2015, it also had a higher than average unemployment rate, poverty rate and community distress factor (2017 data).   Butler’s median household income was also lower than average for the seven comparison communities.


Population & Age – 2015 Estimates – Source: Stats America

Comparison of Butler with DeKalb County and the State of Indiana:

Population by Age, 2015 Butler Percent of Total DeKalb County Percent of Total Indiana Percent of Total
Total Population Estimate 2,870 100.0% 42,980 100.0% 6,568,645 100.0%
Preschool
(0-4)
206 7.2%            2,743 6.4%      420,939 6.4%
School Age
(5-17)
576 20.1%            9,027 21.0%   1,165,712 17.7%
College Age
 (18-24)
381 13.3%            2,446 5.7%      665,721 10.1%
Young Adult
 (25-44)
644 22.4%          10,154 23.6%   1,668,106 25.4%
Adult (45-64) 705 24.6%          11,986 27.9%   1,735,036 26.4%
Older Adult (65+) 358 12.5%            6,624 15.4%      913,131 13.9%
Median Age 34.2 38.6 37.3

Butler’s median age (meaning there is an equal number of people older and younger than the median age) is 34.2, lower than either DeKalb County or Indiana.  Butler also has a higher percentage of college age persons (18-24), and a lower percentage of older adults (65+) as part of its population than DeKalb County and Indiana.  This can be interpreted that Butler’s population is slightly younger than average.


Housing Units – 2015 Estimates – Source: Stats America

Comparison of Butler with seven other Indiana communities that are within 5% +/- of Butler’s estimated 2015 population, and the State of Indiana (NOTE: not all totals per community add up to 100% due to other categories not apparently listed in the Stats America data):

City or Town Owner Occupied Renter Occupied Built
Prior
to 1940
Butler 59.8% 29.9% 36.3%
Brookville 47.7% 38.7% 32.6%
Centerville 65.4% 24.8% 21.1%
Covington 67.7% 24.8% 32.7%
Fort Branch 72.7% 20.3% 20.5%
Lagrange 53.4% 38.7% 36.7%
Loogootee 60.2% 34.5% 20.6%
Rockville 52.9% 30.6% 29.8%
AVERAGES 60.0% 30.3% 28.8%
INDIANA 61.2% 27.5% 17.8%

The percentage of owner-occupied versus renter occupied housing in Butler is close to the averages for the eight comparison communities.  The percentage of houses built prior to 1940, however, is higher than the average for the comparison communities, and significantly higher than the state average.


Resident Occupations – 2015 Estimates – Source: Stats America

Comparison of Butler with the State of Indiana:

 Category Butler Percent
of Total
Indiana Percent
of Total
Employed Civilian Population Aged 16+ 1,223 100.0% 3,297,501 100.0%
Management, Professional & Related 199 14.4%      983,127 29.8%
Service 215 15.6%      517,254 15.7%
Sales & Office 224 16.2%      708,055 21.5%
Farming,
Fishing & Forestry
4 0.3%        13,246 0.4%
Construction, Extraction & Maintenance 99 7.2%      254,864 7.7%
Production, Transportation & Material Moving 482 35.0%      562,216 17.0%

Butler’s largest employment sector is clearly “Production, Transportation & Material Moving.”  The percentages for the “Service” and “Construction, Extraction & Maintenance” sectors are similar for Butler and Indiana.   Butler’s “Management, Professional & Related” sector is less than half of the Indiana percentage.


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