Fort Wayne, Indiana Population 2018

Fort Wayne is the second most populous city in Indiana. It is also the county seat of Allen County. The city has a population of 264,488 based on the most recent estimates. Its official population according to the 2010 census was 253,691. These numbers make Fort Wayne the 76th most populous city in the US.

Fort Wayne History

Fort Wayne was built by the US Army in 1794 and was named after statesman Anthony Wayne. The fort was incorporated as a town in 1829 and underwent growth following the completion of the canal and railroad. The population was just 300 when it was designated as a town, but this number jumped to over 2,000 when it was incorporated as a city just 11 years later.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Fort Wayne’s population had already reached 50,000, primarily due to migration of German and Irish immigrants that came to work in industrial and railroad jobs. During this time, the economy of Fort Wayne was centered on manufacturing, and it was during this period that many new inventions and innovations came from the city, including gas pumps and the first home video game console.

The Great Depression affected Fort Wayne much like other cities in the US by displacing much of its factory workforce. However, just a few years later, over 7,000 people in Fort Wayne were employed to improve and develop local infrastructure. Following World War II, the city became prosperous again. The 1950s saw expansion of the city through the development of thousands of homes and the city’s first bypass and arena. Construction continued through the 1960s to build out the rural areas. Deindustrialization of the 1980s brought challenges to Fort Wayne, including the loss of manufacturing jobs and an increase in crime. The city was also hit by a flood in the early 1980s that displaced thousands and led to millions of dollars in damage. The next decade brought a period of revitalization for the city, with local officials working to reduce crime and redevelop the downtown area. By the end of the decade, the city had a much lower crime rate and a 2.5% unemployment rate.

The city continues to focus on redevelopment and growth. The city has renovated and expanded many of its buildings including the public library and its art museum. New renovations in recent years also include the opening of the Jefferson Pointe lifestyle center and the Parkview Regional Medical Center. Today, the city’s economy is no longer based around manufacturing but instead is centered on transportation and logistics, healthcare, financial services, distribution, and leisure and hospitality.

Fort Wayne Demographics

The city of Fort Wayne has an estimated population of over 264,000 residents. The city is spread across a total area of over 110 square miles with a population density of over 2,390 people per square mile. Almost three-quarters of the total population is White, over 15% are Black, 3.3% are Asian, less than one percent are Native American or Pacific Islander, 3.52% are Mixed, and 3.72% are another race.

Over one-quarter of the city’s population is under age 18. The largest demographic is the 25 to 44 group, which makes up over 26% of the population, followed by the 45 to 64 age group, which makes up nearly one-quarter of the population. The median age of Fort Wayne is 34.5. There are more females than males residing in the city.

One interesting fact about the population in Fort Wayne is that it has the largest population of Burmese Americans in the country. There are approximately 6,000 of these residents living in Fort Wayne. Fort Wayne is a religious center, known as the “City of Churches” because it is home to about 360 churches. Over half of city residents say that they are religious, with the majority following Catholicism.

Fort Wayne Population Growth

Fort Wayne has experienced rapid growth throughout its history, with the exception of a population decline recorded between the 1970 and 1980 censuses. The city has primary seen population percentage increases in the double-digits, with growth between the last two censuses held in 2000 and 2010 reflecting a 23.3% increase. Since the last census was taken, the population has grown about 4.3%. Based on the city’s efforts to revitalize and expand, the current job opportunities available, and past population trends, it’s to be expected that Fort Wayne will continue to see continued growth and may soon hit the 300,000 resident milestone.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2017265,9042,0110.76%
2016263,8931,6210.62%
2015262,2721,7700.68%
2014260,5021,3240.51%
2013259,1781,7620.68%
2012257,4161,2840.50%
2011256,1322,0300.80%
2010254,10248,3752.13%
2000205,72732,6551.74%
1990173,0726810.04%
1980172,391-5,878-0.33%
1970178,26916,4930.98%
1960161,77628,1691.93%
1950133,60715,1971.21%
1940118,4103,4640.30%
1930114,94628,3972.88%
192086,54922,6163.08%
191063,93318,8183.55%
190045,1159,7222.46%
189035,3938,5132.79%
188026,8809,1624.26%
187017,7188,5976.87%
18609,1214,8397.85%
18504,2820.00%

Fort Wayne Population in 2018Source: By Momoneymoproblemz [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White193,866
Black or African American39,632
Asian10,532
Two or More Races10,162
Some Other Race6,046
American Indian and Alaska Native474
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander242

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Fort Wayne Population Pyramid 2018

0%2%4%6%8% Male Population0%2%4%6%8% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Fort Wayne Median Age

34.9


Total

33.4


Male

36.2


Female

Fort Wayne Adults

There are 193,628 adults, (34,185 of which are seniors) in Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne Age Dependency

63.7

Age Dependency Ratio

21.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

42.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Wayne Sex Ratio

Female

134,694

51.62%

Male

126,260

48.38%

Fort Wayne Households and Families

Fort Wayne Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Fort Wayne Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married82.2%17.8%
All62.2%37.8%
Male56.2%43.8%
Non Family48.8%51.2%
Female43.4%56.6%

62.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fort Wayne Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All103,9302.4762.2
Married43,2193.2382.2
Non Family40,1621.2348.8
Female15,6973.2743.4
Male4,8523.2756.2

3.15

Average Family Size

2.47

Average Household Size

6.1%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Fort Wayne Households

Fort Wayne Education

Fort Wayne Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7,3334.39%
9th to 12th Grade12,3857.41%
High School Graduate47,83828.64%
Some College38,99423.34%
Associates Degree15,7489.43%
Bachelors Degree29,36017.58%
Graduate Degree15,3879.21%

Fort Wayne Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White125,383116,69138,481
Black22,49118,3652,684
Hispanic10,5766,1291,072
Asian5,7923,6041,947
Multiple Races3,0522,746629
Other Race2,9351,474136
Native American28517658
Islander863910

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.07%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 33.62%.

Fort Wayne Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$32,131$39,024$27,565
Less Than High School$20,675$23,423$16,520
High School Grad$27,193$32,251$23,220
Some College$31,383$38,525$26,659
Bachelors Degree$41,480$52,174$34,035
Graduate Degree$53,221$65,641$45,740

$32,131

Average Earnings

$39,024

Average Male

$27,565

Average Female

Fort Wayne Language

Fort Wayne Language by Age

Fort Wayne Language

88.20% of Fort Wayne residents speak only English, while 11.80% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.14% of the population.

Fort Wayne Poverty

Fort Wayne Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White175,71720,24411.52%
Black38,79313,86535.74%
Hispanic21,8205,91027.09%
Asian10,4433,61034.57%
Multiple9,7993,10231.66%
Other6,0301,86830.98%
Native45714030.63%
Islander2428936.78%

18.26%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.98%

Male Poverty Rate

19.45%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fort Wayne

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Wayne is Islander, with 36.78% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fort Wayne is White, with 11.52% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.85%. Among those working part-time, it was 20.64%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.14%.

Fort Wayne Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School30.15%
High School16.30%
Some College12.03%
Bachelors or Greater4.86%

Fort Wayne Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed40.79%
Male Unemployed35.19%
Female Employed10.53%
Male Employed6.72%

Fort Wayne Income

Fort Wayne Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$44,449$59,080
Families$55,742$70,790
Married Families$69,689$85,844
Non Families$29,858$37,900

Fort Wayne Marital Status

Fort Wayne Marital Status

Marriage Rates

44.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.8%

Male Marriage Rate

43.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Fort Wayne Married by Age and Sex

Fort Wayne Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35To44.

Fort Wayne Marital Status by Race

Fort Wayne Veterans

Fort Wayne Veterans by War

14,708

Number of Veterans

13,747

Male Veterans

961

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam5,230
First Gulf War2,245
Second Gulf War1,906
Korea1,160
World War II982

Fort Wayne Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
65 to 743,490
35 to 543,460
75+3,245
55 to 643,131
18 to 341,382

Fort Wayne Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White12,3428.19%
Black1,8676.84%
2 or More3728.53%
Hispanic3282.47%
Other591.64%
Indian3711.71%
Asian310.44%

Fort Wayne Veterans by Education

9.22%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.65%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Wayne Employment Status

Fort Wayne Employment by Age

66.2%

Labor Force Participation

61%

Employment Rate

7.9%

Unemployment Rate

Fort Wayne Employment by Race

Fort Wayne Employment by Education

Fort Wayne Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

65.31%

Born in Indiana

92.24%

Native Born

7.76%

Foreign Born

4.65%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

92.24% of Fort Wayne residents were born in the United States, with 65.31% having been born in Indiana. 4.65% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.