Fort Wayne, Indiana Population 2021

276,286
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Fort Wayne is a city located in Allen County Indiana. It is also the county seat of Allen County. With a 2020 population of 276,286, it is the 2nd largest city in Indiana (after Indianapolis) and the 76th largest city in the United States . Fort Wayne is currently growing at a rate of 1.08% annually and its population has increased by 8.91% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 253,691 in 2010. Fort Wayne reached it's highest population of 276,286 in 2021. Spanning over 111 miles, Fort Wayne has a population density of 2,497 people per square mile.

The average household income in Fort Wayne is $65,377 with a poverty rate of 15.96%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $764 per month, and the median house value is $115,100. The median age in Fort Wayne is 35 years, 33.5 years for males, and 36.4 years for females.

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, except a population decline recorded between the 1970 and 1980 censuses. The city has primarily 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 previous poll 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.

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 only 11 years later.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Fort Wayne’s population had already reached 50,000, primarily due to the 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 an 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.

The 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

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Fort Wayne was:

  • White: 73.35%
  • Black or African American: 15.09%
  • Asian: 4.69%
  • Two or more races: 4.52%
  • Other race: 2.09%
  • Native American: 0.21%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%
The current population of Fort Wayne, Indiana is 276,286 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 267,460.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 253,691.

Fort Wayne, Indiana Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021421,5374,1370.98%
2020417,4004,1370.99%
2019413,2634,1371.00%
2018409,1263,6810.90%
2017405,4452,5580.63%
2016402,8872,0810.52%
2015400,8062,2150.55%
2014398,5911,9530.49%
2013396,6382,4130.61%
2012394,2251,8930.48%
2011392,3323,0340.77%
2010389,2980.00%

Fort Wayne Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White194,94173.35%
Black or African American40,09515.09%
Asian12,4544.69%
Two or More Races12,0084.52%
Some Other Race5,5622.09%
American Indian and Alaska Native5570.21%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1350.05%
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Fort Wayne Population by Race

Fort Wayne Population Pyramid $2021

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Fort Wayne Median Age

35


Total

33.5


Male

36.4


Female

Fort Wayne Adults

There are 198,560 adults, (37,139 of whom are seniors) in Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne Age Dependency

64.6

Age Dependency Ratio

23

Old Age Dependency Ratio

41.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Wayne Sex Ratio

Female

137,269

51.65%

Male

128,483

48.35%

Fort Wayne Population by Age

Fort Wayne Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Fort Wayne Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married81.8%18.2%
All62%38%
Male58.2%41.8%
Non Family47.8%52.2%
Female44.9%55.1%

62.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fort Wayne Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All106,6732.4562
Married43,9493.1981.8
Non Family41,9061.2547.8
Female15,0333.2844.9
Male5,7853.358.2

3.13

Average Family Size

2.45

Average Household Size

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Fort Wayne Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7,7794.52%
9th to 12th Grade11,9596.95%
High School Graduate48,61728.25%
Some College38,11522.15%
Associates Degree17,79610.34%
Bachelors Degree31,44918.27%
Graduate Degree16,3949.53%
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Fort Wayne Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Fort Wayne Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White126,562118,59440,445
Black23,55419,8733,669
Hispanic11,6607,2101,139
Asian6,9063,6311,953
2+ Races3,6423,154696
Other Race3,0781,716189
Native American37430951
Islander6153

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.70%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 31.96%.

Fort Wayne Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,806$42,133$30,291
Less Than 9th Grade$25,496$28,738$21,542
High School Graduate$29,566$35,815$24,679
Some College$33,009$40,240$28,575
Bachelors Degree$46,278$55,829$40,213
Graduate Degree$59,966$72,407$51,750

$35,806

Average Earnings

$42,133

Average Male

$30,291

Average Female

Fort Wayne Earnings by Educational Attainment

Fort Wayne Language by Age

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Fort Wayne Language

87.36% of Fort Wayne residents speak only English, while 12.64% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.29% of the population.

Fort Wayne Language

Fort Wayne Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White174,68217,97310.29%
Black39,22812,32831.43%
Hispanic24,0305,66223.56%
Multiple11,7023,59630.73%
Asian12,3932,65221.40%
Other5,46879014.45%
Native54519034.86%
Islander1355641.48%

15.96%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.49%

Male Poverty Rate

17.33%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fort Wayne

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Wayne is Islander, with 41.48% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fort Wayne is White, with 10.29% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.52%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.48%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.13%.

Fort Wayne Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade25.62%
High School15.11%
Some College10.20%
Bachelors or Greater4.17%

Fort Wayne Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed41.80%
Male Unemployed27.50%
Female Employed9.58%
Male Employed5.95%

Fort Wayne Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Fort Wayne Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$49,411$65,377
Families$61,967$79,154
Married Families$77,709$95,851
Non Families$31,987$40,967
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Income by Household Type

Fort Wayne Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

44.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.1%

Male Marriage Rate

43.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Fort Wayne Married by Age and Sex

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Fort Wayne Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Fort Wayne Marital Status by Race

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Fort Wayne Marital Status

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14,216

Number of Veterans

12,991

Male Veterans

1,225

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam4,604
First Gulf War2,758
Second Gulf War2,540
Korea1,146
World War II539

Fort Wayne Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 743,831
35 to 543,437
75+3,065
55 to 642,474
18 to 341,409

Fort Wayne Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White11,7267.70%
Black1,8376.55%
Hispanic4162.84%
2+ Races4157.86%
Other Race972.55%
Asian911.07%
Native American5010.89%

Fort Wayne Veterans by Race

Fort Wayne Veterans by Education

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6.16%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.52%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Wayne Veterans by Education

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66.5%

Labor Force Participation

62.8%

Employment Rate

5.5%

Unemployment Rate

Fort Wayne Employment by Age

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Fort Wayne Employment by Race

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Fort Wayne Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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65.81%

Born in Fort Wayne

91.84%

Native Born

8.16%

Foreign Born

4.60%

Non Citizen

3.56%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

91.84% of Fort Wayne residents were born in the United States, with 65.81% having been born in Indiana. 4.60% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Fort Wayne Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021276,2862,9421.08%
2020273,3442,9421.09%
2019270,4022,9421.10%
2018267,4602,3320.88%
2017265,1281,6150.61%
2016263,5131,4040.54%
2015262,1091,5390.59%
2014260,5701,2370.48%
2013259,3331,7070.66%
2012257,6261,3330.52%
2011256,2932,1320.84%
2010254,16148,4342.14%
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 by Year