Fort Wayne, Indiana Population 2020

270,989
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Fort Wayne is a city located in Indiana. With a 2020 population of 270,989, it is the 2nd largest city in Indiana (after Indianapolis) and the 78th largest city in the United States. Fort Wayne is currently growing at a rate of 0.62% annually and its population has increased by 6.82% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 253,691 in 2010. Spanning over 111 miles, Fort Wayne has a population density of 2,449 people per square mile.

The average household income in Fort Wayne is $63,932 with a poverty rate of 17.25%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $735 per month, and the median house value is $110,600. The median age in Fort Wayne is 34.8 years, 33.4 years for males, and 36.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 93.6 males.

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: 73.85%
  • Black or African American: 14.85%
  • Asian: 4.62%
  • Two or more races: 4.54%
  • Other race: 1.90%
  • Native American: 0.19%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%
The current population of Fort Wayne, Indiana is 270,989, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 267,633.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 253,691.

Fort Wayne, Indiana Population 2020

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

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020444,8913,6300.82%
2019441,2613,6300.82%
2018437,6313,6300.83%
2017434,0012,8760.66%
2016431,1252,2820.53%
2015428,8432,3810.56%
2014426,4622,0760.49%
2013424,3862,4600.58%
2012421,9261,9150.45%
2011420,0113,0350.72%
2010416,9760.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White194,99573.85%
Black or African American39,22314.85%
Asian12,1864.62%
Two or More Races11,9944.54%
Some Other Race5,0171.90%
American Indian and Alaska Native5100.19%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1270.05%
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Fort Wayne Population Pyramid 2020

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Fort Wayne Median Age

34.8


Total

33.4


Male

36.1


Female

Fort Wayne Adults

There are 196,379 adults, (36,047 of whom are seniors) in Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne Age Dependency

64.7

Age Dependency Ratio

22.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

42.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Wayne Sex Ratio

Female

136,425

51.67%

Male

127,627

48.33%

Fort Wayne Households and Families

Fort Wayne Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Fort Wayne Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married81.6%18.4%
All61.7%38.3%
Male57.3%42.7%
Non Family47.8%52.2%
Female43.4%56.6%

61.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All105,1742.4761.7
Married43,7733.2181.6
Non Family40,6291.2447.8
Female15,6273.343.4
Male5,1453.3157.3

3.14

Average Family Size

2.47

Average Household Size

6.5%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Fort Wayne Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7,5204.42%
9th to 12th Grade12,0147.07%
High School Graduate48,85128.73%
Some College37,71322.18%
Associates Degree16,9519.97%
Bachelors Degree30,69718.06%
Graduate Degree16,2649.57%
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Fort Wayne Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White126,165117,98040,036
Black22,65118,8553,093
Hispanic11,1526,6861,076
Asian6,6923,9442,174
Multiple Races3,6983,174628
Other Race2,7261,479144
Native American34028081
Islander6050

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.51%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 32.49%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$34,239$40,916$29,226
Less Than High School$23,721$26,504$21,298
High School Grad$28,606$34,124$23,777
Some College$31,971$39,797$27,346
Bachelors Degree$43,728$53,200$37,794
Graduate Degree$58,056$69,917$50,767

$34,239

Average Earnings

$40,916

Average Male

$29,226

Average Female

Fort Wayne Language

Fort Wayne Language by Age

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Fort Wayne Language

87.86% of Fort Wayne residents speak only English, while 12.14% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.14% of the population.

Fort Wayne Poverty

Fort Wayne Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White175,32518,52810.57%
Black38,38813,55935.32%
Hispanic23,1306,29927.23%
Multiple11,7443,93833.53%
Asian12,1263,09425.52%
Other4,95388817.93%
Native49516032.32%
Islander1277055.12%

17.25%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.99%

Male Poverty Rate

18.44%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fort Wayne

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Wayne is Islander, with 55.12% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fort Wayne is White, with 10.57% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.03%. Among those working part-time, it was 20.01%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.36%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School26.79%
High School15.55%
Some College10.75%
Bachelors or Greater4.72%
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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed41.68%
Male Unemployed26.29%
Female Employed10.38%
Male Employed6.66%

Fort Wayne Income

Fort Wayne Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$48,023$63,932
Families$60,434$77,065
Married Families$75,446$93,728
Non Families$31,029$40,042
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Fort Wayne Marital Status

Fort Wayne Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

44.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.3%

Male Marriage Rate

43.2%

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 Veterans

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14,017

Number of Veterans

12,937

Male Veterans

1,080

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam4,845
First Gulf War2,410
Second Gulf War2,271
Korea1,111
World War II594
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Age Group Veterans
65 to 743,823
35 to 543,140
75+2,938
55 to 642,701
18 to 341,415
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Name Veterans % of Total
White11,7527.74%
Black1,6416.04%
2 or More4247.90%
Hispanic4072.90%
Other932.78%
Asian610.75%
Indian4611.06%

Fort Wayne Veterans by Education

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7.33%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.99%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Wayne Employment Status

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66.4%

Labor Force Participation

62.3%

Employment Rate

6.2%

Unemployment Rate

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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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65.88%

Born in Indiana

92.10%

Native Born

7.90%

Foreign Born

4.31%

Non Citizen

3.58%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

92.10% of Fort Wayne residents were born in the United States, with 65.88% having been born in Indiana. 4.31% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020270,9891,6780.62%
2019269,3111,6780.63%
2018267,6332,1780.82%
2017265,4551,6780.64%
2016263,7771,5420.59%
2015262,2351,6210.62%
2014260,6141,2600.49%
2013259,3541,7390.68%
2012257,6151,3620.53%
2011256,2532,0910.82%
2010254,16248,4352.14%
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%