Fort Wayne, Indiana Population 2022

265,926
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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 265,926, it is the 2nd largest city in Indiana and the 85th largest city in the United States. Fort Wayne is currently growing at a rate of 0.39% annually and its population has increased by 0.77% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 263,886 in 2020. Spanning over 111 miles, Fort Wayne has a population density of 2,404 people per square mile.

The average household income in Fort Wayne is $65,377 with a poverty rate of 15.46%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $777 per month, and the median house value is $121,600. 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 Waynewas:

  • White: 71.95%
  • Black or African American: 15.03%
  • Two or more races: 5.09%
  • Asian: 5.00%
  • Other race: 2.67%
  • Native American: 0.22%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%
The current population of Fort Wayne, Indiana is 265,926 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 263,886.

Fort Wayne, Indiana Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

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

Fort Wayne Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White193,10371.95%
Black or African American40,35015.03%
American Indian and Alaska Native5810.22%
Asian13,4235.00%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1090.04%
Some Other Race7,1622.67%
Two or More Races13,6505.09%
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Fort Wayne Population by Race

Fort Wayne Population Pyramid 2022

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Fort Wayne Median Age

35.3


Total

33.8


Male

36.8


Female

Fort Wayne Adults

There are 201,977 adults, (38,032 of whom are seniors) in Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

23.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Wayne Sex Ratio

Female

138,365

51.56%

Male

130,013

48.44%

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
Married83.1%16.9%
All62.6%37.4%
Male58.3%41.7%
Non Family47.8%52.2%
Female47.4%52.6%

62.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fort Wayne Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All108,2072.4462.6
Married43,8733.1883.1
Male5,7663.3358.3
Female14,8873.3647.4
Non Family43,6811.2547.8

3.14

Average Family Size

2.44

Average Household Size

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Fort Wayne Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade8,2774.73%
9th to 12th Grade11,0516.31%
High School Graduate50,40328.78%
Some College38,34021.89%
Associates Degree17,63610.07%
Bachelors Degree33,03718.86%
Graduate Degree16,3819.35%
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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
White127,818120,46141,297
Asian7,2503,6161,861
2+ Races4,3573,605902
Black24,20920,5223,839
Other Race4,1112,388593
Hispanic12,0527,7821,511
Native American34328540
Islander7261

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.24%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 32.31%.

Fort Wayne Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,860$43,776$30,688
Less Than 9th Grade$26,352$29,724$23,073
High School Graduate$30,719$38,220$24,150
Some College$34,197$41,499$29,120
Bachelors Degree$46,943$54,327$40,556
Graduate Degree$61,192$74,571$51,285

$36,860

Average Earnings

$43,776

Average Male

$30,688

Average Female

Fort Wayne Earnings by Educational Attainment

Fort Wayne Language by Age

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Fort Wayne Language

87.14% of Fort Wayne residents speak only English, while 12.86% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.37% of the population.

Fort Wayne Language

Fort Wayne Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Native57021537.72%
Black39,58511,85429.95%
Multiple13,1893,61227.39%
Hispanic24,2165,85324.17%
Asian13,3112,82521.22%
White175,01317,54910.03%
Other1,106NaN%

15.46%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.15%

Male Poverty Rate

16.69%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fort Wayne

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Wayne is Native, with 37.72% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.15%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.72%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.20%.

Fort Wayne Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade27.21%
High School13.92%
Some College10.22%
Bachelors or Greater4.70%

Fort Wayne Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed5.34%
Male Unemployed22.25%
Female Employed8.65%
Female Unemployed43.95%

Fort Wayne Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Fort Wayne Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$51,454$66,777
Families$64,127$79,860
Married Families$79,167$95,675
Non Families$32,594$44,004
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Income by Household Type

Fort Wayne Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

44.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.5%

Male Marriage Rate

42.7%

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 45-54.

Fort Wayne Marital Status by Race

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Fort Wayne Marital Status

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14,406

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War2,445
First Gulf War2,764
Vietnam4,592
Korea1,469
World War II513

Fort Wayne Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 341,255
35 to 543,237
55 to 642,623
65 to 743,689
75+3,602

Fort Wayne Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White12,1097.95%
Black1,6935.93%
Native American489.94%
Asian961.07%
Other Race651.32%
2+ Races3956.08%
Hispanic3322.20%

Fort Wayne Veterans by Race

Fort Wayne Veterans by Education

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6.71%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.79%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Wayne Veterans by Education

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66.2%

Labor Force Participation

62.3%

Employment Rate

5.9%

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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65.66%

Born in Fort Wayne

91.90%

Native Born

8.10%

Foreign Born

4.46%

Non Citizen

3.63%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

91.90% of Fort Wayne residents were born in the United States, with 65.66% having been born in Indiana. 4.46% 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

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
18504,2820.00%
18609,1214,8397.85%
187017,7188,5976.87%
188026,8809,1624.26%
189035,3938,5132.79%
190045,1159,7222.46%
191063,93318,8183.55%
192086,54922,6163.08%
1930114,94628,3972.88%
1940118,4103,4640.30%
1950133,60715,1971.21%
1960161,77628,1691.93%
1970178,26916,4930.98%
1980172,391-5,878-0.33%
1990173,0726810.04%
2000205,72732,6551.74%
2010253,69147,9642.12%
2011254,7111,0200.40%
2012255,7311,0200.40%
2013256,7511,0200.40%
2014257,7711,0200.40%
2015258,7911,0200.40%
2016259,8111,0200.39%
2017260,8311,0200.39%
2018261,8511,0200.39%
2019262,8711,0200.39%
2020263,8861,0150.39%
2021264,9061,0200.39%
2022265,9261,0200.39%

Fort Wayne Population by Year