Income/capita 19%
Household income 20%
Unemployment 12%
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Income per capita$24,135$26,117$29,829
Median household income$44,449$50,433$55,322
Median income owner occupied$57,760$62,593$70,586
Median income renter occupied$28,097$29,285$35,192
Median earnings male$33,448$36,194$36,919
Median earnings female$23,580$23,580$26,250
Unemployment rate5.2%4.4%4.7%
Poverty level18.3%15.0%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Fort Wayne is 19% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Fort Wayne is 20% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Fort Wayne is 12% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Fort Wayne is 21% higher than the national average

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      Fort Wayne employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry8.6%0.9%
      Manufacturing sector23.7%0.4%
      Financial & insurance services3.4%5.8%
      Wholesale & retail services17.7%13.5%
      Public administration2.5%2.1%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities6.6%2.2%
      Education, health & social services10.1%35.8%

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      Harlan, IN1,486$57,3613.7%
      Ossian, IN3,770$56,2261.6%
      Fort Wayne, IN260,954$44,44919.7%

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      Fort Wayne, IN260,954$44,44919.7%
      Source: The Fort Wayne, IN employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).