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Rensselaer, Indiana - Basic Facts

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The City of Rensselaer had a population of 5,987 as of July 1, 2017. Rensselaer ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Indiana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Rensselaer is located at latitude 40.9396 and longitude -87.1687 in Jasper County. The formal boundaries for the City of Rensselaer (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.58 sq. miles and a water area of 0.06 sq. miles. Jasper County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 663 feet.

The City of Rensselaer (GNIS ID: 2396349) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Rensselaer is located within Township of Marion, a minor civil division (MCD) of Jasper County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Rensselaer population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Rensselaer, IN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 5,987
Daytime Population: Workers 5,465
Daytime Population: Residents 2,911
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 8,376
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.40
Population in Households 5,725
Population in Familes 4,548
Population in Group Qrtrs 262
Population Density2 910
Diversity Index3 22


Median Household Income $43,092
Average Household Income $55,891
Per Capita Income $22,395


Total Housing Units 2,577 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,387 (53.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 962 (37.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 228 ( 8.8%)
Median Home Value $120,701
Average Home Value $138,572


Total Households 2,349
Average Household Size 2.44
Family Households 1,540
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.2% 0.25%
Households 0.07% 0.15%
Families 0.14% 0.03%
Median Household Income   1.28%
Per Capita Income   2.2%

Rensselaer, IN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Rensselaer to the other 680 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Indiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 113 84th
Population Density # 479 30th
Diversity Index # 143 79th
Median Household Income # 494 28th
Per Capita Income # 445 35th

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