Demographics - Community Resume


  1980 1990 1995 2000 2010
 SPENCER: 2,723 2,537 2,997 2,508 2,217
 GOSPORT: 729 820 979 715 826
 COUNTY: 15,840 17,281 19,407 21,786 21,575


Manufacturing Employment in County
1,650 - 1,750

WorkOne - Owen County Express
Offers a variety of programs and services in partnership with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The Owen County Express office in Spencer recently relocated to 205 E. Morgan Street, Suite B. Their number is: (812) 829-6511.

Indiana Employment Security Division Office
2511 West 3rd Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47421


2010 Property Tax Rate:

  • Town of Spencer: $2.7365 per $100
  • Town of Gosport: $2.4475 per $100

Local property taxes are assessed on a base of 100% true cash v alue . . . current rates for adjacent townships available on request.

  • Indiana has a 3.4% personal income tax
  • Owen County has 1% income tax
  • County Innkeepers (Tourism) Tax - 5%
  • State sales tax is 7% on all retail sales - food products exempt.

Government Services


  • Spencer - Three-member Town Council
  • Gosport - Three-member Town Board of Trustees
  • Owen County - Three Commissioners, Seven Council Members

Law Enforcement
Town Marshall (Gosport), Police Dept. (Spencer), Sheriff's Department, State Police, 911 services.

Planning and Zoning
Town Plan Commission, Zoning Appeals Board, as well as a County Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals for Owen County.

As of January 1st, 2012, there will be a combined building department for both the county and the town which administers all building permits and zoning issues. The new combined department will be located on the first floor of the Owen County Courthouse.

Fire Protection
Volunteer department with reciprocal agreements with adjoining units; Spencer - Class V insurance rating, Gosport - VI insurance rating and 911 services

Waste Removal
Individuals contract with private carriers


  • Spencer - Municipal system; primary and secondary treatment with extended aeration
  • Gosport - Gosport Sewer Utilities

Owen County Government Website


Highway - U.S. 231; State Roads 43, 46, and 67; Interstate 70 (18 miles); Interstate 69 will be 15 miles away upon completion within the next few years.
Truck - A&H Truck Line, Central Transport, Consolidated Freightways, Moon Freight, Yellow Freight, Federal Express, UPS, Emery, Purolator, Hall Brothers and Whiteford
Air - Major airlines at Indianapolis, 50 miles to the northeast, or Continental Express located at Bloomington, Indiana.


Electric - Duke Energy, South Central Indiana REMC, Western Utilities District of Indiana REMC
Gas - Community Natural Gas, Inc.
Water - Gosport Municipal Water Utility, Bean Blossom-Patricksburg Corp., Cataract Lake Water Corp. and Eastern Heights Utility
Telephone - Smithville Telephone Company, Endeavor Communications,  AT& T 

Financial Institutions

  • Ideal Credit Corporation
  • Owen County State Bank
  • Our Community Bank
  • Peoples State Bank


  • McCormick's Creek State Park and Canyon Inn at McCormick's Creek
  • Cagles Mill Reservoir and Catarct Falls are part of the Lieber State Recreation Area Monroe Reservoir (11,000 acres)
  • Owen-Putnam State Forest
  • Owen County YMCA
  • Green's Bluff Nature Preserve
  • Wasatch Lake
  • Hickory Hills for camping and recreation
  • Two public golf courses: one nine hole and one eighteen hole

Major Industries in Owen County

Company Name Product Employees
Boston Scientific Medical Supplies 993
Cook Urological Medical Supplies 545
Spencer Evening World Newspaper 5
World Arts, Inc. Commercial Printing Graphic Arts 52
Indiana Hardwoods Hardwood Flooring 44
Medical Polymers Medical Supplies 35
Quality Surfaces Cabinet/Counter Tops 33
Gosport Manufacturing Industrial Coverings 26
Indiana Limestone Fabricators, Inc. Custom Limestone Cutting 25
Finzer Rollers Printing Rollers, Refurbishings 18
Stello Products, Inc. Signs & Metal Products 13
Dodd Wood Products Wood Pallets 12
Rogers Group, Inc. Crushed Stone 11
Heritage Stone Works Custom Cut Limestone 9
R.E. Casebeer & Sons Rough Cut Hardwood Lumber 7
Hessit Works Interlocking Paving Stones 5

Medical Facilities

Hospitals Beds
Indiana University Health (18 miles) 350
Putnam County Hospital (28 miles) 85
Morgan County Hospital (22 miles) 300

Other Facilities

  • 24-hour emergency rescue/ambulance service
  • Indiana University Health Clinics in Spencer and Gosport
  • Two mental health clinics
  • Two nursing homes

In total, Owen County has:

  • Physicians - 11
  • Dentists - 3
  • Registered Nurses - 8
  • Optometrists - 2
  • Chiropractors - 2

Contact Information

For industrial site or other information, write or phone:

Owen County Economic Development

119 South Main Street

Spencer, Indiana 47460

Phone: 812-829-3245

Fax: 812-829-0936


Hoosier Energy

2501 South Cooperative Way

Bloomington, Indiana 47403

Phone: 812-876-2021


Hoosier Energy

Duke Energy

Economic Development Services

1000 East Main Street

Plainfield, Indiana 46168

Phone: 317-838-2000

Toll-free: 800-688-0688

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