Owen County

Owen County offers peaceful small town, country living with easy access to nearby cities like Bloomington and Terre Haute that offer educational, cultural and entertainment options. But don’t be mistaken—Owen County boasts a number of amenities of its own, including a bustling historic downtown Main Street in Gosport and up-and-coming courthouse square in Spencer that is quickly filling with coffee and gift shops, the county’s first microbrewery, and the newly-restored 1920s Tivoli Theatre, which screens new releases and favorite throwbacks. Owen County is home to a strong medical device industry with Cook Medical and Boston Scientific as two of the largest employers, as well as a new multi-million-dollar Hoosier Energy operations facility with dozens of high-paying jobs.

Our Story

Owen County was originally settled more than 200 years ago by farmers and fur trappers, attracted by the area’s abundant natural resources. Today, farming, limestone quarrying, and coal mining continue to connect residents to the land, while natural features like teeming wetlands, lazy streams flowing into the torrent White River, miles of hilly wooded trails, and Indiana’s largest waterfall, Cataract Falls, lure adventure seekers from near and far.

Key Stats

Population: 20,839

Key Industries: Advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and agriculture

Notable Facts: Indiana's first State Park, McCormick's Creek, attracts an estimated one million visitors each year.