The county features three incorporated communities: Tell City (2009 population 7,473), Cannelton (2009 population 1,130) and Troy (2009 population 379). Each is located in Troy Township which is situated along the south western corner of the county.
Business activity in Perry County is primarily manufacturing-based with activities focused in industries including automotive, aerospace, filtration and woodworking/furniture. Corporations from around the world (including Germany, Great Britain and Japan) have located their businesses in Perry County. The county’s largest employer, Waupaca, currently employs more than 900.
As rural community, the Perry County’s leaders have established partnerships to initiate a progressive corporate attitude and sophisticated infrastructure typically found in larger metropolitan areas. The community features industrial park sites (two of which are designated as shovel ready by the Corporation), advanced communications technology, low overall operating costs, superior quality of life and favorable business climate that have served to attract companies of various sizes to its ranks.
The county’s primary economic development organization, the Corporation, has worked to further enhance the business climate by assisting companies with a variety of activities including new facilities, expansion projects and training opportunities. For one project, the corporation coordinated a six-month site preparation project that included moving 1.4 million cubic yards of dirt.
Coordinated efforts with County officials led to the acquisition of an abandoned rail line that has since been reactivated as the County-owned Road. Managed by the Authority, the 22 mi (35.4 km) short-line rail road connects the Port with the Road.
Quality of life has been determined to be one of the county’s greatest features for residents. An abundance of rural hospitality is balanced with recreation, specialized shopping experiences, peaceful neighborhoods, unique dining experiences, a low crime rate and an abundance of history. These features were documented in the 2010 release of '“The Art of Living”' (1, 2, and 3). This documentary film has also appeared on Evansville, Indiana’s PBS station, WNIN.