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Marion County gets big population boost

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – New census numbers show a big population boost to the state’s largest county. Marion County grew by 9,394 people last year, the largest year-over-year increase since 1992.

The Indiana Business Research Center analyzed the population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Indiana’s overall population grew by a rate of 0.51% in 2013, up from 0.33% in 2012. The state’s growth rate was in a decline for six years until it reversed in 2013.

These figures backup a trend Kimberly Hurd has seen first hand. Hurd works at the Artistry, a new apartment building in downtown Indianapolis. She said a majority of potential lessees are from out-of-state or surrounding counties.

“So it’s exciting to us to see not only all of the statistics that back that up, but just to see the number of people that are coming in. We’re leasing way ahead of projections,” said Kimberly Hurd, Residential Services Director at the Artistry.

According to the figures Hamilton County is growing at the fastest rate with a 2.5% increase. The growth seen in Indiana outpaced each of its neighboring states. Indiana saw the most population migration from Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Florida.