Indianapolis, Hamilton County populations booming

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(May 22, 2014) – Indiana’s four latest cities have seen tremendous population change over the past three years, according to new research.

An analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business showed dramatic increases in population change in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville and South Bend.

Indianapolis added an average of 7,228 residents per year from 2010 to 2013, putting its total population at nearly 843,400. The growth is nearly twice the pace from 2000 to 2010, when the city added about 3,800 residents per year. Indianapolis ranks as the 12th largest city in the U.S. behind Austin, Texas, and ahead of Jacksonville, Fla.

From 2000 to 2010, population change was relatively flat in Fort Wayne. But over the last three years, the city has grown by 894 residents per year and has a population of about 256,500.

Evansville’s population change seems to be trending in right direction. The city has grown by 82 residents per year over the past three years—a marked improvement after a decade that saw an average population decline of 418 residents per year. The city has 120,310 residents.

South Bend continues to see a decline in population, losing 44 people a year over the last three years. Still, that’s an improvement from 2000-2010, when the city lost about 700 residents annually. The population there is 100,886.

Fastest-growing communities among Indiana’s larger cities:

  • Fishers (Hamilton County – 2.7 percent)
  • Carmel (Hamilton County – 2.5 percent)
  • Noblesville (Hamilton County – 2.4 percent)
  • Greenwood (Johnson County – 1.7 percent)
  • Indianapolis (Marion County – 0.9 percent)

Fastest-growing communities among cities and towns with population greater than 2,000:

  • Whitestown (Boone County – 10.9 percent)
  • Winfield (Lake County – 3.6 percent)
  • Westfield (Hamilton County – 3.3 percent)
  • Bargersville (Johnson County – 3.0 percent)
  • Avon (Hendricks County – 2.9 percent)

Top cities for population decline

  • Hammond (Lake County – annual loss of 597 residents)
  • Gary (Lake County – annual loss of 591 residents)
  • Hobart (Lake County – annual loss of 175 residents)
  • Anderson (Madison County – annual loss of 168 residents)
  • East Chicago (Lake County – annual loss of 166 residents)
  • Highland (Lake County – annual loss of 143 residents)

According to the research, most Hoosiers live in cities or towns, with 66.1 percent residing in places that were legally incorporated. That’s up slightly from 2000-2010, when that mark hit 65.9 percent. Growth in cities and towns accounted for 79.2 percent of the state’s total population grown from 2010 to 2013.