Census: SEI Population Declined In 2016
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Indiana’s population growth remained stagnant in 2016.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s new data released Thursday shows the state added to its 6.63 million person population, but only by about 20,285 people. That’s less than a third of a percent increase from 2015 to 2016. Since 2000, the growth rate has averaged a half-percent.
According to the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, Indiana has fallen to the 17th largest state, having been overtaken by Tennessee.
Fifty-three of the state’s 92 counties lost population last year, many of them rural counties.
Southeastern Indiana counties were among those. Dearborn County’s population fell by 144 residents to 49,331 people. Franklin County lost 50 residents, falling to 16,486. Ohio County lost only four people last year, setting the headcount at 5,932. Each decline was less than one-third of one percent of the counties’ populations.
Ripley and Switzerland counties had modest population growth of less than a percent. Ripley County saw a 0.51 percent increase, up by 147 people to 28,846. Switzerland County was up a tick, adding 18 residents to total 10,527 – a 0.17 percent increase.
Add it all up for our five-county southeastern Indiana area, and the region lost 158 residents to fall to 117,351 people last year – a single year decline of 0.13, according to the Census numbers.
Hamilton County, located north of Indianapolis, added the most population in the state in 2016, attracting 7,200 new residents. Lake County, in northwestern Indiana, had the biggest population loss at 1,800 residents.