Dearborn Co. Has Indiana’s Second Fastest-Growing Hispanic Population
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Indiana’s Hispanic ethnicity population is growing by thousands each year.
New population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau has been studied by Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. It found that of Indiana’s 6.57 million residents, 5.3 million are non-Hispanic whites. African Americans are second most populous at 603,260 followed by Hispanics at 422,454. Asians numbered 121,002. All other non-Hispanic single-race categories such as Native American, Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander made up only 17,051.
But the Hispanic population grew faster than any other race or ethnic group from 2010 to 2013. During those four years, the Hispanic population increased by an average of 10,230 each year.
The Hispanic ethnic group now accounts for 6.4 percent of the state’s population, a vast majority of which is still white. However, non-Hispanic white population in Indiana has decreased from 86 percent of the state’s total residents in 2000 to 80.7 percent last year.
Among counties with at least 500 Hispanic residents, Dearborn County was second in the state in the Hispanic growth rate at 6.2 percent increase per year from 2010 to 2013. Only Lawrence County saw the group’s population increase faster at 8.6 percent.
Dearborn County’s estimated Hispanic population in 2013 was 608, the 60th highest of Indiana’s 92 counties. Hispanics made up 6.4 percent of the county’s population last year. Counties with the greatest Hispanic populations are Lake, Elkhart, Clinton and Cass counties where more than 13 percent of residents were of the ethnicity.
The university also cited the Census data in determining that Indiana’s median age edged up slightly from 37 years in 2010 to 37.4 years in 2013.