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Ind. Population Increased In 2013; Ohio Co. Lost 2nd Largest Percentage

Posted On March 28, 2014

(Undated) – Indiana’s population grew, albeit modestly in 2013, according to a new population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The numbers were analyzed in a report from the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. The state’s total population grew by 0.51 percent – or 33,120 people – to 6.57 million as of July 1, 2013. Last year marked the first increase in Indiana’s population growth rate in six years.

Indiana ranked as the 30th fastest growing state in the nation last year, but managed to outpace its neighbors: Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, and Michigan.

Growth in Dearborn County was positive, but minimal at 0.08 percent to a total of 49,904 estimated residents in 2013.

Switzerland County added an estimated 110 residents for a 1.06 percent growth to 10,526, good for the 8th largest yearly increase in Indiana.

Ohio County had the second-largest decrease in its population over the previous year, losing 1.2 percent of its residents. The state’s smallest county’s population was estimated at 5,994, or 71 fewer.

Ripley County lost population as well, down 0.31 percent to 28,419. Franklin County witnessed a 0.23 percent decrease, or 52 people, to a total of 22,951 as of last July 1.

The state’s fastest growing county was Hamilton County at 2.5 percent, followed closely by Boone County just a few hundredths of a percent behind. Not surprisingly, Marion County – home of Indianapolis – is still Indiana’s most populous state with an estimated 928,281 residents, adding more than 9,300 people over the year.

Counties losing population were headed by Fountain County, where the head count declined by 1.3 percent. Ohio County was second, as mentioned above.