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WHITLEY COUNTY (HSPA) â€” New statistics show Indianaâ€™s population grew in 2013 after falling for six straight years â€” but they also show a tale of two types of counties.
Itâ€™s a tale of urban and rural population trends moving in different directions.
Indianaâ€™s population grew at a rate of 0.51 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates recently released that were analyzed by the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana Universityâ€™s Kelley School of Business. The state added 33,120 people to grow to a population of 6.57 million.
Thatâ€™s important, because population growth is typically viewed as a sign of an improving economy.
â€śHere in Indiana, population change goes hand in hand with our economic fortunes,â€ť said Matt Kinghorn, demographer with the Indiana Business Research Center. â€śSo when the economy is going well, we tend to draw more residents to the state. And when the economy is slumping, then our population figures slump as well.
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