WHITLEY COUNTY (HSPA) — New statistics show Indiana’s population grew in 2013 after falling for six straight years — but they also show a tale of two types of counties.
It’s a tale of urban and rural population trends moving in different directions.
Indiana’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 University’s Kelley School of Business. The state added 33,120 people to grow to a population of 6.57 million.
That’s important, because population growth is typically viewed as a sign of an improving economy.
“Here in Indiana, population change goes hand in hand with our economic fortunes,” said Matt Kinghorn, demographer with the Indiana Business Research Center. “So 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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