FORT WAYNE, Ind.
(AP) - New projections show that fast-growing Hamilton County in suburban
Indianapolis could become Indiana's third most-populous county within about
a decade, surpassing Fort Wayne's Allen County.
estimates prepared by Indiana University's Indiana Business Research Center
show that Hamilton County has grown by 17 percent since 2010, to 323,000
people. Allen County has grown 5 percent, to 373,000.
fueled by the booming cities of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville and Westfield,
is expected to surpass Allen County around 2030, research center demographer
Matt Kinghorn told The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette.
estimates for 2030 show that the state's largest two counties will continue
to be Marion County, which includes Indianapolis, and Lake County, in the
state's northwest. Marion County is expected to grow about 6 percent to just
over 1 million residents, and Lake County is expected to shrink slightly, to
2050 are that Lake County's population stagnation will continue as Hamilton
County could see 70 percent growth by then.
show that Hamilton County is expected to race past both Allen and Lake
counties over the next few decades and become the state's second-largest
county," Kinghorn said.
population will increase by about 660,000 residents between 2015 and 2050,
from an estimated 6.61 million residents to 7.27 million, according the
is expected to be concentrated in central Indiana in the coming decades,
with 59 of Indiana's 92 counties losing population by 2050. The 11-county
Indianapolis metro region is expected to grow from 1.99 million residents in
2015 to 2.51 million in 2050 - a 26 percent increase.
suggest that most counties will continue to have a net out-migration, but as
the population ages, fewer and fewer counties will have enough of a natural
increase to make up the difference," the center's report said.