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Census estimate shows Indiana population growth stagnant

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Newly released Census Bureau estimates show Indiana continuing its slowest period of population growth in three decades.

The population figures released Thursday show that Indiana added about 20,000 people last year for a 0.31 percent population growth.

Indiana University demographer Matt Kinghorn tells The Indianapolis Star the last two years have been the state’s slowest period of population gains since the late 1980s.

He says a long-running trend of people moving from the Midwest to the South and Southwest is helping drive Indiana’s stagnant population growth.

The county-level estimates show Indiana’s five fastest-growing counties are the suburban counties that surround Indianapolis. But the Fort Wayne area and southern Indiana’s counties near Louisville, Kentucky, also are seeing significant growth.

Chicago area population slips

CHICAGO (AP) - Newly released Census Bureau estimates show the Chicago-area’s population has declined two years in a row.

The Chicago Tribune and Crain’s Chicago Business report estimates released Thursday show the Chicago metropolitan area lost 19,570 people in the year ending last June, dipping to 9.513 million. The Census Bureau says that’s bigger than the drop of 11,324 people the year before.

The Chicago metropolitan statistical area includes Chicago and its suburbs and it extends into parts of Wisconsin and Indiana. Figures show the Chicago area’s population has risen from 9.461 million during the 2010 census. The pattern is similar to that of other big Midwest cities.

The numbers don’t break down the data by municipality. Figures about population in cities are expected to be available later this year.




Posted 3/23/2017





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