Hamilton Remains Fastest Growing County in State
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Hamilton County remains Indiana's fastest-growing, while most of the state was stagnant compared to last year.
A Census estimate released Thursday show the state's population increased by less than one percent in 2012. Hamilton County grew 2.2 percent, followed by Boone County at 2 percent. Hendricks and Bartholomew counties both grew 1.3 percent, while Johnson grew 1.2 percent. However, growth in Hamilton, Hendricks and Johnson counties was well below their annual averages from 2000 to 2010.
While counties like Marion, Hamilton, Tippecanoe, Allen and Hendricks showed growth, 54 Indiana counties lost population last year. Lake County measured the biggest decline, followed by Madison, Wayne, and Delaware Counties. According to past Census estimates, 2012 had the largest number of counties with a one-year decline since 1986 with 57 Indiana counties losing population.
Overall, population counts show little growth in the Midwest. Despite the less than one percent growth, Indiana was ahead of Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky in population growth.