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Tuesday, May 30, 2017 1:00 am

County, city keep growing in decade

Huntertown, Warsaw see highest increases: Census

RON SHAWGO | The Journal Gazette

Population change

Here are northeast Indiana communities with single-year population change and change since 2010:

% change % change

City/Town 2010 2015 2016 '15-16 '10-16

Albion 2,349 2,326 2,320 −0.3 −1.2

Angola 8,612 8,636 8,591 −0.5 −0.2

Ashley 983 971 971 0.0 −1.2

Auburn 12,731 12,971 13,052 0.6 2.5

Avilla 2,401 2,422 2,411 −0.5 0.4

Berne 3,999 4,082 4,102 0.5 2.6

Bluffton 9,897 9,993 9,997 0.0 1.0

Butler 2,684 2,694 2,703 0.3 0.7

Churubusco 1,796 1,794 1,811 0.9 0.8

Clear Lake 339 342 340 −0.6 0.3

Columbia City 8,750 8,851 8,861 0.1 1.3

Corunna 254 255 255 0.0 0.4

Cromwell 512 505 504 −0.2 −1.6

Decatur 9,405 9,462 9,524 0.7 1.3

Fort Wayne 253,691 262,806 264,488 0.6 4.3

Fremont 2,138 2,151 2,135 −0.7 −0.1

Garrett 6,286 6,339 6,360 0.3 1.2

Geneva 1,293 1,319 1,331 0.9 2.9

Grabill 1,053 1,099 1,106 0.6 5.0

Hamilton 1,532 1,537 1,530 −0.5 −0.1

Hudson 518 516 510 −1.2 −1.5

Huntertown 4,810 5,252 5,286 0.6 9.9

Huntington 17,391 17,269 17,176 −0.5 −1.2

Kendallville 9,862 9,930 9,906 −0.2 0.4

Larwill 283 282 281 −0.4 −0.7

Leo-Cedarville 3,603 3,742 3,767 0.7 4.6

Ligonier 4,405 4,426 4,419 −0.2 0.3

Markle 1,095 1,095 1,088 −0.6 −0.6

Mentone 1,001 982 979 −0.3 −2.2

Milford 1,562 1,562 1,565 0.2 0.2

Monroe 842 860 867 0.8 3.0

Monroeville 1,235 1,290 1,297 0.5 5.0

New Haven 14,794 15,288 15,384 0.6 4.0

North Webster 1,146 1,158 1,160 0.2 1.2

Orland 434 436 434 −0.5 0.0

Ossian 3,289 3,349 3,353 0.1 1.9

Pierceton 1,015 1,027 1,028 0.1 1.3

Poneto 166 167 167 0.0 0.6

Roanoke 1,722 1,700 1,691 −0.5 −1.8

Rome City 1,361 1,401 1,399 −0.1 2.8

South Whitley 1,751 1,742 1,740 −0.1 −0.6

Syracuse 2,810 2,879 2,882 0.1 2.6

Topeka 1,153 1,189 1,203 1.2 4.3

Warsaw 13,559 14,467 14,662 1.3 8.1

Waterloo 2,242 2,240 2,248 0.4 0.3

Winona Lake 4,908 5,158 5,166 0.2 5.3

Wolcottville 998 1,012 1,015 0.3 1.7

Woodburn 1,520 1,568 1,578 0.6 3.8

Zanesville 600 605 604 −0.2 0.7

Huntertown and Warsaw are among the fastest-growing cities in northeast Indiana, while several cities outside Indianapolis top the list statewide, according to recent census estimates.

Among the state's 10 largest cities, Fort Wayne's growth of 4.3 percent this decade kept pace with Indianapolis, while Fishers and Carmel, outside the capital city, have grown the fastest at 15 percent or more. Fishers and Carmel weren't even in the top 10 in 2000.

Meanwhile, Hammond and Gary showed significant population declines of more than 4.5 percent. Statewide, Indiana recorded 2 percent growth.

The figures are from the 2016 census population estimates released last week. While the list of the 15 largest U.S. cities did not change since 2015, Columbus, Ohio, surpassed Indianapolis to become the 14th-largest city in the U.S., with a population of 860,090, the data show. Indianapolis has a population of 855,164.

Conroe, Texas, near Houston, was the fastest-growing city with at least 50,000 residents. Between 2015 and 2016 Conroe grew 7.8 percent, more than 11 times the nation's growth rate of 0.7 percent.

Ten of the 15 fastest-growing large cities were across the South, with four of the top five in Texas, according to the estimates. 

Allen County incorporated cities and towns all showed growth. At 9.9 percent, Huntertown, with about 5,300 residents, has grown the fastest since 2010. Grabill (1,100) and Monroeville (1,300) tied for second at 5 percent.

Leo-Cedarville had the fastest single-year growth in the county at 0.7 percent with most other Allen County municipalities recording population increases of 0.6 percent between 2015 and 2016.

Of northeast Indiana locales outside Allen County, Warsaw and Winona Lake in Kosciusko County had 8.1 percent and 5.3 percent growth, respectively, this decade.

Carmel, with an estimated 91,000 residents, and Fishers, with 90,000, are among towns surrounding Indi­anapo­lis that have grown significantly in the last couple of decades. Both cities had slightly less than 38,000 residents in 2000. Carmel added an estimated 2,977 people last year, the state's largest single-year increase.

Indianapolis' population, with a surge earlier this decade, has slowed, according to an Indiana Business Research Center media release. The center, part of Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, is the official state representative to the U.S. Census Bureau.

“Fort Wayne has seen remarkably steady population growth over the past six years,” the release states. “Indiana's second-largest city added 1,682 residents in 2016 to bring its total population to an estimated 264,488. Fort Wayne's growth in 2016 was just a shade lower than its average annual growth of 1,739 per year from 2010 to 2015.”

Among other large Indiana cities, Evansville has had annual population declines the last three years, while South Bend's level population early in the decade has increased the last three years, according to the center.

Gary's population has fallen by more than 25 percent in the past 16 years, to an estimated 76,424 in 2016, the release states. The city's ranking went from fifth largest in 2000 to ninth in 2016.

rshawgo@jg.net