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Sunday, March 27, 2016 5:02 am

County ranks as nation's 186th largest

Ron Shawgo | The Journal Gazette

New census figures provide a look at year-to-year population growth in addition to how states and counties fared in the first half of the decade.

Here are some of the census findings:

•Allen County is ranked 186th largest among the nation’s 3,142 counties. With an estimated 368,450 residents, its 4 percent growth rate since 2010 is also the nation’s average. The 2015 single-year population increase of 1 percent also equals the national rate.

•Marion County, with about 940,000 people, and Lake County, with about half that amount, are still larger than Allen County. But while Allen gained about 13,000 people the first part of this decade, Lake lost 8,000, according to the estimates.

•The Fort Wayne metropolitan area, comprising Allen, Wells and Whitley counties, is the 126th largest of 388 metros. It ranks between two Texas metros, Killeen-Temple and Brownsville-Harlingen. Its 3 percent growth rate since 2010 is 2 points below the average for all metros. The 1 percent growth between 2014 and 2015 matches the national rate.

The Fort Wayne metro has added more than 13,000 people since 2010.

Having more births than deaths is what’s driving the growth.

rshawgo@jg.net