INDIANAPOLIS – Allen County saw robust growth in the last decade – double the state average – while Fort Wayne also gained population at a slightly slower pace.
Nationwide about 52% of all counties lost population from 2020 to 2010, new census data released Thursday showed. And the growth took place around cities.
“The country's population is increasingly metropolitan,” said Marc Perry, senior demographer of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Indiana followed that trend, with northeast Indiana doing better than some other regions of the state. The most growth was seen in central Indiana.
“The population growth of Allen and surrounding counties is no small feat considering how population decline is the general trend for the Midwest and rural areas in particular,” said Rachel Blakeman, director of the Community Research Institute at Purdue University Fort Wayne. “Looking at the individual counties, you start to see different patterns with some gaining and some losing, but as a collective, it bodes well for the Fort Wayne metro and all of northeast Indiana. I think we can see this as a vote of confidence in the future here.”
Fort Wayne grew 4% to 263,886.
Allen and LaGrange counties led the population gains locally at 30,081 people or 8.5% and 3,318 or 8.9% respectively. The three counties that lost population in the past decade were Huntington, Noble and Wabash.
The census also released initial data on race, which found the white population remained the largest race or ethnicity group in the nation. But that decreased by 8.6% since 2010. The multiracial population changed considerably – jumping from 9 million people to 33.8 million people.
Indiana's white-only population is 75.5%, followed by the Black population at 9.4%. Eight and two-tenths percent described themselves as Hispanic.
Looking at age, 78% of the nation is 18 or older. Indiana is at 76.5%, meaning there are 5,192,579 adults and 1,592,949 children.
Here is the new 2020 population for each area county and the change from the 2010 census:
County 2020 pop Change
Adams 35,809 4.1%
Allen 385,410 8.5%
DeKalb 43,265 2.5%
Huntington 36,662 -1.2%
Kosciusko 80,240 3.7%
LaGrange 40,446 8.9%
Noble 47,457 -0.2%
Steuben 34,435 0.7%
Wabash 30,976 -5.8%
Wells 28,180 2%
Whitley 34,191 2.7%