Boone and Hamilton county were, by percentage, Indiana’s fastest-growing counties in 2013.
Only one-hundredth of 1 percent separated the counties by the percentage increase of population, the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University said in a press release. Hamilton grew at 2.52 percent, Boone at 2.51 percent, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau that was analyzed by the IBRC.
An estimated 60,477 people lived in Boone last year, an increase of 1,483 persons from 2012, the IBRC said. Hamilton County’s estimated population was 296,693, an increase of 7,294.
“Only Boone County’s growth rate matches or exceeds the pace set over the previous decade,” said Matt Kinghorn, state demographer at the IBRC. “Hamilton County, for instance, grew by an average annual rate of 4.1 percent between the years 2000 and 2010, and Hendricks County increased at a 3.3 percent annual pace over the same period.”
No 2013 information was yet available for cities or towns, Kinghorn said in an email.
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