Lebanon Reporter

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June 27, 2014

Census reveals minority growth in Boone County

Boone County’s population is becoming more diverse.The county had Indiana’s highest rate of black population growth over the past three years, the U.S. Census Bureau determined, according to an analysis of Census Bureau information collected between 2010 and 2013 released Thursday by the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.Boone also had the state’s third-highest percentage increase in Hispanic population. Boone had an estimated 60,477 residents in 2013. Only counties that had at least 500 black residents were included in the Census Bureau’s estimates, the IBRC said.Over the three year period, Boone’s black population increased by an annual average of 17 percent; in 2013, the county’s estimated black population was 825. That is 1.4 percent of the county’s population.With 1,536 Hispanic or Latino residents in 2013, Boone registered an annual average growth rate of 6 percent, just two-tenths of a percent behind second-ranked Dearborn County. Lawrence County’s 8.6 percent annual increase led Indiana.Hispanics were 2.5 percent of Boone’s population.“Hispanic” is considered an ethnicity, not a race, the IBRC said. “Hispanic residents may be of any race,” the organization said.Indiana’s increasing diversity is most pronounced in the state’s child population, the IBRC said.“The Hispanic population younger than 18 increased by 7,900 residents and the number of Asian children grew by 3,820. In all, the state’s total child population dropped by roughly 19,860 residents in over the past three years — a 1.2 percent decline,” the IBRC said. One in 10 Hoosier children younger than 18 are Hispanic.Student enrollment for the 2013-14 school year from the Indiana Department of Education’s website suggests where minority populations live in Boone County.Zionsville Community Schools were Boone’s most ethnically diverse district with 239 multiracial students, 228 Asians, 214 Hispanics, 79 blacks and 17 American Indians.This past school year, 48, or 2.7 percent, of students in Western Boone Community Schools were Hispanic; 24, or 1.4 percent, were multiracial; four were Asian; four were American Indian; and one was black.Lebanon’s black enrollment increased from 10 in 2009-10 to 49 this year. The number of Hispanic students nearly doubled between 2009-10 and 2010-11, to 142; last school year there were 192 Hispanic students, 5.4 percent of total enrollment.Sheridan Community Schools, which includes Boone’s Marion Township, had three black students, 32 Hispanic students and 25 multiracial students in 2013-14.

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