News from the Indiana Business Research Center last week seemed heartening: The state's four biggest cities are growing fast.
Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville and South Bend all showed dramatic population increases over the past three years. The biggest boom was in the state's capital, which added 7,000 residents to reach a total population of more than 843,000.
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau - analyzed by Business Research Center demographer Matt Kinghorn at Indiana University - shows a spillover in "doughnut" counties around the big cities. Affluent suburbs of Fishers, Carmel and Noblesville all saw numbers swell, as well.
The data were heartening for a state that saw six worrisome years of dwindling growth in the wake of the Great Recession. In just the past year, Indiana added more than 33,120 new Hoosiers to grow its population to 6.57 million.
That's important, Kinghorn said, because population growth signals an improving economy.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.