The U.S. Census Bureau has released detailed data to the public concerning Indiana‘s growth and how the population has changed since 2000. The information details Hoosier residents race, with sixty-three total race categories, including multi-ethnic people.
“In the 2000 census for the first time, individuals could identify themselves as more than one race on the census form. In the last decade, multi-racial identity has become a more common part of our understanding of race and ethnicity,” Census Bureau Director Robert Groves said, adding that this time the information is much more specific.
The 2010 information shows the five most populated areas in the state are Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend and Hammond. Indianapolis grew by 4.8% and Fort Wayne increased 23%. Evansville, Hammond and South Bend all saw their populations decrease. The largest county in the state is Marion County with more than 903,000 people, growing by 5% since 2000. Hamilton County saw a 50% increase with a total of more than 274,000 people.
The information is now in the hands of lawmakers who are charged with redrawing district maps this year.