By 2050, Indiana’s population will increase by 15 percent, from 6.5 million to 7.5 million residents, according to a report from the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
Most of that growth is set to take place by 2020 with a large portion of the growth focused in metro areas. Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Jackson and Switzerland counties are all set to experience a growth of more than 40 percent by 2050.
The rise will largely come from Indiana’s birth rate being higher than its death rate, although researchers say part of the jump could come from people moving into the state.
Some more rural counties are expected to face a population decrease with 28 counties having predicted declines of more than 10 percent.
Following the national trend, Indiana’s senior population will grow to nearly 600,000, according to the report. Those 65 and older will then account for 20 percent of Indiana’s population, up from 13 percent in 2010.