Census estimates: county population increases by 2,118 in one year

By Noah Crenshaw | Daily newspaper

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Johnson County continued to grow in 2021, adding more than 2,100 people, bringing the population to 164,298, according to US Census Bureau estimates.

Indiana added 20,341 residents in 2021, bringing the state’s total population to nearly 6.81 million. Johnson County was among the top five numerical winners in the state, adding 2,118. The county recorded the fourth-highest gain in the state, beaten by Hamilton, Hendricks and Allen counties, according to the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

Bargersville was among the fastest growing communities in the state. The city grew by 656 people between April 1, 2020 and July 1, 2021, bringing the population to about 10,239, according to US Census Bureau data. The city is the fifth fastest growing community with a population of at least 5,000 in the state, according to data compiled by the research center.

Only Westfield, Whitestown, McCordsville and Avon grew faster, according to data from the center.

“Looking at the differences between urban and rural communities, these population estimates show that most Hoosiers live in cities or towns,” said Matthew Kinghorn, senior demographer at the Indiana Business Research Center, in a press release. .

Greenwood’s growth continues

The town of Greenwood continued to grow through 2021 as the town’s population increased by 1.7% which added 1015 new residents. The city’s population is now estimated at around 64,918, according to census data.

The city is the 589th most populous city in the country for localities consisting of 50,000 or more inhabitants. Greenwood is now slightly larger than Brentwood, California and Utica, New York. Brentwood’s population is estimated at 64,870 and Utica’s population is estimated at 64,501, according to the data.

Mayor Mark Myers says Greenwood has seen positive, controlled growth and city officials are actively trying to keep up with it. All city departments — including fire, police, sanitation and street departments — are also working to keep pace, he said.

“It’s something we’ve been working on for 10 years,” he said.

The growth the town has seen over the past year shows that people love Greenwood and want to be part of a community where they feel safe, Myers said.

“I’m getting an incredible amount of positive feedback from citizens who have recently moved into the city,” he said.

Myers has heard from many citizens that Greenwood offers more than what their previous towns do. Many people said they like the city’s three school systems — Center Grove, Clark Pleasant and Greenwood — he said.

The city also has some of the lowest property taxes in the state, which is also factored in, Myers said.

Franklin on the rise

Franklin’s population grew to 25,437 in 2021, with the addition of 124 new residents, an increase of 0.5%.

The city’s growth is a sign that people want to come to the city because of the job opportunities and amenities that Franklin provides, Mayor Steve Barnett said. The city offers a variety of opportunities for employees in several fields, including retail, logistics and medical, he said.

Over the past 10 years or so, the city has invested in creating a good atmosphere for people to come here, and the growth shows it, he said.

The city will continue to be in a good position for growth in the future due to its transport links. The city has both north-south corridors – Interstate 65 and US 31 – and east-west corridors – State Road 44 and State Road 144 – for development. Further north, other regions are looking to create their own east-west corridors, Barnett said.

“We already have that. That’s a big plus,” he said.

Barnett expects the city’s growth to accelerate over the next 5-10 years as new housing developments begin construction. With 1,700 new residents over the past 11 years, the growth is not alarmingly fast, he said.

“We want to have the right amount of growth,” Barnett said. “Slow growth is good, rapid growth is not.”

The economy will likely control much of the city’s growth over the next decade. The city has a number of subdivisions in the works, and the economy will dictate how much work developers do and how long it takes to get it done, he said.

Over the next 5-10 years, the city has the potential to build 1,500 homes that are expected to be built by developers. Whenever developments happen, they will be slow, Barnett said.

“We don’t want rapid growth. We want slow, responsible growth,” Barnett said. “It has to be balanced.

Cities mixed on growth

Bargersville saw the most growth, but other towns in the county also saw growth, according to the Census Bureau. Trafalgar rose 5.7% to 1,502; Whiteland rose 2.8% to 4,738; and New Whiteland rose 0.4%, to an estimated 5,593.

Bargersville City Manager Julie Young did not respond to a request for an interview about Bargersville’s growth by the deadline.

Other communities in Johnson County experienced population losses, although the losses were no more than 12 people for a single community.

Edinburgh’s population fell from 4,455 in 2020 to 4,443, a decrease of 12 people. Prince’s Lakes’ population also fell by four people, to 1,375, the data showed.