Westfield Leads Indiana’s Population Growth in 2021 – Inside INdiana Business

Aerial view of Westfield. (photo courtesy of the Town of Westfield)

US Census Bureau data shows Westfield was Indiana’s fastest growing community last year. According to analysis by Indiana University’s Indiana Business Research Center, Westfield saw its population increase by 7.7% in 2021.

Westfield also saw the strongest numerical growth, with the addition of 3,640 residents. IU says Westfield’s increase is more than twice as large as Fort Wayne’s, which added 1,805 residents in 2021.

Overall, the state’s population increased by 0.3%.

“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. “Nearly 37 percent of the state’s population lived in one of Indiana’s 21 cities with a population of at least 50,000 last year. About 19% of Hoosiers lived in a place consisting of between 10,000 and 49,999 people, while 12% lived in one of Indiana’s 485 cities or towns with fewer than 10,000 people.

According to the data, Indianapolis-area suburban communities took each of the top five spots on the list, with Whitestown at a growth rate of 7.4%, followed by McCordsville at 7%, Avon at 5.7 % and Bargersville at 5.4%. Overall, IU says 17 of the 20 fastest growing communities in the state are in either the Indianapolis metro area or Lake County.

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