Census surprises

January 4, 2010
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The 2010 census launches today, but details of the findings won’t be available until spring of 2011. Carol Rogers, an Indiana University demographer with a focus on the state, is watching for the following surprises:

— The Latino population in the Indianapolis area will be significantly larger than it was in the 2000 census, possibly 20 percent greater, Rogers says. In the past census, 2.7 percent of the region’s 1.5 million people were Latino. (In this example and the one below, the figures are for 2000 data accounting for the new Indianapolis-Carmel Metropolitan Statistical Area of Marion and surrounding counties along with Brown and Putnam counties.)

— Also in the Indianapolis area, homeownership rates will fall a few points from the 62.4 percent in 2000, Rogers predicts. Marion County, which has long had more renters due to the high number of college students and young people moving into the region, will see a surge in renters due to the foreclosure crisis.

— Head counts in densely populated unincorporated areas will jump. The place Rogers is watching most closely is Granger, a wealthy enclave outside South Bend that had exploded to 28,284 people as of the last census. People have moved to unincorporated areas—Fairland in Shelby County is one local example—to be able to afford more property. The residents also tend to want proximity to cities and their amenities while avoiding taxes for police and other services.

— Seymour, the city along Interstate 65 roughly halfway between Indianapolis and Louisville, probably has grown more than many people realize, Rogers says. Seymour had 18,101 residents during the last count, and has prospered largely through aggression of long-time economic development leader Jim Plump.

Thoughts on Rogers’ predictions?

How to you feel about participating in the census? Any hesitations?

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  • Census Participation is Important
    I think that these predictions are on the money. Indiana will certainly see a significant rise in the Latino population, as will much of the country. I would add that we can expect to see that Indianaâ??s population has grown faster throughout the decade than neighboring Illinois, Michigan and Ohio thanks to a more dynamic economic landscape here.

    I donâ??t have any reservations about participating in the Census. The information determines Indianaâ??s representation in congress, the amount of federal funds we receive and provides important data for public service and economic development planning.
  • Census
    The US Census, appropriately conducted by the US Censless Bureau had much more direct benefit in regard to distribution of federal funds years ago. Congressional brokering, earmark bribes, and fattening of the congressional hogs should tell you that there is little chance anything will ever be fair unless we, the voters, find a way to change the way business is misconducted in Washington.

    The "change" we've seen did not live up to the promise of the "change" messiah. Remember the promise of NO MORE EARMARKS in my administration. Yeah, sure, buddy.

    And, oh, if we could only say NO to the CZARS. This is just wrong and has been a misdeed of both parties just as both are to blame for the mess we are enduring in Congress.

    Oink, oink...........
  • Ovbious
    the information which will come out in the 2010 census - should not be a surprise. More people in the state, Less home owners, more renters. Race, Politics, Religion, and Professional shifts in various areas. If you have been awake the past 10 or so years, there should not be much of a supprise or shock.

    My question is, how long and how often do people hold houses (especially within the past 10 years)? I knew a few people who moved about 2-4 times within the last ten years and this is not completely due to the current crisis, but due to the fact of job changes, educational changes, or other personal reasons.

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