Go west (to Hendricks County)

February 16, 2010
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If you’re looking for action in the local economy, Hendricks County is as good a good place as any to start. It’s the only county in the Indianapolis area where the number of jobs is growing, and the growth is spread fairly evenly across the various sectors of the economy.

“Action,” of course, is relative when times are crummy. Hendricks County can’t be described as a hot bed.

Yet, consider this: Hendricks hasn’t seen so much as a losing month since the state economy went into recession in December 2007. Jobs increased every month compared to the same month in the prior year.

Business creation is reasonably strong, too.

Being just across the Marion County line from Indianapolis International Airport, you’d expect Hendricks to do well in trucking and warehousing, and it is. But Hendricks employers ranging from real estate brokerages to retailing to health care to schools are hiring.

By way of caution, the data is old—the latest available from the government is from June. But it still shows a trend. Other counties are probably turning around by now, but we won’t know for sure until the numbers are released in a few more months.

Are you surprised Hendricks is doing better than the two wealthiest counties, Boone and Hamilton?


  • Love it here
    We've lived in Hendricks County for 12 years now and wouldn't live anywhere else in the state. It has grown exponentially in that amount of time and I can't say I'm too surprised the county has remained as stable as it has. I do know one thing, my dollar goes a lot farther in Hendricks County than in Boone or Hamilton county. Try comparing vet services, dental services, housing and pretty much anything else. You'll pay a lot more if you live in Boone or Hamilton County. All I have to say is "no thanks." I'm happy right where I am.
  • Wealthier Than Boone
    The article stated that Boone and Hamilton are wealthier than Hendricks, but an IBJ story this past week discussing Hamilton county as having the highest household income credited Hendricks County as being number two.
  • Avon Top 10 Fastest Growing in the Country Too
    Yes, I said country. I recently read an article that ranked Avon, Indiana in the top 10 fastest growing communities in the country!! My family moved from Mooresville to Avon 7 years ago and we have never regretted it. Avon is a great place to live.
  • Strong and Stable
    My father and mother moved to Hendricks County from Indianapolis in 1972. At first it was a culture shock. But after spending the last 28 years here, I feel deeply connected to this county. The values with which I was raised were nutured here, not only in my home but in my community. I work for a local bank that has stood steady for the last 100 years. My husband and I have raised three children who know the importance of giving back to your community - even though they now live in different states. Hendricks Couonty offers affordable living, friendly neighbors, and support of local businesses. plan on helping it to stay that way!

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  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

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  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.