Boone incomes edging Hamilton

April 30, 2008
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Hamilton County is where the wealth is, followed by Boone County, right?

Not necessarily, anymore.

The average person in Boone County now makes more money than the average person next door in Hamilton County.

In an upcoming column in IBJ, Morton Marcus, who formerly directed the Indiana Business Research Center, points out that per-capita personal income grew faster in Boone County between 2000 and 2006 than in Hamilton County.

Thatâ??s partly because the pool of total income in Hamilton County was diluted by the births of more children, Marcus says.

Still, he adds that itâ??s news for Boone to eclipse Hamilton on a measure of wealth.

What do you think?
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  • I think that people in Hamilton County make more money than people in Boone County.
  • The study or story should compare persons that are old enough and capable enough to work in both counties. Morton Marcus says Hamilton County is diluted by the number of babies. So in fact people who can work in Hamilton County do in fact make more money.

    P.S. Not that Zionsville is not an affluent and very nice community.
  • As a long-time resident of Fishers, I can attest to the huge numbers of children there. Schools are continuously being added. Perhaps it's because housing costs there are more affordable than in Carmel or Zionsville.
  • Does it really matter?
  • After reading Morton for a long time, Morton likes to write these articles to stir the pot. He manages the numbers. I'm one of those numbers people as well and you can masssage it to point out anything. Studying affluence based on per capita. Look at the population difference among Boone county and Hamilton. A LARGE difference. I would be like saying 50% of the presedential candidates are no longer on the ballots after Obama wins the Primary. that 50% really only means one person left! Morton likes to stir the pot and create controversy. Don't worry about the Per Capita.
  • Yes, Kathy it matters a lot. And for a lot of reasons, some of them business related, some of them not ... whether you like it or not, it matters a lot to a lot of people.

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