Indiana population grows 6.6 percent since 2000

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New census figures show Indiana has added more than 400,000 residents since 2000.

The Indiana University Business Research Center says the population gain is a 6.6 percent increase. Indiana's official population count was 6,483,802 as of April 1, 2010.

The research center says the head count indicates that Indiana's rate of population change over the decade fell short of the state's 9.7 percent growth during the 1990s but exceeds the growth seen in the 1970s and the 1980s.

Indiana will keep its nine seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Bloomberg News, meanwhile, reported Thursday that Indiana’s Hispanic population rose 81.6 percent in the past decade. Minorities now represent 39 percent of the overall population, it said, citing the U.S. Census Bureau. The state's white population rose 2.8 percent, the black population increased 15.9 percent and the Asian population jumped 73.3 percent since 2000.

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