Newly released Census Bureau estimates show Indiana continuing its slowest period of population growth in three decades.
The population figures released Thursday show that Indiana added about 20,000 people last year for a 0.31 percent population growth. The state has about 6,633,000 people.
Marion County's population rose 0.34 percent with the net addition of 3,171 people,
Indiana University demographer Matt Kinghorn told The Indianapolis Star the last two years have been the state's slowest period of population gains since the late 1980s.
He said a long-running trend of people moving from the Midwest to the South and Southwest is helping drive Indiana's stagnant population growth.
The county-level estimates show Indiana's five fastest-growing counties are the suburban counties that surround Indianapolis. But the Fort Wayne area and southern Indiana's counties near Louisville, also are seeing significant growth.
Hamilton County led the state with 2.33 percent growth, followed by Boone (1.98 percent), Hancock (1.83 percent), Johnson (1.77 percent) and Hendricks (1.61 percent).
Hamilton County also led the state in growth in sheer numbers by adding 7,201 people.