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Kempton is red-hot

July 10, 2008
Ever heard of Kempton? Itâ??s a burg between Indianapolis and Kokomo that just happens to be the second-fastest growing town in the state.

Kemptonâ??s population last year was 716, an increase of 27 percent in just one year, according to an Indiana University population study released today. Only Winfield in Lake County grew faster.

Itâ??s too far outside of Indianapolis to be the next Westfield, at least not yet.

Tipton County Assessor Linda Altherr says itâ??s actually a dumpy ghost town. â??Thereâ??s nothing going on there right now, Iâ??ll tell you,â?? Altherr says.

Itâ??s so dead, she adds, that the town recently bought several abandoned buildings at a tax sale with the aim of tearing some of them down.

So, what gives?

People are starting to plunk houses in the Kempton area, Altherr says. Theyâ??re modest dwellings built by retirees and factory workers who commute to Kokomo, Lafayette and other places. A few new houses, and the population spikes.

Now you know.
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