Indiana's population grows by largest amount since 2009

The Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis is pictured. The state's population grew by 0.5 percent last year.

Indiana added 32,811 new residents in 2017, a 0.5 percent population increase, according to newly released U.S. Census data.

"Driven by a strong net in-migration, this was the state’s largest annual increase since 2009," said demographer Matt Kinghorn with Indiana University's Indiana Business Research Center.

Indiana gained an estimated 10,434 new residents because of net in-migration, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It also posted a natural population increase of 22,545 this year, with 83,021 births and 60,476 deaths, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Neighboring Illinois was one of just eight states nationally to lose population in 2017. The Land of Lincoln lost an estimated 33,703 people, dropping it behind Pennsylvania as the sixth most populous state in the union. Illinois' population loss was caused mainly by net out-migration of 81,080 residents, including 114,779 people who moved out of Illinois this year, according to the Census data.

Its population now stands at 12.8 million, while Indiana has an estimated 6.6 million residents.


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