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April 1, 2014

Cass losing population again

Latest census bureau survey shows continued downward trend

Cass County’s population has gone down by 234 people from 2012 to 2013 to an estimated 38,463, according to 2013 U.S. Census Bureau estimates released last week.

Although the loss represented about six-tenths of 1 percent of the county’s population, it’s the fifth largest decline in the state in absolute terms. Only Lake, Wayne, Miami and Vigo counties had greater estimated population losses.

Cass’ births outpaced its deaths by more than 100, but outward migration to other Indiana counties or U.S. states offset the natural growth the county would otherwise have seen.

The population of Indiana as a whole grew slightly in 2013, analysis by the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business indicates. Growth in 2013 outpaced 2012 growth slightly, reversing a six-year trend in which growth had slowed year over year.

The four fastest-growing Indiana counties surrounded Indianapolis. Fifth was Tippecanoe County, which gained 2,388 residents.

From 2012 to 2013, estimates indicated, Carroll County’s population went down by 45 to 20,086. Pulaski County’s population decreased by 65 to 13,007.

White County added 10 residents. Fulton County lost 223 and Miami County lost 340.

Since the official U.S. Census in 2010, Cass County has lost more than 500 residents, the estimates indicated — a loss of about 1.3 percent over three years.

It’s a trend the county has faced for more than a decade. Population went down 4.8 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to data available on STATS Indiana, a web database of government records maintained by the Indiana Business Research Center at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

The current estimated population puts Cass County roughly on par with its population in 1990. Records show Cass’s population then was 38,413.

Reach Sarah Einselen at sarah.einselen@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5151.

Around the area A look at the population changes in area counties from 2012 to 2013: COUNTY CHANGE Carroll -45 Cass -234 Fulton -223 Miami -340 Pulaski -65 White +10

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