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The success of a regional economy depends in large part on the people who choose to live there.  That choice may be the happenstance of being born there and desiring to stay, or a more deliberate one of choosing to re-locate from somewhere else.
 
Monitoring change in the size and movement of population is an important barometer of well-being.  The barometer is a good metaphor for population change since it can presage more notable events, such as lackluster business attraction due to lack of workers.
 
Blackford County’s population estimate for 2006 was 13,603, down 3.2 percent from the 2000 Census total.  During this same time period, Indiana’s total 2006 population estimate of 6,313,520 was up by 3.8 percent.  Approximately 69 percent of Blackford County’s working residents work in the county.    
 
 
Population Over Time
  1987 1992 1997 2002 2007
Total Population 14,455 14,029 14,001 13,769 13,189
Change Since 1987   -426 -454 -686 -1,266
Pct. Change Since 1987   -2.9% -3.1% -4.7% -8.8%
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Source: US Census Bureau
 
 
Components of Population Change 2006 to 2007
  Number graph
Net Domestic Migration -84
International Migration 1
Natural Increase (births minus deaths) -8
Births 148
Deaths 156
Source: US Census Bureau
 
 
Population Estimates by Age in 2006
  Number Pct. Dist
Preschool 766 5.8%
School Age 2,352 17.7%
College Age 951 7.2%
Young Adult 3,603 27.1%
Older Adult 3,734 28.1%
Older (65 plus) 2,197 16.5%
Source: US Census Bureau
 
 
Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin in 2006
  Number Pct. Dist
American Ind. or Alaskan Native Alone 52 0.4%
Asian Alone 34 0.3%
Black Alone 51 0.4%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone 0 0.0%
White Alone 13,365 100.6%
Two or More Race Groups 101 0.8%
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Hispanic or Latino
Non-Hispanic or Latino 13,520 101.8%
Hispanic or Latino 83 0.6%
Source: US Census Bureau
 
 
Households in 2000
  Number Pct. Dist
Total Households 5,690 100.0%
  Family Households 4,029 70.8%
    Married with Children 1,264 22.2%
    Married without Children 1,967 34.6%
    Single Parents 488 8.6%
    Other 310 5.4%
  Non-family Households 1,661 29.2%
    Living Alone 1,472 25.9%
Average Household Size 2.46
Average Family Household Size 3.48
Source: US Census Bureau
 
 
Population Counts by Decade and Current Year Estimate
  Population Numerical
Chg.
Pct. Chg.
1950 14,026 NA NA
1960 14,792 766 5.5%
1970 15,888 1,096 7.4%
1980 15,570 -318 -2.0%
1990 14,067 -1,503 -9.7%
April 2000 14,048 -19 -0.1%
2007 13,189 -859 -6.1%
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau
 
 
Population Projections
  2005 2010 2015 2020 2025
Population Projections 13,849 13,499 13,273 13,195 13,128
Change Since 2005   -350 -576 -654 -721
Pct. Change Since 2005   -2.5% -4.2% -4.7% -5.2%
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Source: Indiana Business Research Center