Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend see population growth

(Spencer Marsh/95.3 MNC)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana University study finds that most of the state’s most populous cities are growing except for those in the northwest.

Estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau and analyzed by the Indiana Business Research Center at IU’s Kelley School of Business shows Indianapolis had the state’s largest numeric gain with about 5,500 new residents in 2014. That’s below the nearly 9,000 residents added in 2013.

Despite the relatively strong growth, Indianapolis was passed by Jacksonville, Florida, and San Francisco on the list of the nation’s largest cities and now ranks 14th.

Fort Wayne added about 1,650 residents last year, while South Bend added about 270 residents, its largest one-year growth in more than 20 years. In northwest Indiana, though, Hammond, Gary and Lafayette all saw population declines.

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