It’s official: Huntington County has lost 2.5 percent of population in past decade

With a 2.5 percent drop in population over the past decade, more “for sale” signs are popping up around Huntington County.
With a 2.5 percent drop in population over the past decade, more “for sale” signs are popping up around Huntington County. Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published Feb. 17, 2011.

It's official: Huntington County has lost 2.5 percent of its population in the past decade.

The latest 2010 U.S. Census data shows that Huntington County has a population of 37,124, down from the 2000 population of 38,075.

The largest population loss came in the census tract that covers Wayne, Jefferson and Salamonie townships.
That area, also known as Census Tract 992100, lost 13.85 percent of its population in the past decade, for a current population of 3,347, down from 3,885 in 2000.

Salamonie Township and the town of Warren had the lowest census response rates, possibly skewing results.

There were bright spots, however. Roanoke was the only incorporated community in the county to gain population. In 10 years, Roanoke added 227 people, bringing the count from 1,495 (2000) to 1,722 (2010).

Mat Quickery, board member and past president of the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce, said that the efforts of Roanoke to revitalize its downtown, as well as the General Motors expansion in Allen County, may have helped fuel Roanoke's growth.

"We've put a lot of efforts into downtown revitalization," Quickery says. "Once people come in and see the town, they're more likely ... to live here."

Luke Klingenberger, current Roanoke Chamber of Commerce president, echoed Quickery.

"It's not only the chamber, but the community as a whole has come together to make Roanoke more attractive," Klingenberger says.

He added that the town has seen an increase in business, and the designation of Roanoke Elementary as a four-star school furthered the attractiveness of the community to new residents.

Also, Census Tract 991700, which includes most of Union and Rock Creek townships and Jackson Township south of CR 900N, reported a gain of 5.21 percent. The Census said that 225 people were added to that area since 2000, bringing the total to 4,254.

Despite the overall loss of population, Mark Wickersham, executive director of Huntington County United Economic Development, says that there has been much success in economic development in recent years. Wickersham also said that the growth in the northern and eastern parts of the county is not surprising.

"Areas that seem to see suburban growth are still showing growth patterns," Wickersham says. "That trend has been going on for 30 years."

Wickersham says the growth of southwest Allen County is trickling down into Huntington County, much like other suburban areas around the state. In addition, the wealthier parts of the county continue to see more growth than other areas.

"Where the demographic group is more financially healthy, you tend to see more growth," he says.

He added that continued work with other counties is vital to the economic, and therefore population health, of Huntington County.

"To an extent, our counties are dependent on each other," said Wickersham.

In the area, Wabash and Grant counties also lost population, falling 5.9 percent and 4.6 percent, respectively. Wells County stayed almost unchanged since 2000, reporting just a 0.1 percent increase.

Whitley County was the big winner among not only Huntington County's neighbors, but in all of northeast Indiana, with an 8.4 percent increase to 33,292 from 32,861 in 2000. Allen County increased by 7.1 percent to 355,329.

Following are the 2010 and 2000 Census numbers for Huntington County's incorporated areas, census districts and townships:

Incorporated areas
Huntington: 17,391 (2010); 17,450 (2000).
Andrews: 1,149 (2010); 1,250 (2000).
Markle: 1,095 (2010); 1,102 (2000).
Mt. Etna: 94 (2010); 110 (2000).
Roanoke: 1,722 (2010); 1,495 (2000).
Warren: 1,239 (2010); 1,272 (2000).

Census tracts
991300, includes Jackson Township north of CR 900N, Clear Creek and Warren Townships: Loss of .015 percent; 4,625 (2010); 4,632 (2000). 991400, generally all in Huntington Township, follows Ind.-16 to Ind.-5 to Hauenstein Road and portions of northwest Huntington city south of Flaxmill Road: 3,863 (2010); 3,749 (2000).

991500, generally all within Huntington city, includes between Flaxmill Road and Hauenstein Road to the eastern Huntington city limit on the north side of the city: 4,871 (2010); 4,863 (2000).

991600, generally areas in northeast Huntington Township, but outside Huntington city, east of Ind.-5: 3,726 (2010); 3,921 (2000).

991700, includes Jackson Township south of CR 900N, Union Township, all but western edge of Rock Creek Township: Gain of 5.21 percent; 4,546 (2010); 4,321 (2000).

991800, southeast Huntington Township, and the south side of Huntington city from Ogan Avenue to Broadway: 3,230 (2010); 3,531 (2000).

991900, all south of the Little River, southwest Huntington Township from CR 200W to 600W and Rangeline Road and Huntington city west of Ogan Avenue: 4,662 (2010); 4,706 (2000).

992000, includes Dallas Township, Polk Township, Lancaster Township, western edge of Rock Creek Township, small section of Huntington Township along Wabash River to Forks of the Wabash: Loss of 4.77 percent; 4,254 (2010); 4,467 (2000).

992100, includes Wayne, Jefferson and Salamonie Townships, Loss of 13.85 percent; 3,347 (2010); 3,885 (2000).

Clear Creek: 1,928 (2010); 1,742 (2000).
Dallas: 2,114 (2010); 2,243 (2000).
Huntington: 20,837 (2010); 21,262 (2000).
Jackson: 4,043 (2010); 3,764 (2000).
Jefferson: 757 (2010); 805 (2000).
Lancaster: 1,150 (2010); 1,225 (2000).
Polk: 449 (2010); 491 (2000).
Rock Creek: 1,350 (2010); 1,417 (2000).
Salamonie: 2,049 (2010); 2,529 (2000).
Union: 1,235 (2010); 1,308 (2000).
Warren: 672 (2010); 730 (2000).
Wayne: 540 (2010); 559 (2000).