Population growth leads region

Jackson County’s population grew faster than any other county in south-central Indiana between 2012 and 2013.

According to estimates recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau, Jackson County’s population grew by 426 people, or 1 percent, this past year to 43,466.

Just eight other Hoosier counties had higher percentage growth rates. Hamilton, which added 7,294 people, or 2.5 percent, to bring its population to 296,693, had the state’s highest percentage growth. Fountain County lost 216 people, or 1.3 percent — the state’s highest percentage loss — as its population fell to 16,880.

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