ANDERSON — Madison County’s population hasn’t exactly been skyrocketing over the past few years. While in 1972 the population was nearly 142,000, by 2011 it had shrunk by over 10,000.
Between 2011 and 2012 alone, the county had a net loss of 741 people, a .57 percent decrease, according to the Indiana Business Research Center. That’s almost a full percentage point below the statewide population change, which was positive: plus 20,981, an increase of .32 percent.
But when the county’s change is broken down by race, it’s apparent that not every segment of the population is decreasing.
For example, in that year, Madison gained 36 people of Asian ethnicity, a 6.29 percent increase; and 134 Hispanics, a 3.1 percent increase.
Madison’s black population fared a little worse with a decrease of 32, a minus .3 percent change.
The county’s white population saw the steepest decline, a minus .82 percent change, with a total loss of 924. In Indiana, that’s second only to Lake County, which lost 1,285.
The state’s white population was also the only segment that saw negative change between 2011 and 2012, with a loss of 2.040 people, a decrease of .04 percent.
— The Herald Bulletin