Estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that Indiana’s annual population growth rate declined for the sixth consecutive year this year.
Just less than 21,000 residents were new to the state from 2011 to 2012. The state’s annual rate of growth dropped from .41 percent in 2011 and was Indiana’s slowest one-year growth rate since 1986. With 6.54 million residents, Indiana ranked as the nation’s 16th most populous state in 2012.
The number of births in the state was also down from more than 84,800 in 2011 to 83,300 last year.