Indiana's 2016 population a fitting milestone in the state's 200-year history

Carol O. Rogers

Indiana’s resident population grew to 6.63 million in 2016.

Indiana’s resident population grew to 6.63 million in 2016, a fitting way to mark the state's bicentennial (it became the 19th state on December 11, 1816).

  • Indiana’s rate of growth was 142 percent from 1900 to 2000 (the course of the 20th century), which is equivalent to a 0.9 percent annual average growth.
  • Between 2000 and 2016, Indiana has seen 9 percent growth, which equates to a 0.5 percent annual average rate.
  • Indiana is now the 17th largest state, having been overtaken by Tennessee.
  • Between 2015 and 2016, Indiana’s population increased by 20,285 people.
  • Domestic out-migration is now larger than international in-migration (net figures): We lost 12,135 residents to other states and gained 11,052 from other countries between 2015 and 2016.

Figure 1: Growth trend for Indiana


Source: U.S. Census Bureau

The IBRC at Indiana University is the state’s representative to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Federal-State Cooperative for Population Estimates (FSCPE). It has served the state of Indiana in this role since the 1960s and produces the official state and county population projections.

For more information, contact Matt Kinghorn, IBRC state demographer at or Carol Rogers, deputy director at