FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- The 2020 Census shows more than half of the counties in the United States lost population over the last decade.
Northeast Indiana isn’t part of that trend.
“For us to be able to say that we’re doing that, against some of those trends in the midwest is a really strong statement that this is a good place to live and a good place to put a business,” Dan Watson of Greater Fort Wayne said.
Though the data shows growth, why it happened hasn’t been released yet, according to Rachel Blakeman, the director of the Community Research Institute at Purdue University Fort Wayne.
“I would expect that some of the population growth from people moving here are likely people taking new jobs,” she said.
Watson said there’s been a shift in that realm recently, particularly in the Fort Wayne area.
Before, people would move to cities because of jobs.
Now, he said businesses are looking to move to cities because of their populations and growth potential.
Watson said over $1 billion has been invested in downtown Fort Wayne alone.
“[Greater Fort Wayne] has helped 190 different companies either come here or existing companies grow here,” he said. “And those companies have invested $3.2 billion in private money into Allen County.”
Since 2014, that has created over 12,000 jobs.
More opportunities paired with a low cost of living attracts both businesses and people to an already growing area.
“The question is: Can Fort Wayne and Allen County be a place where businesses can keep their people happy? And we can say now, emphatically yes,” Watson said.