COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (May 4, 2018) – Data recently released from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that Whitley County saw a population increase of 272 new residents from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017. This is up from a net increase of 44 new residents for the same period between July 1, 2015 to July 1, 2016.

“For the County, Region and State, our ability to increase population is the single most important factor in our ability to compete in the global economy. More people means more vibrant and successful communities, schools and businesses,” said Jon Myers, president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC). “We need to grow faster if we are going to meet our regional goal of 1 million residents by 2030, but at least we are headed in the right direction.”

The data from the Census Bureau reflects the estimated growth in the county from July 2016 to July 2017. It shows that Whitley County had the highest percentage increase of population of the eleven counties in Northeast Indiana with a year-on-year increase of 0.81%, which was slightly above the national average of 0.71% for the same time period.

With Whitley County’s unemployment rate sitting at 2.7% (March 2018) there continues to be a high demand for skilled workers. Whitley County employers from all industries need people to fill open jobs.

”I was pleased to see that our hard work is paying off. As residents, we know that Whitley County is a great place to live, start and grow a business and raise a family. What we can do to help, is talk to our friends and family that may live in other parts of the country, and explain to them why they should join us in creating a bright future together in Whitley County,” commented Whitley County Commissioner George Schrumpf.

According to a survey and article published by Area Development Magazine, quality-of-life factors such as: a low crime rate, healthcare facilities, housing costs and availability, schools, and recreational opportunities are key for individuals and companies in making location decisions. However, the number one response reported from companies when determining a location for their business was human capital. Although the list of desired quality-of-life factors varies from person to person, the need for human capital–skilled talent–is crucial across the board for companies.

As the EDC and other community partners continue efforts to attract and retain talent in the community, prioritizing and balancing the wants and needs of the community will still be important.

”It’s not enough to put all of the responsibility on our local leaders. If we are going to flourish as a County, Region, and State, every one of us needs to be an ambassador and promote our quality of life and friendly communities to those who may be interested in moving here. Every one of us needs to do our individual part in helping recruit families that may be interested in calling Whitley County home,” said Myers.



About Whitley County EDC
The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is the lead economic development agency in Whitley County, Indiana. The EDC works closely with local, regional, and state partners to support our industry clients’ growth and success. Our mission is to lead a comprehensive economic development program that retains and expands employment opportunities for local residents and attracts business investment to Whitley County. The Whitley County EDC was established in 1992 and represents Whitley County, Columbia City, and the Towns of Churubusco, Larwill, and South Whitley. For more information about the EDC, visit:


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Katie Dewitt (Whitley County EDC) – 260.244.5506