By Chris Bavender
For the sixth straight year, Whitestown has been named the fastest-growing community in Indiana. The IU Kelley School of Business’s Indiana Business Research Center anyalsis found that “among Indiana cities or towns with at least 5,000 residents, Whitestown in Boone County was the state’s fastest-growing community in 2016 with a growth rate of 9.2 percent.”
A special census completed in Nov. 2016 found Whitestown’s population had grown to 7,814 residents, more than doubling from 3,147 in 2010.
“Whitestown is building a reputation as a dynamic, growing community, and that excites both residents and businesses who want to be part of our boom. We offer a great deal, and that’s why families continue to want to move here,” said Tanya Sumner, director of public relations for the Town of Whitestown. “Whitestown is served by two terrific public school systems, Zionsville Community Schools and Lebanon Community School Corporation. We also have a great private school option with Traders Point Christian Schools.”
According to the study, 13 of the 15 fastest-growing cities or towns in the state in 2016 were in suburban counties in the Indianapolis metropolitan area.
Sumner said Whitestown offers a convenient location with easy access to I-65, and a growing number of amenities.
“Our convenient location right off the interstate makes commuting to downtown Indianapolis easy for our residents. And we’re a prime location for businesses since they can easily ship or receive products from anywhere in the Midwest quickly and easily,” she said. “We’re attracting more and more locally owned restaurants our residents love having nearby, like Flamme Burger, the brand new Thai Select restaurant and Caplinger’s Fresh Catch restaurant and seafood market.”
She said business owners tell her they’re “excited about the growth they see here and want to be a part of it.”
“We’ve celebrated five ribbon cuttings in the month of May alone, so business owners definitely see the advantages of moving to Whitestown,” Sumner said.
And, there’s room for more growth.
“We have a detailed plan to make sure we grow smart. We have specific areas identified in our comprehensive plan for green space, parks, residential, business and industrial,” Sumner said. “Our director of planning, Lauren Bailey, does a great job of making sure proposed projects fit the space. To put it in perspective, Whitestown is roughly 15 square miles, which is about the same size of Brownsburg.”