By Heather Collins
A recent special census shows explosive population growth as well as increased diversity and youth in Whitestown.
“We are a little surprised, but pleasantly surprised, by what the special census numbers show,” Whitestown Director of Public Relations Tanya Sumner said. “We’re growing faster than we even guessed. It’s an exciting time to live in Whitestown, and families are starting to discover that we’ve been the best-kept secret on the northwest side.”
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Whitestown has more than doubled from 2,867 in 2010 to 7,814 in November of last year. The report revealed that Whitestown is one of the youngest communities in Indiana, with an average age of 30.7 years. Comparatively, the median age of Boone County residents is 39 years, and the median age of Indiana residents is 35.2.
The number of white households has dropped from 90.83 percent in 2010 to 83.8 percent. The African-American population rose from 2.79 percent to 5.4 percent, and the Asian population rose from 2.93 percent in 2010 to 6.4 percent.
“It was our town council’s goal in April 2015, when we passed our Human Relations Ordinance and established our Human Relations Commission, to set ourselves apart as a welcoming and inclusive community,” Whitestown Town Manager Dax Norton said. “We’re thrilled that the U.S Census numbers are showing that we are succeeding at attracting a growing number of residents from all different backgrounds.”
Town Council President Eric Miller said the population increase means Whitestown qualifies for nearly $1.5 million in additional state and federal funding in the next five years. Miller said the additional funds will go toward roads, trails and amenities. Miller’s goal is to make Whitestown the most walkable community in Indiana.
The census results also will immediately secure three more liquor licenses for Whitestown. Norton said the new liquor licenses will be used as an economic tool to attract more high-end restaurants and brew pubs.
For information, visit whitestown.in.gov.