Morton Marcus: Population and power | Business News
What’s the biggest story we can anticipate from the 2020 Census when the final count is released? I’m betting it will be that Marion County alone had 23% of Indiana’s population change between 2010 and 2020. Add in Hamilton County and we’ll have 49% of the state’s 264,000 increase for the decade.
When all 11 counties of the Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson Metropolitan Area are included, it will equal 75% of Indiana’s population growth.
Population growth means an increase in political power because 150 seats in the state’s Senate and House, plus the nine Indiana seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are allocated by population. The lines of those districts may be drawn (gerrymandered) to the advantage of the dominant political party, but the number of…