EGR 5 consists of Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Morgan and Shelby counties.
Economic Growth Region 5 Analysis
EGR 5 lies in the center of the Hoosier state and is home to nearly a third of Indiana’s workforce.
The central region of the state is home to the Indianapolis, the state capital and most populous city in Indiana. Situated along the banks of the White River, this bustling metropolis hosts world-class motor sports events, professional sports teams and globally respected universities.
Surveyors created the original plat of the new state capital in 1821, which came to be known as “mile square.” City planning efforts improved on the original mile square, and today at the center of the square lies Indy’s most prominent feature, the 284-ft. Soldiers and Sailors Monument.
Extending beyond Marion County are the eight surrounding counties that are affectionately termed the “donut” counties of EGR 5. These counties provide almost a quarter of Marion County’s workforce as seen in commuting patterns.
Known as a “health care hub,” Region 5 employs many health care professionals at its university hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers. Supporting this demand for health care workers are the numerous colleges and universities that call the region home, including Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), the University of Indianapolis, Butler University and Ivy Tech.
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Top 10 Occupation Clusters by Growth
(2014-2024 long-term projections)
- Management occupations
- Business and financial operations occupations
- Computer and mathematical occupations
- Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations
- Health diagnosing and treating practitioners
- Food preparation and serving related occupations
- Sales and related occupations
- Office and administrative support occupations
- Transportation and material moving occupations
- Material moving workers
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Top 10 Industry Sectors
(Based on 2020 annual average employment)
- Health Care and Social Services
- Retail Trade
- Transportation & Warehousing
- Admin, Support, Waste Management
- Accommodation and Food Services
- Professional, Scientific, Technical
- Finance and Insurance
- Public Administration
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Major Employers (Based on number of employees)
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- IU Health University Hospital
- Ascension St Vincent Ctr
- New Era Technology
- Indiana University School of Medicine
- Eli Lilly & Co
- Roche Diagnostics Corp
- Mr Electric of Central Indiana
- IU Health Methodist Hospital
- Amazon Fulfillment Ctr
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Major Educational Institutions
|Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis||Four-year||Indianapolis|
|Ivy Tech-Central Indiana||Two-year||Indianapolis|
|American College of Education||Independent||Indianapolis|
|University of Indianapolis||Independent||Indianapolis|
|University of Phoenix - Indianapolis||Independent||Indianapolis|
Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education
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Largest Cities and Towns in Economic Growth Region 5
|Name||Population in 2021||Percent of region||County|
Source: U.S. Census Bureau annnual population estimates
Helpful Regional Tools and Resources
At-a-glance details about the region's population, labor force, housing and more. Also includes the ability to view EGR 5 without Marion County (since that county has a stand-alone workforce development board):
Get a snapshot of critical population and workforce statistics for each county in the region.
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These are the official labor force projections to 2050 released in September 2018 by the Indiana Business Research Center.
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