Hoosiers by the Numbers

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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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2.8 Unemployment Rate (EGR 5)
$26.01 Average Wage (Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson MSA)
$19.02 Median Wage (Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson MSA)
1,138,200 Nonfarm Employment (Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson MSA)
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Top 10 Occupation Groups by Growth
(2020-2030 long-term projections)

  1. Personal care and service occupations
  2. Healthcare support occupations
  3. Food preparation and serving related occupations
  4. Computer and mathematical occupations
  5. Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations
  6. Community and social services occupations
  7. Transportation and material moving occupations
  8. Education, training, and library occupations
  9. Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations
  10. Protective service occupations

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Indiana Department of Workforce Development

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Top 10 Industry Sectors
(Based on 2021 annual average employment)

  1. Retail Trade
  2. Health Care and Social Services
  3. Transportation & Warehousing
  4. Accommodation and Food Services
  5. Manufacturing
  6. Admin, Support, Waste Management
  7. Construction
  8. Professional, Scientific, Technical
  9. Finance and Insurance
  10. Wholesale Trade

Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

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Major Employers (Based on number of employees)

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  • IU Health University Hospital
  • Ascension St. Vincent Center
  • New Era Technology
  • Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Eli Lilly & Co.
  • Roche Diagnostics Corp.
  • CNO Financial Group Inc.
  • IU Health Methodist Hospital
  • Amazon Fulfillment Center

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Note: The list of regional employers on this page was updated July 2022 to include local insights.

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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
Anderson University Independent Anderson
Butler University Independent Indianapolis
Franklin College Independent Franklin
Marian College Independent Indianapolis
Martin University 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
Indianapolis 882,039 42.5% Marion
Fishers 101,171 4.9% Hamilton
Carmel 100,777 4.9% Hamilton
Noblesville 70,926 3.4% Hamilton
Greenwood 64,918 3.1% Johnson
Anderson 54,817 2.6% Madison
Westfield 50,630 2.4% Hamilton
Lawrence 49,357 2.4% Marion
Plainfield 35,592 1.7% Hendricks
Zionsville 31,702 1.5% Boone

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annnual population estimates

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Helpful Regional Tools and Resources

EGR 5 IN Depth Regional Profile

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):

County Highlights

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Regional Labor Mix

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Labor Force Projections

These are the official labor force projections to 2050 released in September 2018 by the Indiana Business Research Center.


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Regional Links

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