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EGR 6 consists of Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Henry, Jay, Randolph, Rush, Union and Wayne counties.

Economic Growth Region 6 Analysis

Region 6 is in east-central Indiana, nestled between Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Cincinnati, Ohio.

At the core of the region is Muncie, affectionately known as Middletown, USA, because of its inclusion in a landmark study in the 1920s in which a husband-and-wife duo of sociologists examined a “typical” small American city. Anchoring the southern part of EGR 6 is historic Richmond. Sitting on I-70, Richmond is considered one of the gateways to Indiana.

The region has large health care and manufacturing sectors, with IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie and food manufacturing firms throughout the region. New Castle is home to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and the largest high school gym in the country, New Castle Fieldhouse. EGR 6 has one of the four American towns that cross two states, Union City, located in Randolph County on the Indiana-Ohio border.

The region’s educational institutions include Ball State, Indiana University East, Ivy Tech and Earlham College. Its largest employers include Ball State, Reid Health, and Draper, Inc.

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330,700 Population (EGR 6)
3.7 Unemployment Rate (EGR 6)
$15.9 billion Personal Income (EGR 6)
$25.15 Average Wage (Muncie MSA)
$19.43 Median Wage (Muncie MSA)
50,400 Nonfarm Employment (Muncie MSA)
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Top 10 Occupation Groups by Growth
(2021-2031 long-term projections)

  1. Computer and mathematical occupations
  2. Healthcare support occupations
  3. Personal care and service occupations
  4. Community and social services occupations
  5. Legal occupations
  6. Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations
  7. Food preparation and serving related occupations
  8. Life, physical, and social science occupations
  9. Education, training, and library occupations
  10. Transportation and material moving occupations

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

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Top 10 Industry Sectors
(Based on 2023 annual average employment)

  1. Manufacturing
  2. Health Care and Social Services
  3. Retail Trade
  4. Educational Services
  5. Accommodation and Food Services
  6. Public Administration
  7. Construction
  8. Admin, Support, Waste Management
  9. Transportation & Warehousing
  10. Other Services (Except Public Administration)

Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

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Major Employers (Based on number of employees)

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  • Ball State University
  • Reid Health
  • Reid Home
  • Lifeline Personal Response
  • Draper Inc.
  • Henry Community Health
  • FCC Indiana Inc.
  • Premium Enterprises Inc.
  • New Castle Correctional Facility
  • Tyson Foods - Mexican Original

About the data

Note: The list of regional employers on this page was updated October 2023 to include local insights.

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Major Educational Institutions

Ball State University Four-year Muncie
Indiana University East Four-year Richmond
Ivy Tech - Muncie Two-year Muncie
Ivy Tech - Richmond Two-year Richmond
Bethany Theological Seminary Independent Richmond
Earlham College Independent Richmond

Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education

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Largest Cities and Towns in Economic Growth Region 6

Name Population in 2022 Percent of region County
Muncie 65,076 19.7% Delaware
Richmond 35,513 10.7% Wayne
New Castle 17,345 5.2% Henry
Connersville 13,292 4.0% Fayette
Yorktown 11,689 3.5% Delaware
Portland 6,234 1.9% Jay
Rushville 6,135 1.9% Rush
Hartford City 5,986 1.8% Blackford
Winchester 4,827 1.5% Randolph
Union City 3,452 1.0% Randolph

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annnual population estimates

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The Wayne County Courthouse, Richmond, Indiana

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EGR 6 IN Depth Regional Profile

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County Highlights

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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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