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.
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Top 10 Occupation Groups by Growth
(2021-2031 long-term projections)
- Computer and mathematical occupations
- Healthcare support occupations
- Personal care and service occupations
- Community and social services occupations
- Legal occupations
- Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations
- Food preparation and serving related occupations
- Life, physical, and social science occupations
- Education, training, and library occupations
- Transportation and material moving occupations
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Top 10 Industry Sectors
(Based on 2022 annual average employment)
- Health Care and Social Services
- Retail Trade
- Educational Services
- Accommodation and Food Services
- Public Administration
- Admin, Support, Waste Management
- Transportation & Warehousing
- Other Services (Except Public Administration)
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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.
- Geo Group–New Castle
- Youth Opportunity Center Inc.
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Note: The list of regional employers on this page was updated July 2022 to include local insights.
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|
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|
Source: U.S. Census Bureau annnual population estimates
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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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