Elizabethtown Metro Area Shows Strong Population Growth

MSA Outperformed all Kentucky MSAs Since 2010 Census

Elizabethtown, Kentucky (April 6, 2012) – Hardin County United (HCU) today announced that the Elizabethtown Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) outperformed all Kentucky MSAs in population growth in terms of the percentage change in population. The Elizabethtown MSA includes both Hardin and LaRue counties.

According to estimates provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Elizabethtown MSA grew by 2,029 people between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2011. This represents a growth rate of 1.7%, which outperformed all other Kentucky MSAs (the Lexington MSA had the next highest rate of growth: 1.5%, followed by Clarksville/Hopkinsville at 1.4%; the Louisville MSA grew by 0.9%).

In another important ranking, the Elizabethtown MSA (out of 366 metros in the U.S.) ranked 63rd in its percentage change in population, again outperforming all other Kentucky MSAs (Lexington followed by ranking 85th, followed by Clarksville/Hopkinsville at 102nd; the Louisville MSA ranked 169th in percentage of change in population). The Elizabethtown MSA also moved up in its overall population ranking (out of 366 metros) from 314th to 313th largest metro.

Commenting on the strong growth figures, Hardin County United Chairman Harry L. Berry stated, “It is important to note that most of this growth occurred after the “big inhale/exhale” of base realignment at Fort Knox. In other words, this new growth, while indirectly impacted by Fort Knox, is not the direct result of increases to Fort Knox personnel related to BRAC.”

“Hardin County is indeed the beneficiary of the recent BRAC growth on Post…the question now becomes, how do we sustain this growth,” said Berry

This announcement follows on the heels of last year’s announcement that the Elizabethtown MSA led all 366 MSAs in personal income growth in 2010, after moving up from fourth place nationally in 2009. The Elizabethtown MSA also led the nation in growth in GDP in 2010.

Echoing the comments of Judge Berry, Luke B. Schmidt, consultant to HCU stated, “This is terrific news. The Elizabethtown MSA is leading the nation in several key indicators. People want to come here to take advantage of the opportunities that are present in the marketplace. It now becomes even more important for the community’s leaders to stay focused on maintaining and building on this growth. Unified government can provide a key opportunity for the community to come together, leverage its size and strengths to grow even more and create more new jobs,” said Schmidt.

A chart which illustrates the population growth figures for all Kentucky MSAs accompanies this press release. Additional information on HCU and its ongoing unified government initiative can be found by visiting the organization’s Web site: www.hardincountyunited.com.

Hardin County United (HCU) was established for the purpose of examining the various strategic goals which were established by the Hardin County Vision Project in 2010. The intent of HCU is to prioritize the goals and to develop implementation strategies. HCU’s leadership team includes Hardin County Judge/Executive Harry Berry who chairs the Steering Committee; Hardin County Chamber of Commerce President Brad Richardson, who chairs the Community Development Subcommittee; North Central Education Foundation President/CEO Al Rider, who chairs the Education Subcommittee; and Hardin Circuit Court Judge Ken Howard who chairs the Governance Subcommittee. Luke Schmidt, President of L.B. Schmidt & Associates, LLC, provides management and consulting services to HCU.

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