By Fred Warner
During the first decade of the new millennium, Aboite Township’s population grew to nearly 36,000 people, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The number of residents grew 26 percent from 28,338 in 2000 to 35,765 in 2010. The total number of housing units—homes and apartments—reached 14,398 in 2010.
If Aboite Township were an Indiana city, it would rank number 24—larger than Valparaiso, Merrillville, or Marion, twice the population of Huntington, and about 3 times the size of Auburn. More people reside in Aboite Township than in neighboring Whitley County. Growing from a population of about 12,000 people in 1980, the township has tripled in size during the last 30 years.
Population growth of 26 percent during the past decade is impressive, but as the township grows larger, its growth rate has begun to slow. In each of the two prior decades, population growth exceeded 50 percent per decade (see chart). Between 2000 and 2010 the increase of population slowed to 7,427, compared to growth of 9,848 people in the 1990s.
Aboite Township showed remarkable population growth in the second half of the 20th century, and growth continues today, particularly in the township’s northwest quadrant.
The three townships west of Fort Wayne—Lake, Aboite, and Lafayette—each maintained a relatively constant population of about 1,000 people during the first half of the last century. While Aboite Township expanded rapidly after 1950, Lake Township and Lafayette Township have seen only modest growth over this period, remaining predominantly rural.
This article appeared in Aboite Life, June 2013 issue