With the new 2010 Census numbers being released, it’s a good time to look back at the historical figures for Madison’s population. The following chart was created with numbers from the US Census Bureau and compiled by Wikipedia. Scroll down to see the detailed breakdown of these figures.
Historical Census Data for Madison, Indiana
There is a great deal of history behind these numbers. Madison has seen boom and bust over the years. The most dramatic period of decline marked the rise of the railroads. Recent history shows a slight downgrade in population, but the stability is welcome when compared to other times in Madison’s history.
There are a few key dates to keep in mind, particularly with big jumps & declines.
- In 1952, the North Madison “hilltop” was annexed to city of Madison. This is reflected in the 1960 Census jump.
- In 1984, the Marble Hill Nuclear Plant project was abandoned after six years of construction. Many residents see this as a major blow to the local economy.
For more history of Madison, click here to visit the Jefferson County Historical Society.