Carmel expects $1.7M in extra revenue as result of special census


The results of a partial special census show that Carmel has added 7,755 residents since 2010, bringing its 2017 population to 86,946. The population during the 2010 census was 79,191.

The census also showed that housing units have risen from 30,738 in 2010 to 32,836 in 2017.

Cities receive many tax revenues based on population, so Carmel wanted updated numbers to be eligible for funds that would not have otherwise been available until the 2020 census. The City of Carmel is expecting to receive an additional $1.7 million over the next five years because of the population increase, which takes into account the $388,911 it cost to conduct the census.

“We work very hard on financial planning to ensure local taxpayers get the most from their tax dollars and conducting this special census will pay off for the City,” Mayor Jim Brainard said. “Clearly, our efforts to build a great city to live, work and play are paying off by attracting more people to Carmel.”

The census was conducted in areas that have seen a lot of new construction in recent years. The city’s actual population growth is likely higher, but the city decided only to conduct a partial census to save money.

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