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While the populations of nearby counties continue to climb, the 2010 U.S. Census results show only a slight population increase for Owen County.
According to the recently released 2010 census data, Owen County has a total population of 10,841 — a 2.79-percent increase — up only 294 from 2000.
Carroll, Grant, Gallatin, Franklin and Scott counties each had a higher population increase than Owen County.
Scott County had the highest, with a 42.68-percent population increase.
Henry County had a 2.36-percent increase.
Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said she thinks people are not moving to Owen County because there are not many employment opportunities.
“I think our lack of growth is due largely to a lack of nearby jobs,” Keith said. “I know of several people who would like to move to the county, but because of the increase in gasoline prices and the lack of jobs within the area, they just can’t afford to come here.”