Historical Background & Critical Points Timeline
Rushville: Re-Imagine, Re-Invest, Re-Discover, a Stellar Rushville
Rushville's population grew by a mere 1.3% from 1980 till 2015, a change less dramatic than the population loss of Rush County as a whole (-13.3%), and substantially less of an increase than the state of Indiana (+20.6%) in the same timeframe.
Poverty rates in Rushville have more than doubled (+116.5%) over the last three and a half decades, much more than the poverty rates within the county (+63%) and state (+59.8%).
Unlike the entire state of Indiana which experienced a subtle increase, median household income in Rushville has fallen by 17.3% since 1980, more than the drop within Rush County (-7.6%).
Rushville: Socioeconomic Characteristics of Decline
Source: 1970 Census of Population, PC(1)-C1 "General Social and Economic Characteristics", table 182. 1980 Census of Population, PC80-1-C1 "General Social and Economic Characteristics", table 245.U.S. Census Bureau, Census 1980 Summary Files 1 and 3. U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey Table DP03. U.S. Census Bureau: State and County QuickFacts, 2016. Data derived from Population Estimates, American Community Survey, Census of Population and Housing, State and County Housing Unit Estimates, County Business Patterns, Nonemployer Statistics, Economic Census, Survey of Business Owners, Building Permits. STATS Indiana, using data from Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau. Minnesota Population Center. National Historical Geographic Information System: Version 2.0. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota 2011.
a. Poverty figures for 2014 were the most recent data estimations from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, 2010-2014 Table DP03 estimations provided for the specific geographic area.
b. The Median Household dollar amounts reported for 1980 are values that have been converted to constant 2014 dollars according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index Inflation Calculator, available at www.bls.gov/data/inflation_calculator.htm.
The majority of structures in Rushville, approximately 40%, were constructed predating 1939. With an aged housing stock, new construction has also been lacking since the economic recession and hasn't yet returned to pre-recession rates.