The 1920 census was the first to show that the majority of Americans lived in cities and towns. It marked a major turning point with ramifications in culture, politics, the economy and nearly every other aspect of American life. It’s interesting to compare Indiana in 1920, when the population was evenly split between urban and rural, to where demographers predict we’ll be in 2020, when nearly 78 percent of Hoosiers will live in areas defined as “urban” by the U.S. Census Bureau.
In 2019 and 2020, Indiana Humanities’ INseparable initiative invites Hoosiers to explore the ways we relate to each other across boundaries, like “urban” and “rural,” and to consider what it will take to indeed be inseparable, in all the ways that matter. This free poster has two sides and is packed with demographic data and maps to spark conversations about who we were and who we are becoming. Every school and library in the state will receive a copy as part of the kickoff to INseparable, and additional copies are available free by request as long as supplies last.