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Census Shows Same-Sex, Unmarried Couples Leading More Indiana Households

So-called traditional marriage has declined in Indiana, according to the 2010 Census.

The survey shows a 61 percent increase in the number of households led by same-sex couples since 2000. There are now more than 16,000 LGBT couples living together and about one fourth of them are raising children.

There was also a large gain in the number of unmarried couples living together. Nearly 175,000 Indiana households are led by unmarried straight couples, marking a 38 percent increase.

The census also shows 1.2 million husband-and-wife households in Indiana. That’s a drop of about 10,000 in the last decade.

A researcher with Indiana University says it’s unclear whether the rise in same-sex couples living together is due to an actual increase or an increased willingness of those couples to report their relationship status.

Additional information from the Associated Press

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Mapping the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

The first HIV diagnosis was made 30 years ago. Since then, it’s spread to epidemic proportions in the United States.

As Fast Company writes, “it’s probably more prevalent in your neighborhood than you think.” To prove that point, the company profiles the creators of AIDSvu, an interactive map that shows a county-by-county breakdown of adults and adolescents with an HIV diagnosis. You can look at the map here.

The heaviest concentrations of patients are in the east coast and the south, and the map shows how HIV affects urban and rural areas differently. In Kentucky, Jefferson County has the highest concentration, but the surrounding counties follow close behind. While Fayette County has a lower proportion of diagnoses than Jefferson, the counties between the two most populous in the state have higher concentrations of affected residents than the rural areas further south. Higher concentrations can also be seen in lower-income rural areas.

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Competitive City Report Shows Some Success, Room For Growth

by Gabe Bullard

A new report says Louisville faces several challenges in attracting 21st Century Jobs.

The Greater Louisville Project’s Competitive City Report will be released today. It ranks Louisville among peer cities such as Nashville, Indianapolis and Raleigh. In areas such as education attainment, median income and safety, Louisville ranks near the middle. Project director Carolyn Gatz says those areas and others need to be improved to make the city more competitive at attracting new business and jobs.

“Some things like shoring up the older housing stock and revitalizing neighborhoods that have been hollowed out, environmental challenges, we all know we have those, particularly air quality,” she says.

Gatz says all of those factors contribute to the city’s livability, which is becoming an increasingly important factor in attracting high-tech industries.

“What are the qualities of a city where people will come and live here who really could’ve lived anywhere—they could’ve put their business anywhere?” she says. “They are the highly-skilled knowledge workers every city is competing for.”

Another important factor is education. About 30 percent of working-age Louisvillians have bachelor’s or higher degrees, and Gatz says that needs to improve.

“The economic development people say you have to be able to tell an employer, yes, we have an educated workforce, before they’ll even consider coming to your community,” she says.

Education leaders recently came together to work on improving Louisville’s college graduation rate. The leader among peer cities for working-age degree holders is Raleigh, with 49 percent.