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Harrison County scores vary on BSU report

Ball State University students created a quality-of-life report for each county in the state of Indiana, and Harrison County scored well in the Government Impact and Economy category, but not so hot in the Arts, Entertainment and Recreation sector.
Researchers at the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State have updated the Community Asset Inventory and Rankings to assess the economic conditions within each Indiana county. The original report was created in 2012.
The website ‘ ‘ offers a detailed look at the factors that affect the reputation of Indiana’s communities, both large and small. The purpose of this project is to provide policy makers and residents in Indiana’s counties with an objective, data-focused assessment of the factors that influence the quality of life and the economic conditions within each county.
Visitors can view the methodology and FAQs for more information.
Harrison County scores poorly in Arts, Entertainment and Recreation, with an F, but it did increase its point total from 33.25 in 2012 to 44.25 in 2018.
Harrison Countians can be proud of its Government Impact and Economy, with an A score, and an increased point total of 91.5 compared to 84 (also an A) in 2012.
The biggest jump was in the Human Capital: Education category, which went from 62.5 (C grade) in 2012 to 84 (an A) in 2018.
Other categories scored by Harrison County include Human Capital: Health, which rose to a C letter grade (57.33) from a C- (50.33); and People, which dropped slightly from a B+ (70.8) to a B (69.6).
The People category considers the conditions of those within a community. Factors include population growth, poverty rate, unemployment rate, private foundations revenue per capita and other non-profit revenue per capita.
Harrison has the highest score in the People category compared to surrounding counties: Floyd (64.6), Washington (39.6) and Crawford (21.6).
The study also examines home values with a housing value barometer. Harrison County finds itself in the color green, which represents a growing scenario where the home prices are above state average and growing above state average for the last eight years.
Neighboring counties fall in the recovering scenario, where the growth in home prices is higher than the state average despite recent home values being lower than the state.
Sources for the complete study include the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Dept. of Commerce 2008, U.S. Census Bureau 2000, 2009, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Labor 2010 and National Center for Charitable Statistics 2011.