Cities across the country and world compete each day to gain and retain businesses, grow jobs, and keep individuals and families invested in their respective communities.

Here in Fort Wayne, a collective commitment to engagement, innovation, and performance has positioned our community for current and future success.

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Fort Wayne’s growth and momentum are evident each day. Mayor Tom Henry regularly refers to Fort Wayne as a city like no other. Several recent examples highlight how our community is moving in the right direction with an abundance of positivity and excitement.

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The children at Lakeside Park watched from the monkey bars as a giant Connect Four game, colorful hula hoops and decorations was removed from the van. Young staff dressed in flower lei necklaces and grass skirts started some music and invited the kids to play. The oldest girl said “we don’t have any money.” A staffer replied, that’s okay, it’s free! All of the children jumped down and ran over to see the Park & Play activities. Soon those hula hoops were put to use amid smiles and laughter.


According to the 2022 population estimates released today by the United States Census Bureau, the city of Fort Wayne, as measured by population within the city limits, is America’s 83rd largest city with a population of 267,927. The annual growth of what remains Indiana’s second largest city was 1,555 people and a 0.6% increase from 2021. Fort Wayne moved up a spot in the largest-city rankings from 84th place in 2021.