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Ohio's population holds steady while NE Ohio moves around
Census shows people continue to move to the suburbs, without refilling the urban core
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE
and GRACE MURRAY


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M.L. Schultze
 
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The latest numbers from the U.S. Census show Ohio’s population continues to hold steady, though the people continue to shift within the Northeast Ohio region. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on what the latest numbers show.

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Some 11.5 million people live in Ohio, according to the 2012 Census numbers, and that hasn’t changed much over the last two years. Neither have the patterns of who is living where.

African-Americans in Ohio continue to be concentrated overwhelmingly in a handful of counties, led by Cuyahoga. And much of the Northeastern part of the state saw a population drop, albeit a slight one.

Exceptions include Medina, Geauga and Stark. And Mark Salling, a demographer at Cleveland State University, says their gain often came at the expense of adjacent counties – especially Cuyahoga.

“It’s a chain reaction. When you  build … housing developments in the outer fringes of a metropolitan area, you end up draining population from the center. The only question is whether or not you’re replacing that population, those households, those families in the center, which we used to be able to do when we were attracting migration from the rural South or from Europe, etc.”

The answer to that question these days, Salling says, is “no.”

Harder hit even than Cuyahoga were areas along the eastern border, including Youngstown and Steubenville. And the population boom projected for the parts of Ohio’s Applachian region-- linked to oil and gas drilling -- are not showing up in the numbers yet.

COUNTY Total 2012 % change 2010 % change 2011 % White
Adams County, Ohio 28350 -0.70% -0.52% 97.62%
Allen County, Ohio 105,141 -1.12% -0.57% 84.20%
Ashland County, Ohio 52,962 -0.33% -0.24% 97.36%
Ashtabula County, Ohio 100,389 -1.09% -0.69% 93.47%
Athens County, Ohio 64,304 -0.70% -0.59% 91.89%
Auglaize County, Ohio 45,831 -0.26% 0.16% 97.92%
Belmont County, Ohio 69,671 -1.04% -0.60% 94.00%
Brown County, Ohio 44,381 -1.04% -0.66% 97.51%
Butler County, Ohio 370,589 0.67% 0.18% 87.18%
Carroll County, Ohio 28,587 -0.86% -0.86% 97.77%
Champaign County, Ohio 39,565 -1.33% -0.62% 94.98%
Clark County, Ohio 137,206 -0.81% -0.41% 87.42%
Clermont County, Ohio 199,085 0.87% 0.31% 96.04%
Clinton County, Ohio 41,886 -0.37% -0.16% 95.01%
Columbiana County, Ohio 106,507 -1.24% -0.69% 95.79%
Coshocton County, Ohio 36,779 -0.33% -0.31% 97.24%
Crawford County, Ohio 42,849 -2.14% -1.03% 97.33%
Cuyahoga County, Ohio 1,265,111 -1.17% -0.38% 64.82%
Darke County, Ohio 52,507 -0.85% -0.30% 97.93%
Defiance County, Ohio 38,677 -0.92% -0.53% 95.77%
Delaware County, Ohio 181,061 3.93% 1.37% 89.81%
Erie County, Ohio 76,398 -0.88% -0.34% 87.63%
Fairfield County, Ohio 147,474 0.90% 0.08% 90.19%
Fayette County, Ohio 28,880 -0.52% -0.14% 95.12%
Franklin County, Ohio 1,195,537 2.76% 1.38% 70.72%
Fulton County, Ohio 42,513 -0.43% 0.04% 97.50%
Gallia County, Ohio 30,708 -0.73% -0.47% 94.92%
Geauga County, Ohio 93,680 0.31% 0.39% 97.09%
Greene County, Ohio 163,587 1.25% 0.19% 86.38%
Guernsey County, Ohio 39,817 -0.67% -0.06% 96.05%
Hamilton County, Ohio 802,038 -0.04% 0.17% 69.47%
Hancock County, Ohio 75,671 1.19% 0.75% 94.82%
Hardin County, Ohio 31,627 -1.34% -0.65% 96.92%
Harrison County, Ohio 15,714 -0.95% -0.56% 95.87%
Henry County, Ohio 28,045 -0.60% -0.66% 97.69%
Highland County, Ohio 42,998 -1.36% -0.95% 96.55%
Hocking County, Ohio 29,273 -0.36% -0.41% 97.50%
Holmes County, Ohio 43,025 1.56% 0.70% 98.80%
Huron County, Ohio 59,280 -0.58% -0.18% 96.60%
Jackson County, Ohio 32,954 -0.82% -0.64% 97.17%
Jefferson County, Ohio 68,389 -1.89% -0.76% 92.05%
Knox County, Ohio 60,705 -0.35% -0.88% 96.98%
Lake County, Ohio 229,582 -0.20% -0.13% 93.54%
Lawrence County, Ohio 62,109 -0.55% -0.44% 95.82%
Licking County, Ohio 167,537 0.63% 0.21% 93.36%
Logan County, Ohio 45,474 -0.84% -0.36% 95.37%
Lorain County, Ohio 301,478 0.04% -0.11% 87.10%
Lucas County, Ohio 437,998 -0.86% -0.44% 75.71%
Madison County, Ohio 43,053 -0.88% -0.06% 91.00%
Mahoning County, Ohio 235,145 -1.54% -0.64% 81.00%
Marion County, Ohio 66,238 -0.40% -0.45% 91.33%
Medina County, Ohio 173,684 0.78% 0.16% 96.26%
Meigs County, Ohio 23,593 -0.74% -0.42% 97.53%
Mercer County, Ohio 40,875 0.15% 0.19% 97.80%
Miami County, Ohio 103,060 0.54% 0.23% 94.65%
Monroe County, Ohio 14,549 -0.64% -0.97% 98.05%
Montgomery County, Ohio 534,325 -0.15% -0.12% 74.42%
Morgan County, Ohio 14,911 -0.95% -1.03% 93.35%
Morrow County, Ohio 34,938 0.32% 0.04% 97.66%
Muskingum County, Ohio 85,950 -0.14% -0.26% 92.98%
Noble County, Ohio 14,579 -0.45% -0.80% 96.00%
Ottawa County, Ohio 41,339 -0.21% -0.23% 97.27%
Paulding County, Ohio 19,295 -1.63% -0.55% 96.89%
Perry County, Ohio 36,015 -0.12% -0.54% 97.80%
Pickaway County, Ohio 56,399 1.26% 0.60% 94.41%
Pike County, Ohio 28,480 -0.80% -0.48% 96.53%
Portage County, Ohio 161,451 0.02% -0.11% 92.18%
Preble County, Ohio 41,886 -0.91% -0.32% 97.54%
Putnam County, Ohio 34,198 -0.87% -0.44% 98.31%
Richland County, Ohio 122,673 -1.45% -0.37% 87.84%
Ross County, Ohio 77,429 -0.81% -0.28% 91.14%
Sandusky County, Ohio 60,510 -0.71% -0.16% 94.16%
Scioto County, Ohio 78,477 -1.29% -0.95% 94.65%
Seneca County, Ohio 56,018 -1.28% -0.68% 94.92%
Shelby County, Ohio 49,167 -0.52% -0.25% 94.95%
Stark County, Ohio 374,868 -0.19% 0.14% 88.98%
Summit County, Ohio 540,811 -0.18% -0.08% 80.57%
Trumbull County, Ohio 207,406 -1.38% -0.70% 89.12%
Tuscarawas County, Ohio 92,392 -0.21% -0.10% 97.05%
Union County, Ohio 52,715 0.79% -0.61% 93.06%
Van Wert County, Ohio 28,744 0.00% 0.15% 97.31%
Vinton County, Ohio 13,239 -1.46% -1.16% 97.79%
Warren County, Ohio 217,241 2.14% 0.88% 90.60%
Washington County, Ohio 61,475 -0.49% -0.15% 96.47%
Wayne County, Ohio 114,848 0.29% 0.13% 96.01%
Williams County, Ohio 37,513 -0.34% -0.23% 97.06%
Wood County, Ohio 128,200 2.16% 1.02% 93.87%
Wyandot County, Ohio 22,607 -0.04% -0.19% 97.77%
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