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Census: Columbus Ranked 13th Fastest Growing US City

Walker Evans Walker Evans Census: Columbus Ranked 13th Fastest Growing US CityHigh Street in Downtown Columbus — Photo by Walker Evans.
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Columbus is growing. Quickly.

The US Census Bureau released initial estimates for the period running between July 2013 and July 2014 earlier this year, which showed the Columbus Metropolitan Area gaining 25,504 people and Franklin County gaining 17,559 people. Updated numbers released today for that same time period show the City of Columbus proper gaining 12,421 people, making it the 13th fastest growing city in the US.

The designation is unique, as all other cities in the Top 15 are located either in the South or West parts of the country, mostly in Texas and California. Columbus is the lone Midwestern city in the list, and New York City (which gained 52,700 people) is the only Northeastern city in the list.

NPR’s Morning Edition reported on the new numbers this morning, and spoke with Columbus Development Director Steve Schoeny on the topic, who credits the growth with a healthy job market and a large college graduate population that has the ability to enter the workforce quickly rather than relocating elsewhere for work opportunities.

For ongoing updates on the demographics of the Columbus Region, CLICK HERE.

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