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Columbus Surpasses 850,000 Residents in New Census Estimates

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The United States Census Bureau released its annual city and town population estimates yesterday, which calculates year-over-year growth for US cities between July 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015. During that timeframe, the City of Columbus (not counting its suburbs) grew by 12,175 residents — a rate of 1.5 percent — to an estimated total of 850,106 people. The Census Bureau released regional data back in March that revealed that the metro area (including suburbs) has now surpassed a total population of two million people for the first time.

Most of the fastest growing cities in the US are located in Texas and California, with some smaller cities seeing five to seven percent growth in a single year. Some of the fastest growing large cities include Orlando with three percent growth, Denver with 2.8 percent, Tampa with 2.5 percent, Fort Worth with 2.4 percent, and Raleigh with 2.4 percent.

While Columbus maintains its position as the 15th large city in the United States, it is likely to surpass Indianapolis in 2016 if similar rates of growth are maintained.  Indianapolis is home to 853,173 people as of July 1, 2015, having only added 4,121 people at a growth rate of a 0.5 percent.

Unfortunately, most of the rest of Ohio’s major cities saw declines in population in the new estimates. Dayton’s population declined by 0.2 percent, Akron and Toledo both declined by 0.3 percent, Cleveland declined by 0.5 percent, and Youngstown declined by 0.7 percent. Cincinnati was the only other Ohio city with a population over 50,000 to grow, but only at rate of 0.2 percent — an addition of 509 residents.

Of course, all data comes from Census Bureau estimates. The next official census will take place in 2020 and will account for annual estimation errors.

For more information, visit www.census.gov.

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