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Despite Pandemic, Columbus MSA on Track to Reach Population of 3 Million by 2050

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Many Americans have been on the move in 2020, and many have attributed their relocations to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic. According to a Pew Research study conducted in June, approximately 22% of Americans either relocated or knew someone who relocated due specifically to COVID-19.

Locally, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) conducted their own research to find that their original projections for Central Ohio grow to a population of 3 million residents by the year 2050 appear to still be on track.

“Central Ohio continues to grow quickly. To plan effectively, it’s important to understand how our region’s population is growing and changing so we can prepare local communities, partners and businesses” stated MORPC Executive Director William Murdock. “This growth only increases the urgency to plan for and invest in more housing and transportation options.”

In 2010, the 15-county Central Ohio region was home to 2.2 million residents, which means that an average of 20,000 new residents will call the region home every year for the next several decades.

The MORPC Insight2050 initiative provides data and resources for regional leaders to advocate for smart growth strategies that can provide proper infrastructure for the growing region. That includes housing development, transportation networks, sustainable utilities and a whole lot more.

For more information, visit www.morpc.org/program-service/insight2050/.

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