Columbus Metro Population Growth Continues
The US Census Bureau’s latest population estimates show that the Columbus metropolitan area is continuing its steady growth.
The population in the region – which the Census defines as Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Hocking, Licking, Madison, Morrow, Perry, Pickaway, and Union counties – increased to 2.12 million people in 2019. That amounts to an increase of 18,707 residents, or 0.9%, from 2018.
Franklin County’s population increased by 9,058 from 2018 to 2019 (a rate of 0.7%).
The new estimates point to a continuation of long term trends in the region and serve to bolster the argument that local planners and officials have been making for some time – that Central Ohio could top three million people by 2050, and that a strategy for dealing with that growth has never been more needed.
The new estimates also showed that the Cincinnati metropolitan area population increased from 2018 to 2019, while the Cleveland region saw another year of population decline.
A previous data release showed that Ohio’s slow rate of population growth has continued.
Census 2020 – the bureau’s count of everyone in the country which happens every ten years – is underway now and will determine how billions of dollars in federal funding is distributed.
For more information on the latest annual estimates, see census.gov.