Columbus’ population up, a rarity in Ohio
Thursday, March 27, 2008
BY MARK FERENCHIK
The Columbus and Cincinnati metro areas are gaining people, but the rest of the state’s urban areas continue to shed population as Ohio’s economic struggles persist.
Only 60 of the nation’s 363 metropolitan areas lost population between July 1, 2006, and July 1, 2007, according to U.S. Census estimates released today. But of those, 11 were in Ohio.
Ohio’s trend is a familiar one: The Columbus area continues to grow a bit while most Ohio metropolitan areas lose people as jobs disappear or people move away for better opportunities or balmier climates.
The Columbus metropolitan statistical area includes Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, Madison, Morrow, Pickaway and Union counties. Metropolitan areas are generally cities and their suburbs.