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Somali Population in Franklin Co. Estimated at 15k

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The second edition of Community Research Partners’ Data Bytes estimates the number of Somalis in Franklin County. CRP Data Bytes provide a snapshot of a topic of importance to our region and state today. Data Byte topics cover a wide range of social, economic, and community issues. CRP’s first Data Byte, on the topic of downtown Columbus demographics, drew a tremendous response on Columbus Underground and elsewhere.

With continued civil strife in Somalia, dating back to 1991, the number of Somali refugees in the U.S. has grown over time. Columbus is host to the second-largest Somali community in the U.S., behind Minneapolis. While there is a need to better understand this community, estimates for Franklin County range widely, from less than 10,000 according to Census data to over 30,000 or 40,000 according to some local Somali organizations. Using local administrative data such as birth certificates and student records, we have determined that the county’s Somali population is approximately 15,000.

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