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Northeast Ohio’s population peaked in 1970 and in the decades since has fluctuated up and down. By 2010, Northeast Ohio’s population was 7% smaller than it was in 1970.

Northeast Ohio’s population also now takes up more space; population has grown in some areas that had been relatively vacant and has decreased in many urban areas that had been denser.

Percentage Change in Northeast Ohio and U.S. Populations

Percentage Change in Population, 1950-2010, US Census Bureau Data

In the 1950s, Northeast Ohio’s population grew faster than the U .S. average. Since the 1960s , Northeast Ohio’s population growth lagged the national average and its population actually declined during 3 of the last 4 decades.

Population Change in Northeast Ohio’s Central Cities

Northeast Ohio Change in Population 2000-2010

From 2000-2010, population dramatically declined within the central cities of each of the region’s housing markets, except for Wooster, Massillon and Ashtabula.

Pockets of out-migration are evident in various suburbs and exurbs.

Northeast Ohio’s Counties Ranked by Population, Actual and Projected, 1960-2060

County Population Rank, Actual and Projected, 1960-2060, US Census Bureau Data

1 response to Northeast Ohio’s population peaked in 1970 and in the decades since has fluctuated up and down. By 2010, Northeast Ohio’s population was 7% smaller than it was in 1970.

  1. The 2010 Census reflects the middle of the national and regional economic downturn. If it is possible to quantify how many people moved out during that time it would be useful. What would be even more useful would be to keep a close eye on current development and changes in employment – in several communities where development had ground to a halt between 2008 and 2012, the development is taking off rapidly again. Perhaps the population trends (current, projected) could show a range of growth instead of a single projected value (similar to the climate change models).

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