Theme: Population Decline
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
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
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.