Theme: Assets & Resources - NEOSCC Conditions & Trends

Northeast Ohio has significant regional assets and resources.

Finding: Northeast Ohio is Home to Natural and Built Assets that have Significant Regional and Local Impact.

Northeast Ohio Land Use Map Prevalence of Certain Types of Land Uses Agricultural use is the largest land designation in the region: 49% of the region’s land is classified as “agricultural” for real estate tax purposes. Residential development is the second largest land use in the region, with over 26% of the region’s land area [...]

Finding: While the effects of flooding vary significantly across the region, data suggests that it remains a persistent and costly problem in Northeast Ohio.

Finding: Forest land acreage in Northeast Ohio has increased, but the number of rare species sighted in Northeast Ohio has decreased. While more forest land acres is positive for the region, most of the increase is due to abandonment of former farmland, leading to fragmented or “patchy” young forests that may not be able to support a wide range of species.

Finding: Northeast Ohio has substantial road, rail and port infrastructure supporting freight transportation that is crucial to Northeast Ohio’s economy.

These infrastructure assets have the capacity to play an even greater role in supporting the region’s economy.

Finding: The Northeast Ohio Ambient Groundwater Quality Assessment shows the highest contamination threats from arsenic, a primary contaminant, and secondary contaminants iron, manganese, sulfate, and total dissolved solids. Secondary contaminants pose no threat to human health.

Finding: Over the last 50 years, the number of Northeast Ohio farms and their total acreage has declined.

During the same period, the average size of Northeast Ohio farms has increased. Recently, however, the decline in overall farmland acreage has stabilized and shows a significant shift from mid-size to smaller farms. Northeast Ohio has also experienced a recent uptick in the number of farms and a decrease in average farm size, reversing trends of previous decades which saw the number of farms decline and the average farm size increase.

Finding: Most of the Region’s Population Lives within a Mile of Parks and Protected Spaces.