Theme: Population Decline - NEOSCC Conditions & Trends

Northeast Ohio has built out into the region even as its population has slightly declined

Finding: 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.

Finding: Northeast Ohio’s population has been spreading out.

Population has grown in some areas that had been less populated and has decreased in many urban areas that had been more populated.

Finding: Land-cover data suggests that approximately 4-5% more acreage in Northeast Ohio was converted from “undeveloped” to “developed” between 1979 and 2006.

Finding: Economic development incentives have often been used to assist companies that moved out of the central cities.

Generally, use of these incentives involves the consideration of only the location-specific project impact.