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UPDATED: Medina County ranks highest in Northeast Ohio for population growth


EDITOR’S NOTE: This story originally included incorrect figures from the latest U.S. Census report. The corrected information appears here.

The rapid growth might have tapered off, but Medina County is still the fastest growing county in Northeast Ohio.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s population estimates released today, the county had an estimated 179,146 people as of July 1, 2018, which is an increase of 6,813 people from April 1, 2010. That’s a 4 percent jump, which is the 11th highest increase in the state.

Contributing to that growth is a birth rate that continues to outpace the death rate. According to figures, there were 14,581 births during that period compared with 11,745 deaths, a difference of 2,836 people.

A total of 4,140 people migrated to Medina County, including 605 from other countries.

The increase in population is no surprise to Rob Henwood, director of the Medina County Planning Services Department.

“Medina County is a great place to live,” he said.

The trend has been for people to move the area for many years.

Medina County had 40,147 people in 1950. That jumped to 179,146 in 2018, making it the 16th most populous county in the state.

Still its total ranks behind Cuyahoga County (1,243,857), Summit (541,918), Lorain (309,461) and Lake (230,514) among Northeast Ohio counties.

The county’s population has increased every year since 2010. From 2017-18, Medina County’s population increased by 906, an increase of 0.5 percent.

The only other county in Northeast Ohio to show greater growth was Lorain County at 0.6 percent.

This is in large part because Hurricane Maria, which hit in September 2017, displaced thousands of Puerto Ricans and Caribbean islanders. Some of those refugees moved to the U.S., taking up residency in the city of Lorain.

“Last year, we had a big flood of people coming from Puerto Rico because of the hurricane,” said Victor Leandry, director of El Centro de Servicios Sociales. “So I’d estimate there were about 1,000 new people in the city.”

Ohio’s overall population rose to 11,689,442, a 1.3 percent increase, from 2010-18.

There was an increase of 152,685 people in the state during that juncture. However, had it not been for 169,396 internationals that immigrated to Ohio from other countries, the state would have recorded negative numbers.

The U.S. swelled to 327,167,434 people, a 6 percent jump. That figure was aided by 7,694,370 internationals that immigrated to the country.

In the state, Franklin County has the highest population with 1,310,300, followed by Cuyahoga with 1,243,857.

However, Cuyahoga’s population dipped by 36,258 people, or 2.8 percent, since 2010. Franklin, meanwhile, had the largest jump in the state at 146,768 people, or a 12.6 percent growth.

Among the states, California has the largest population with 39,557,045 residents, followed by Florida’s 21,299,325 and New York’s 19,542,209. Utah had the biggest growth in population from 2010 with 14.4 percent, a bit larger than Texas’ 14.1 percent.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.

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