Of the 26 municipalities in Medina County, only one has shown a population drop since the last Census.
The city of Medina dropped 102 people in population estimates from 2017 to 2018. From the last U.S. Census in 2010, there has been a decrease of 606 people, or 2.3 percent. The estimates were released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
They are singing a different tune in Wadsworth where Mayor Robin Laubaugh joked, “I tell people the secret is out.”
Wadsworth experienced the biggest jumps in population in the last year (327) and since the 2010 Census (2,214). That’s a 10.3 percent increase since 2010.
“Wadsworth is a great place to live, work and raise a family,” Laubaugh said.
“We have individuals who discover Wadsworth for the first time. We also have families who have been here for generations. They have children that go to school and come back here to live.”
The economy and business also is on the upswing, according to Laubaugh.
“Many of the businesses are growing, adding people and adding shifts,” Laubaugh said. “They are producing new products and looking to expand. There is a lot of growth going on.”
In Brunswick, there has been a modest population increase of
52 in the last year. Since the 2010 Census, there has been a jump of 642 people, or 1.9 percent, in the county’s largest city.
In the townships, the largest increases in the last year have been in Montville (84), Brunswick Hills (73) and Medina (60). Overall, since the 2010 Census, 4,168 people have moved to the 17 townships, an increase of 5.1 percent.
The village Lodi also had a slight jump in population — 21.
The downward trend continues in Medina, which has few or no buildable lots remaining in the city.
“We have very few lots to add houses here, so some may be moving to neighboring townships where new houses are being built,” Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell said.
“So if families move out and couples move in, our counts go down. As well as our aging population where some residents reach end of life. Last, but not least, as college-age children move out of homes to attend college and may remain residing outside the city even after college graduation.”
Hanwell said the city isn’t taking this news sitting down.
“We are working both as a city and with developers to create more housing opportunities with apartments within walking distance of our square, which we hope will help out as well,” he said.
Medina County Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Bethany Dentler said families are looking outside the city of Medina boundaries for housing options.
“Housing starts are on the rise in other parts of the county, so as people move into Medina County, they’re more likely to choose options other than the city of Medina,” she said.
Brunswick is the 44th largest city in the state with 34,897 people, while Medina is 60th with 26,072 and Wadsworth 70th with 23,781.
The population in Medina County has increased to 179,146 in 2018 estimates, an increase of 906 from last year and 6,814 from the 2010 Census, or 4.0 percent.
Columbus is by far the largest city in Ohio with 892,533 people, followed by Cleveland with 383,793 and Cincinnati with 302,605.
Ohio has an estimated population in 2018 of 11,689,442, an increase of 1.3 percent from the 2010 Census. The Buckeye State is the 11th largest state in the union.
The U.S. population has swelled to 327,167,434, an increase of 6.0 percent from the 2010 Census.