Population up in Hancock, Wood counties | Community Spirit
By Lou Wilin – Findlay Courier Staff Writer
Hancock County's population grew by 560, or 0.7 percent, from mid-2011 to mid-2012, the Census Bureau estimates. It brought Hancock County's total to 75,671 residents.
Hancock and Wood counties defied the population flight occurring in neighboring counties and most of the state. From mid-2011 to mid-2012, Wood County's population grew by 1,291, or 1 percent, to 128,200.
Only 21 of Ohio's 88 counties gained population in the past year, the Census Bureau estimated.
The Buckeye State's population was estimated at 11,544,225 on July 1, 2012, an increase of 3,218 residents from the previous year. By comparison, Texas had 427,425 additional residents last year; California, 357,497; Florida, 235,306; Georgia, 107,485; and North Carolina, 100,970.
Although Hancock County is not a population magnet by national standards, county Commissioner Phillip Riegle is pleased with local growth.
"Overall it is a good thing," he said. "It's an increase in the workforce, and people want to be here."
More people also means bigger demands for public services like law enforcement, fire protection, water, sewer and roads, he said. But Riegle is not complaining.
"You certainly want to be going that way rather than losing (population)," he said.
Losing population were Allen, Hardin, Henry, Putnam, Seneca and Wyandot counties, the Census Bureau reported. Sixty-seven of Ohio's 88 counties lost population.
The Census Bureau counts the population every 10 years. In between, it makes annual estimates.
From mid-2011 to mid-2012, Allen County's population dropped by 599 residents, or 0.6 percent. Its population is 105,141, the Census Bureau estimated.
Hardin County lost 207 residents, or 0.7 percent, leaving it with 31,627.
Henry County's population shrank by 185, or 0.7 percent, to 28,045 residents.
Putnam County's population decreased by 150, or 0.4 percent, to 34,198.
Seneca County declined by 385 residents, or 0.7 percent, to 56,018.
Wyandot County's population lost 42, or 0.2 percent, to 22,607.
Franklin County, which includes Columbus, gained the most population among Ohio's counties, 16,273. That represented 1.4 percent growth for Franklin County, to 1,195,537.
Next was Delaware County, just north of Franklin, which grew by 2,444 residents, or 1.4 percent. Delaware County's population last July was estimated at 181,061.
The biggest exodus occurred in Cuyahoga County, home to Cleveland, which lost 4,872 residents, or 0.4 percent of its population. Cuyahoga County's population last July was 1,265,111.
Cuyahoga County's loss was second in the nation only to Wayne County, Mich., including Detroit, which dropped by 9,424 residents.
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