MEDINA — Census numbers released Wednesday show Medina County’s population grew by more than 21,000 residents in the last decade.
The population rose from 151,095 in the 2000 census to 172,332 in the 2010 census. There were 122,354 people in the county in the 1990 census.
The county was one of 10 in Ohio that saw a more than 10 percent population growth. Only three counties — Warren, Delaware and Union — saw more than 20 percent growth.
Medina County remained the 16th most populous county in the state, where it was ranked after the 2000 census.
Medina County Commissioner Steve Hambley said the numbers reflect the fact that county departments have been busy building infrastructure and providing more services in the last decade.
“It just shows what we’ve seen and what we’ve had to build,” he said.
More people mean more households and more services, he said.
The figures from the 2010 census show Brunswick with a population of 34,255, Medina with 26,659 and Wadsworth with 21,567.
He said he expects the population to continue to grow in Medina County, especially in rural areas where there’s more room for growth.
“I think overall, compared to everyone else around us, we’re still very affluent. We still got a lot of location factors that make people want to live here,” he said.
The numbers released Wednesday show Ohio’s population is shifting away from industrial centers in the northern half of the state to suburbs around Columbus and Cincinnati.
The data show that seven out of Ohio’s 10 biggest counties lost population over the past decade. Counties in rural areas of Northwest and North-Central Ohio also saw big drops.
Out of the state’s five biggest cities, Columbus is the only one to see a population increase. The census shows Cleveland’s population dropped by 17 percent to just under 400,000 people.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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