July 23, 2016

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Medina County’s population growth is slowing

MEDINA — Medina County was among Ohio’s top 10 fastest-growing counties throughout the 1990s and the first decade of the new century.

Not anymore.

Since the 2010 census, Medina County’s population has grown by less than a percent, according to the latest figures from the Census Bureau.

The new report, released today, estimated 173,684 people lived in Medina County as of July 1, 2012 — only 1,352 more than were counted by the April 1, 2010, census.

That increase of slightly less than 0.8 percent ranked Medina 12th in growth rate among Ohio’s 88 counties.

Medina County ranked much higher in the previous decade. From 2000 and 2010, the county’s population jumped by more than 14 percent — making it the sixth fastest-growing county in the state.

The county’s population swelled more from 1990 to 2000 — by 23.5 percent.

That compares with a projected increase this decade of only 3.5 percent, if the growth rate of the past two years continues until 2020.

The new report found slower growth and shrinking populations across Ohio. Only a quarter of the state’s counties posted any population increases.

Delaware County, bordering Columbus’ Franklin County, ranked first in population growth with a 3.5 percent increase since 2010.

Crawford County shrank the most, losing more than 2.1 percent.

Two of the five counties neighboring Medina gained population:

• Lorain County’s population increased by a negligible 122 residents to 301,478.

• Wayne did better, growing by 0.3 percent to 114,848.

• Medina’s neighbor to the north, Cuyahoga County, lost the most residents, declining 1.2 percent to 1,265,111.

• Ashland County declined by 0.3 percent and Summit County by 0.2 percent.

Contact reporter David Knox at (330) 721-4065 or dknox@medina-gazette.com.