(Cleveland) – The population of Northeast Ohio is dropping, and Cuyahoga County is no longer the state’s most populous county.
Estimates just released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that Cuyahoga County’s population dropped by 5,673 from July of 2015 to July of 2016. That’s the largest population drop in Ohio, and fourth largest in the nation.
In contrast, the population of Franklin County, which includes Columbus, grew by over 14,000, giving Franklin the distinction of being Ohio’s most populous county, by about 5,000 residents.
Every county in Northeast Ohio lost population from 2015 to 2016, with the exception of Lorain, Medina, Wayne and Ashland Counties. Overall, the 14 counties that comprise Northeast Ohio lost 46,000 residents, and now have a total population under 4 million.
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