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Census figures released; Avon, Avon Lake, North Ridgeville are big gainers in county

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The U.S. Census Bureau released detailed figures about county population growth and once again Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville saw the largest population increases in Lorain County.

Figures released in March showed that Lorain County, which has a total population of 304,216, saw a 0.9 percent population increase from 2013 to 2014, while populations in nearly all bordering counties decreased.

Census Bureau numbers released Thursday show Lorain County’s eight cities growing by a total of 1.5 percent, with 3,264 more people living in the county since the 2010 census.

North Ridgeville experienced the largest growth at 8.2 percent with 2,406 more people. Avon had the second-largest growth at 5.2 percent with 1,109 more people and Avon Lake was third with a 2.8 percent growth rate and 623 more people since 2010. Amherst also grew by 1 percent and added 122 people to its census numbers.

Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville also had the county’s largest increases from 2000 to 2010 and North Ridgeville previously was the fastest-growing city in the county from 2010 to 2013.

Elyria, Lorain, Oberlin and Sheffield Lake saw population decreases ranging from 0.4 percent to 1 percent, with Elyria experiencing the biggest loss of 561 people and Lorain experiencing the second-biggest loss at 321.

Of Lorain County’s 18 townships, half saw population declines although overall township populations increased by 0.1 percent. The county’s two village populations declined by 615 people, with Grafton taking the largest hit with an 8.4 percent loss of 559 people, while Sheffield grew by 1.4 percent, adding 56.

According to a press release issued by the Census Bureau, Columbus is now the nation’s 13th-largest numerical gainer, with 12,421 more people since 2013, making it the nation’s 15th-most populous city with a population of 835,957.

Cleveland’s population, on the other hand, is down to 389,521 people. It has lost 1,635 residents since 2013.

Census estimates are produced by the Census Bureau using vital statistics and other administrative records such as building permits.

The estimates division of the Census Bureau looks at vital statistics nationwide and in December of every year, state figures become the control number.

The most recent data indicate that only 28 of Ohio’s 88 counties have seen population increases since the 2010 census.

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