According to the statistics, which compare 2015 populations to 2010 Census figures, the county experienced a 1.3 percent population increase.
North Ridgeville and Avon, which continue to experience residential and commercial growth, saw the largest population changes.
As of July 2015, there were 3,800 more people living in Lorain County, bringing the total population up to 305,147. In 2010, there were 301,356 people living in the county, according to Census figures.
Of Lorain County’s nine cities, five saw populations rise while four saw populations decline.
North Ridgeville experienced the biggest increase at 10.2 percent with 3,018 more people living there. The city now has a total population of 32,483 compared with the 29,465 who lived there in 2010.
The next two cities that experienced the largest growth were Avon and Avon Lake, which saw increases of 6.4 percent and 3.9 percent, respectively. Avon added 1,351 people, bringing the total population to 22,544 while Avon Lake added 872 people, bringing the total population to 23,453.
The four cities that experienced population declines were Elyria, Lorain, Sheffield Lake and Vermilion.
Elyria experienced the biggest decline at 1.4 percent with a loss of 758 people. The city, which is grappling with the loss of industry, saw its population drop to 53,755 from the 54,533 who lived there in 2010.
Sheffield Lake, which has struggled with large numbers of home foreclosures and a rise in unkempt rental properties, experienced the second-largest decline at 1.2 percent. The population of the small lakeshore community dropped to 9,026 from the 9,137 people who had lived there in 2010.
Of the county’s 18 townships, six saw their population rise, one experienced no growth and 11 experienced population decreases. Brownhelm Township, which had the most growth at 4.9 percent, added 87 people, bringing the total population up to 1,853.
The township that experienced the biggest decline was Elyria Township with a 1.4 percent drop and a loss of 47 people.
The Census Bureau also reported population comparisons for Lorain County villages for the first time. According to the statistics, four of the county’s seven villages experienced population decreases while three saw slight increases.
The village of LaGrange, which added 30 people, experienced the largest increase at 1.4 percent, while Grafton, which lost 471 people, saw the largest decrease at 7.1 percent.