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"Columbus Home to 1.72 million people"

by Maureen McCabe on April 5, 2007

Columbus map with grid

Business First Columbus says:

The Greater Columbus area saw its population grow 7 percent from April 2000 to July 2006, the U.S. Census Bureau said.

In a report released Thursday, the bureau said Columbus – growing to 1.72 million from 1.61 million – ranked 32nd in largest numerical gain in population among the nation’s 361 metropolitan areas.

The article goes on to say that Cinci had a 4.7% increase and is the only other Ohio City on the list of growing cities. With 2.1 million people now the Cincinnati area is ranked 41st on the list (largest numerical gain in population of 361 metropolitan areas.)

Still the Cincinnati Post took Cincinnati’s growth as a negative.

It could be worse, according to the Business First Columbus article Cleveland made #2 on the list for cities losing population:

“Cleveland with 34,000 fewer residents. ”

Ouch!

Speaking about this region the Chicago Tribune cleverly said of the Census Bureau statistics:

“Rust for the weary”

“Parts of the Rust Belt had large declines. The Pittsburgh, Pa., metro area led the way, losing 60,000 people from 2000 to 2006. Its population loss was followed by declines in Cleveland, Buffalo, Youngstown, Ohio, and Scranton, Pa.”

Not in Central Ohio? This gets confused. The City of Columbus is the largest city in Ohio. The Cleveland and Cincinnati metro areas are both larger than the Columbus metropolitan area. The census stats are metro areas.

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