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Columbus skylineColumbus is still the 15th largest US city according to recent estimates by the US Census Bureau.    

The Columbus Dispatch article about new population information was more locally focused than articles I read about the new information in most large newspapers and even newspapers in Ohio outside Central Ohio (Dayton Daily, Akron Beacon Journal) or maybe I just found the wrong articles.     

Central Ohio population to three leaders are Powell (+ 83.2%), New Albany (+73.0%) and Pickerington (+ 66.1%) according to a table in the Columbus Dispatch article.    The Columbus Dispatch rticle written by Lisa Halverstadt and Jim Woods has great tables and graphics:

map in the Columbus Dispatch showing local growth. 

The key to the Columbus Dispatch map showing growth in Central Ohio

corn fieldGrowing Central Ohio communities:

The Columbus Dispatch article focuses on growth outside 270 ("beyond 270" as the headline refers to the Central Ohio communities that are growing the most.)

The focus in the Columbus Dispatch article is communities that are growing because of development, many outside Franklin County. Growing population's in communities including Galena, Thorneville, Lithopolis, South Bloomfield, Ostrander, Canal Winchester, Grove City, Delaware (city of), Shawnee Hills, Pataskala, Sunbury, Dublin  and Johnstown cover a lot of Central Ohio ground. 

Housing starts are down nationally and locally concedes the Columbus Dispatch article. 

The focus of the article is people wanting to move out and population catching up to them. In the article Central Ohioans interviewed repeat the story over and over that they moved to "the sticks" and everyone else followed them.  They moved to an area in Powell, Pickerington or elsewhere and neighborhoods, shopping and restaurants followed them.   

Central Ohio Communities with declining populations: 

The Columbus Dispatch article also focuses on population declines in the older suburbs inside 270, including Bexley, Worthington, Upper Arlington, Grandview Heights and Minerva Park.  Or maybe the Dispatch does not mention Upper Arlington or Minerva Park population declines other than in the table. 

Westerville's decline in population disputed:  

The one market Central Ohio market outside 270 with a decline in population is Westerville according to the newspaper article but it says the population drop is being disputed by Westerville.  Dublin with a mere 15.8% rise in population sort of surprised me in comparison to Powell's growth. 

I dreamed Columbus was climbing the charts.


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R. B. "Bob" Mitchell - Loan Officer Raleigh/Durham
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My daughter is graduating from Ohio State in December and moving on to graduate school in Alabama, so I guess that is one less person in Columbus!  I'll miss coming to visit her there!


Bob Mitchell

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Jun 28, 2007 05:24 AM #1
Missy Caulk
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I had no idea, Columbus was that big. I was there once a long time ago. Maybe 15 years ago. I remember the water and it was really nice. I grew up in Paducah, Ky on the Ohio River.
Jun 28, 2007 05:40 AM #2
Maureen McCabe
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Congrats on your daughter's graduation Bob!  OSU will replace her with another student I am sure or maybe not. I read about the community college numbers going up this fall because of tuition increases.  

Missy no one thinks Columbus is that big.  It does not feel like a big city because the metropolitan area is not that large.  Nice water???  hmmmm?  I like lakes better than rivers... are you sure you weren't up in Cleveland? Not that Lake Erie has a reputation for being nice.  I sailed it about 12 years ago and it is nice. Not Lake Michigan or Lake Superior but nice as Great Lakes go.

Jun 28, 2007 05:54 AM #3
Elaine Reese, REALTOR® in central Ohio
Real Living HER, Powell Ohio - Powell, OH

As the map shows, the actual city of Columbus isn't growing. The growth numbers are for the MSMA which includes all the surrounding counties which aren't landlocked.

Maybe we need to buy Missy a ticket so she can come down to a game next to the "Olen-tang-ee". :-) Only a few months to go till we (me - since you're a Badger) get to start our discussion with Missy. 

Jun 28, 2007 09:11 AM #4
Maureen McCabe
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If you look at MSMA's Columbus is not 15th in the country so would not be on this list in the position it is in.  The 3% growth is for the city of Columbus I believe. If you look at the key the color that is used to show the areas inside and outside of 270 that are City of Columbus (and possibley other municipalities) are estimated to have experienced between 0.1% to 10% growth. 

The figure quoted for the City of Columbus in USA Today, the New York Times etc. based on the report from the census bureau is 3% population growth.  If it was MSMA's wouldn't both Cleveland and Cinci appear on the list before Columbus?  There is a link to a  list 125 cities on  from USA Today in  I dreamed Columbus was climbing the charts. Columbus without it's suburbs is a big city.  Columbus with it's suburbs is really not that big a metropolitan area. 

Jun 28, 2007 09:28 AM #5
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