Allen County population shrinking

By Josh Ellerbrock -

LIMA — Latest U.S. Census Bureau population numbers released this past week estimate Allen County lost 406 in population between 2017 and 2018, with the latest population total estimate for the county set at 102,663.

In the past eight years, the census estimates that Allen County has lost 3,652 people, or 3.4% in total population. Only 10 other Ohio counties had higher cumulative population loss in the same time period.

The drop has had some effects on county rankings in terms of population. In 2010, Allen County was the 26th largest county in Ohio. Today, it’s the 27th largest county thanks to Miami County gaining roughly the same number of residents as Allen County has reportedly lost.

The last time Allen County had a similar population of 102,663 was during the 1950s prior to the region hitting its peak population of more than 112,000 seen in the 1980s.

Surrounding counties, however, had more positive projections.

Out of the eight counties making up the greater Lima region, four of the counties were estimated to have increased in population between 2017 and 2018— Auglaize, Hancock, Mercer and Hardin counties. Allen, Paulding, Putnam and Van Wert counties were estimated to have lost population.

Only two counties are estimated to have seen increases in total population since 2010. Hancock County was estimated to have grown by 1,141 people, and Mercer County was estimated to have grown by 145.

While Auglaize County wasn’t estimated to have positive growth since 2010, the county is relatively stable in comparison to other surrounding counties, with population gain and loss often jumping back and forth year to year. Auglaize County’s cumulative population loss from 2010 to 2018 was estimated to be 145.

As for Ohio’s trends, the state’s population grew by 152,685, or 1.3%, since 2010. Latest census figures estimate 11.7 million people live in the state with more and more concentrating near metropolitan areas. Of Ohio’s 88 counties, 57, or 65%, have lost population since 2010.

Nationwide, population trends show that many citizens are moving to both the south and the west, with major increases seen in Texas, Florida and California within the last year.

Only one of Ohio’s counties, Delaware County, made it in the top 100 of the United State’s fastest growing counties since 2010, which ranks cumulative growth by percentage. Delaware County grew by 17.6% between 2010 and 2018, gaining 30,654 residents.

By Josh Ellerbrock

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