Economic Development

5-County Region Sees Population Fall in Census Estimate

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The population of all five counties in the Mahoning and Shenango valleys declined from 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s newest population estimate.

Trumbull County saw  the area’s largest decline in population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s July 2018 population estimate, falling 0.8% to 198,627.

Mahoning County’s population was estimated at 229,642, a 0.2% fall, while Columbiana County saw a decrease of 0.5% as population was tallied as 102,665.

Overall, Ohio’s population increased 0.21% to 11,689,442. Most of the growth, however, was seen in Columbus and the surrounding areas. Franklin County held its spot as Ohio’s most populous with 1,310,300, a 1.1% gain over 2017. Delaware County, immediately north of Franklin, posted a 2.1% increase, reaching 204,826, while Union County jumped 1.8% to 57,785.

Warren County, situated between Cincinnati and Dayton, saw its population increase 1.4% to 232,173.

Cuyahoga County saw its population drop 0.4% to 1,243,857, while Summit County was essentially even with 2017, rising to 541,918, a gain of 176 people.

In Pennsylvania, Mercer and Lawrence counties each posted population drops: Mercer fell 0.78% to 110,683 and Lawrence declined 0.54% to 86,184.

The Keystone State’s total population was estimated at 12,807,060 in 2018, a gain of 0.13%. 

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.