Central Ohio is booming! With 1,264,518 residents in 2016, Franklin County is now the largest in the State of Ohio, according to the latest US Census data. The City of Columbus remains the state’s largest city, with over 850,000 people.
Since 2011, Franklin County has grown at an average rate of almost 17,000 people per year. In 2016, 14,249 people moved into the county.
Surrounding counties are also gaining new residents. Of the 28 Ohio counties that grew last year, six central Ohio counties — Franklin, Delaware, Pickaway, Union, Fairfield and Licking — accounted for 64 percent of the growth, totaling 22,274 people in all. Delaware and Union rank highest in growth as a percentage of population.
Economist Bill Lafayette of Regionomics attributes the growth to job seekers. The region’s diverse economy keeps expanding. For example, he said, health-care and education jobs grew by 18 percent in the Columbus area between 2010 and 2015. Columbus came out on top in CreditSesame’s rankings of 10 big cities offering the best opportunities for people seeking to relocate in 2016
The future of Columbus calls for even more growth, Lafayette said. Projections show it adding up to 1 million more people over the next 30 years. Forbes magazine has ranked Columbus as one of the nation’s top cities for growth over the next decade.
Continuing growth means you’ll see a lot of moving trucks on the roads throughout central Ohio – especially during the busy summer moving season. Keep an eye out for trucks with the bright green Herlihy Moving & Storage logo!
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