When the US Census Bureau released its latest estimates last week for county population across the country, Richland County’s numbers held steady from last year and showed a slight rise over the last two years.
Richland County’s total 2022 population was within 0.1 percent of its population the year before, representing a decrease of 8 residents.
Delaware County had the second highest growth rate in Ohio over the last two years, 5.7 percent. Only Union County had a higher rate of increase at 6.5 percent.
The rate of decline across Ohio slowed somewhat over the last year, suggesting that the pandemic and other factors had an impact. At the same time, however, central Ohio’s strong growth (Licking County was in seventh place statewide) emphasizes the need for the region to address transportation and housing needs.
Ohio lost 41,500 residents in this period of time.
Specific Crawford County numbers released were as follows:
Total Population Change: -8
Natural Change: -450
Total Migration: 429
Crawford County’s total population now stands at an estimated 125,319, down from 124,962 in 2020.