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Columbus Metropolitan Club - 4-6-2022 - Changing Demographics Are Creating a New Central Ohio
Long regarded as one of the most statistically average cities in America - including in terms of its population growth - Columbus, Ohio has stepped on the accelerator in the last decade.

The city's growth continues to gain steam: in the last ten years, 90% of Ohio's entire population growth occurred in Columbus and its suburbs. From 2010 to 2020, Columbus saw the largest population growth in its history, with a growth rate of 15.1%, higher than Houston (9.7%), Phoenix (11.2%), or even Nashville (14.7%).

As of 2020, every Columbus community reported growth, regardless of location relative to downtown. On average, Franklin County gains 37 residents a day; every year, Columbus adds the equivalent in population of a new Bexley.

There aren't just more people in Columbus, either - there are more people plus greater diversity, too. All the net growth in both Columbus and Franklin County was due to people of color; in fact, Franklin County's white population fell 0.4% from 2010 to 2020 despite the County's unprecedented population growth. Nearly every Franklin County census tract became more diverse, although Columbus' growing diversity isn't occurring evenly between communities.

On April 6, CMC will unpack Columbus' dramatic population growth and its growing diversity over the last decade - along with its implications and opportunities for businesses and organizations - with the help of Michael Wilkos, Senior Vice President of Community Impact with The United Way of Central Ohio, who will share lessons learned through extensive research based on the 2020 census, and host Autumn Glover, Senior Director, Community Health Partnerships, OhioHealth.
April 6, 2022