Five things the 2020 census results tell us about Summit County
The US Census Bureau released the results of the 2020 census on Thursday. Here are some of the biggest takeaways for Summit County and Ohio.
Akron’s population has fallen by more than 4%
Akron’s population declined by more than 4% between the 2010 and 2020 censuses, a blow to the city’s plan to increase its population to 250,000 by 2050.
Akron’s population at the 2020 census was 190,469, down 4.3% from 199,110 at the 2010 census.
Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said in a statement that the numbers are “not entirely unexpected, but challenging nonetheless.” Horrigan said “the good news” is that the city has halved its rate of population loss: Akron lost 18,000, or 8.3 percent of its population, from 2000 to 2010, according to the census.
“…I knew we would first need to stem population loss before we could change direction and accelerate population growth,” the mayor said.
Summit County’s population also declined between 2010 and 2020, but only by a quarter percent – from 541,781 in 2010 to 540,428 in 2020.
Statewide, Ohio’s population increased by 2.3%, from 11,536,504 in 2010 to 11,799,448 in 2020. The population of the United States increased by 7.4%, from 308,745,538 in 2010 to 331,449,281 in 2020.
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Reminderville, Twinsburg Township and Boston Township saw the largest population increases in Summit County
The largest population increases in Summit County occurred in the Village of Reminderville, which grew from 3,404 in 2010 to 5,412 in 2020, or 58.99%; Township of Twinsburg, from 2,828 to 3,857, or 36.39%; and Boston Township, from 1,272 to 1,401, or 10.14%.
Macedonia was the fastest growing city in Summit County with a population increase from 11,188 to 12,168, or 8.76%.
Many of the communities that saw increases were in northern Summit County.
Other communities that saw increases include Boston Heights (1,300 to 1,402, or 7.9%), Green (25,699 to 27,475, or 6.9%), Copley Township (17,304 to 18,403, or 6.4%), Tallmadge (17,537 to 18,394, or 4.9%), Richfield Township (6,165 to 6,437, or 4.4%), Hudson (22,262 to 23,110, or 3.8 %), Fairlawn (7,437 to 7,710, or 3.7%), Bath Township (9,702 to 10,024, or 3.3%), Cuyahoga Falls (49,652 to 51,114, or 2.9%) , the City of Twinsburg (18,795 to 19,248, or 2.4%), the Village of Richfield (3,648 to 3,729, or 2.2%), and Munroe Falls (5,012 to 5,044, or 0.64 %).
Coventry Township, Peninsula and Barberton have seen the largest population declines in Summit County
The largest population declines in Summit County occurred in Coventry Township, from 10,945 to 10,238, or -6.5%; Peninsula, from 565 to 536, or -5.1%; and Barberton, from 26,550 to 25,191, or -5.1%.
Most communities in southern Summit County have seen their populations decline.
Other communities that saw declines include Lakemore (3,068 to 2,926, or -4.6%), Akron (199,110 to 190,469, or -4.3%), Northfield Center Township (5,839 to 5,597 , or -4.1%), Northfield village (3,677 to 3,541, or -3.7%), Norton (12,085 to 11,673, or -3.4%), Springfield Township (14,644 to 14,162 , or -3.3%), New Franklin (14,227 to 13,877, or -2.5%), Mogadore (2,846 to 2,799, or -1.7%), Clinton (1,214 to 1,197, or -1.4%), Stow (34,837 to 34,483, or -1%), Sagamore Hills Township (10,947 to 10,845, or -0.9%) and Silver Lake (2,519 to 2,516, or 0.1%).
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Asian and Hispanic population growth
Asian and Latino Hispanic communities experienced a large increase in population in Summit County, while the white population decreased by 8.2%. The county saw the biggest increase among those who identified as two or more races (165.8%) or other races (106.7%), but it’s still unclear what those races are .
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Summit County saw its Asian population nearly double between 2010 and 2020, with a 90.3% increase since 2010, and its Pacific Islander population grew 20.3%. The county is home to large refugee communities from South and Central Asia, including but not limited to Bhutan, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
During this same period, the Hispanic or Latino population, which the census designates as an ethnicity – not a race – increased by 50.2%.
While Summit County’s overall 18+ population decreased by 0.2%, the number of Summit County residents under the age of 18 increased by 2.5%. The number of Hispanic/Latino people under the age of 18 has increased 57.4% since 2010, and the county has seen a 264% increase in the number of people under the age of 18 who identify as dual races or more.
The number of blacks in the county increased by 2.1% overall and 6% for those under 18. The Native American population also saw gains, with a 3.4% increase in the general population and a 5.3% increase for those under 18.
Although about 115,190 Arab Americans live in Ohio – including 7,636 in Summit County – according to the advocacy organization YallaCountMeIn, the 2020 census did not include a category for people from the Middle East and from ‘North Africa. Proponents have long fought to include a category in the census for people from the Middle East and North Africa, who are currently counted as white.
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Ohio loses congressional district
Ohio will lose a congressional district because the state’s population has grown more slowly than the country’s, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
The two districts with the fastest population growth were Rep. Joyce Beatty’s 3rd Congressional District (12.3%) and Rep. Troy Balderson’s 12th Congressional District (12.2%), both located in the center of the city. ‘Ohio.
Five congressional districts lost population: Rep. Bill Johnson’s 6th congressional district (-4.7%); the 11th congressional district, currently vacant after Marcia Fudge resigned to become secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (-3.9%); Rep. Tim Ryan’s 13th congressional district (-3.1%); Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s 9th congressional district (-2.3%); and Rep. Jim Jordan’s 4th congressional district (-0.7%).
The 6th District is in southeastern Ohio; 11 includes parts of Summit and Cuyahoga counties (Shontel Brown beat Nina Turner in the Democratic primary for the seat this month and will face Republican Laverne Gore in November); 13 includes portions of Summit, Stark, Portage, Trumbull, and Mahoning counties; the 9th includes a narrow stretch along Lake Erie; and the 4th stretches across northwest and north-central Ohio.
The earliest deadline for Ohio lawmakers to pass a 10-year congressional district map is Sept. 30. After that, the seven-member Ohio Redistricting Commission will have a chance to draw the lines. If each stage faces a bipartisan stalemate, lawmakers could approve a four-year map.
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