Lakewood mayor touts importance of city’s 2020 census data
LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Despite the U.S. Census Bureau’s predictions that its population would drop significantly, Lakewood’s population was recently announced at 50,942.
Mayor Meghan George said she was not surprised the city remained above the all-important level of 50,000 people.
“Over the past 15 years or so, the Town of Lakewood has had a comprehensive strategy to grow our population or at least keep it above the 50,000 threshold, which is important because it means Lakewood continues to qualify. as a community of law”, George mentioned.
Not only does Lakewood remain the densest city in Ohio, the third-largest in Cuyahoga County and in Ohio’s top 20, but it will qualify for key federal dollars – Departmental Community Development Block Grants. American housing and urban development.
The mayor said that equates to about $2 million a year, which helps the city invest in housing, build or improve public facilities, and build infrastructure.
“It took an overarching strategy to get everyone counted,” George said. “We worked hard to get all eligible people to fill out the census. It was very important that each person was counted, because I knew that we were hovering around this threshold.
“So congratulations to the community, the nonprofit partners, the city council, and everyone who worked hard to make everyone count.”
Similar to other inner suburbs, Lakewood has suffered population losses over the past few decades. Considering the city is fully built-up, the mayor said the decrease was partly due to family sizes.
“When Lakewood was at its height in the 1970s with over 70,000 people, families had eight or nine children,” George said. “That’s just not happening now, so we’re going to continue to invest in housing in the town of Lakewood.”
“Over the past few years, we’ve had a few multi-family unit developments along our commercial corridors and we’re also getting closer to single-family homes on smaller streets.”
When it comes to population growth, George recently did her part as a first-time mother.
“I don’t know if I have eight or nine children; I’m touching old age here,” laughed George. “But we’re glad Maggie Rose can contribute as another Lakewoodite to the people.”
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