Written by JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN Sentinel County Editor
Thursday, 23 May 2013 09:56
While many other cities in the region are watching their populations shrink, Wood County's cities all saw growth in the last two years.
"I believe the reason people want to come to Wood County is we're all working together on a common goal," said Wood County Commissioner Jim Carter. "We're all working for jobs and for a quality of life."
"A lot of people look at Wood County as a place they want to be," Carter said.
The latest U.S. Census Bureau figures were released today. They are based on estimates of 2012 populations.
Bowling Green saw the largest estimated growth of all the cities in this region of the state. Bowling Green's population went from 30,043 in 2010 to an estimated 31,384 in 2012. That's an increase of about 4.5 percent.
"Overall, that's great news for Bowling Green," Lori Tretter, assistant municipal administrator for Bowling Green, said this morning.
"Any indication of growth in Bowling Green demonstrates what many of us in Bowling Green believe. It's a good community to live, work, raise a family and receive an education," Tretter said.
The growth percentage appears to be in line with the city's goal for "steady measured growth" that is manageable, she said.
All the other largest municipalities in Wood County also saw estimated population increases, including:
• Perrysburg: 20,805 to 21,161, up 1.7 percent.
• Rossford: 6,293 to 6,393, up 1.6 percent.
• Northwood: 5,265 to 5,344, up 1.5 percent.
• North Baltimore: 3,432 to 3,477, up 1.3 percent.
• Walbridge: 3,019 to 3,053, up 1.1 percent.
In contrast, population declines were seen in Toledo, Oregon, Sylvania, Sandusky, Napoleon, Maumee, Waterville, Port Clinton and Fremont,
Wood County overall is also continuing to grow.
U.S. Census population estimates earlier this year showed a gain of 1,291 residents in Wood County - bumping the county's population up to 128,200. The increase estimate was the largest in the Northwest Ohio region.
In fact, of 12 counties in the region, only three saw population growth. Wood's was the greatest, followed by Hancock County adding 560 residents and Fulton County growing by just 16.
The biggest loss was seen in Lucas County, where the estimated population went from 439,914 to 437,988 - a loss of 1,926.