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CLEVELAND – While Cuyahoga County saw the third highest population loss in the country, experts say to look beyond the census numbers and focus on the composition of the population rather than the total.

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Census data reveals Cuyahoga County lost an estimated 4,940 residents last year. However, the percentage loss is fairly small, and other counties saw a much more dramatic drop.

There are currently 1,248,514 people who call Cuyahoga County home.

Franklin County, where Columbus is, has an estimated 1,291,981 residents — it overtook Cuyahoga as the most populous county in Ohio in 2016.

But Richey Piiparinen, director of the Center for Population Dynamics at Cleveland State University, said the population loss is a bad indicator of how a county is doing.

In fact, the average income — $50,230 — is higher than it has ever been.



Article Courtesy of WEWS News 5 Cleveland

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Second Picture Courtesy of Barry Winiker and Getty Images

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