The United States Census Bureau recently released 2015 population data for cities. Our partners at Mid-Ohio Development Exchange (MODE) shared the highlights:

  • With a population of 850,106, Columbus remains the 15th-largest city in the country
  • Its growth rate of 7.5% since 2010, makes Columbus the 19th fastest growing of the nation’s largest cities and 14th among all U.S. cities with a population over 500,000
  • Columbus’s growth rate leads the pack among Midwestern cities over 500,000. The next closest Midwestern city in this group is Indianapolis, with a growth rate of 3.8%
  • Columbus is the fastest-growing among Midwestern cities with populations over 200,000, 300,000, 400,000 and 500,000
  • In one-year growth estimates (2014 – 2015), only Columbus represents the Midwest in the top 40 cities over 200,000 nation-wide; Columbus and Washington, D.C. stand alone in the entire Midwest-Northeast region.

There is also significant growth occurring in other cities and villages across Central Ohio. 82 of the region’s 113 cities and villages reported an increase in population from 2010 to 2015.Among Central Ohio communities with a population over 5,000, six lead the way with double-digit growth rates:

  • New Albany (25.59%)
  • Hilliard (18.82%)
  • Village of Sunbury (15.00%)
  • Grandview Heights (12.31%)
  • Powell (12.13%)
  • Grove City (10.20%)


Portions of this article originally appeared in the May 25 Mid-Ohio Development Exchange e-Newsletter.