Richard S. Oliver reports:
Without immigrants, the Cincinnati region’s population would barely be growing, new Census Bureau estimates released today show. Immigrants also may have stopped Hamilton County’s population decline and helped to bolster population gains in Butler, Boone and Warren counties, according to the estimates.
The new estimates have the 15-county region growing at a 0.7 percent rate from the 2010 Census to July 2012. That helped the Cincinnati region tie for 252nd place in population growth among 381 metro areas nationwide. Without immigrants, the growth rate would have been 0.3 percent and the region would have tied for 282nd in growth.
The region’s increased population from an international influx, combined with births exceeding deaths, took the edge off more than 13,000 people who left here for other locations in the United States. The region now has an estimated 2,128,663 residents.
Only 19 of 88 counties in Ohio (including Butler, Clermont and Warren) have seen a population increase since the 2010 Census, according to the new estimates. In Kentucky, only 47 of 120 counties saw a population increase. Thirty-five of Indiana’s 92 counties saw populations rise; the 57 that didn’t include the three in Southeast Indiana.
“If you look around the country at the markets that have been and still are growing rapidly, almost all of them are magnets for international immigration,” says Janet Harrah, senior director of the Center for Economic Analysis and Development at Northern Kentucky University.
Warren County was the fourth-fastest growing county in Ohio, according to the new estimates. But half of its growth came from births exceeding deaths, not people moving into the suburban county, the estimates show. Of the newcomers to the county, roughly one in 3 three came from a foreign country. Warren did not make the list of the nation’s 100 fastest-growing counties; only Hamilton County, Ind., a suburban county north of Indianapolis, ended up on the top 100 from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
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