Experts: Young professionals fueling Columbus-area growth


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus metro area has an estimated 2 million people now, an increase of about 1.2 percent from 2014.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1XSiyhL ) that the Census Bureau recently released estimates showing that while the home of Ohio’s capital added residents, Cleveland’s population fell slightly to less than 2.1 million. Cincinnati saw a slight bump and now sits at nearly 2.2 million.

Community Research Partners, a nonprofit group that examines communities, says an increasing number of young professionals could be driving some of the growth to the Columbus area.

Columbus is the third-largest metropolitan area in the state and the 32nd largest in the country.

City economic-development officials attribute the state’s growth to the Columbus region and say Columbus’ corporate base and higher-education system attract people to the area.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com