Hancock County’s population has grown by 1.3 percent since the 2010 census, according to the latest estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The 2013 estimates set Hancock County’s population at 75,773, an increase of 103 from the 2012 estimate of 75,670. The county’s population has grown by 991 people since the 2010 census, which set the population figure at 74,782.
Wood and Henry were the only neighboring counties to show an increase in 2013. According to the Census Bureau, Wood County’s population was estimated at 129,264 in 2013, an increase of 556 from the 2012 estimate of 128,708.
Henry County’s estimated population rose by seven last year to 28,092.
Population estimates for 2013 for other area counties, with the 2012 estimates in parentheses, are: Allen County, 105,298 (105,329); Hardin County, 31,641 (31,654); Putnam County, 34,088 (34,201); Seneca County, 55,914 (56,033); and Wyandot County, 22,447 (22,591).
Statewide, Ohio’s population was estimated at 11,570,808 last year, up 17,777 residents over 2012.
Central Ohio counties are leading the state in population growth categories, according to the Associated Press.
Delaware County had the biggest percentage growth, 2.09 percent, in the state last year.
Hocking County in southeast Ohio had the biggest percentage population loss, 2.34 percent.
Statistics show that Franklin County is closing in on Cuyahoga County and could become Ohio’s most populated by the 2020 census. Franklin County, home to Columbus, had 1,212,263 people as of July 2013. That’s an increase of 46,293, or 4 percent, over the past three years.
Cuyahoga County, home to Cleveland, fell to 1,263,154, leaving it about 50,000 residents ahead of Franklin. However, Cuyahoga County’s population losses have slowed from 8,200 in 2011, to 4,000 in 2012, to 2,900 last year.
The Columbus Dispatch reported that Ohio on the whole lost almost 7,400 people to migration last year. Nearly half of that loss occurred in Cuyahoga County.
Three-fourths of the state’s counties had a net loss of residents because of people moving out of Ohio.
The Census Bureau’s population estimates show Franklin County recorded by far the most births in the state last year, 18,200. The birth rate of 15.21 per 1,000 residents in Franklin beat out Hamilton County, home to Cincinnati, which had a birth rate of 13.73.