Central Ohio counties lead in population growth

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Central Ohio counties are leading the state in population growth categories.

Population estimates released by the census bureau show Franklin County — home to Columbus — recorded by far the most births in the state last year, 18,200. Adjacent Delaware County had the biggest percentage growth — 2.09 percent — in Ohio in the same period.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1m7TLnD ) reports that Ohio on the whole lost almost 7,400 people to migration last year. Almost half of that loss came in Cuyahoga County, home to Cleveland.

Three-fourths of the state's counties had a net loss of residents because of people moving out of the state.

Hocking County in southeast Ohio had the biggest percentage population loss — 2.34 percent.

Ohio had more than 11.5 million residents last year.

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