U.S. Census says population has dropped in the Ohio Valley


The U.S. Census Bureau released their newest statement last week and the population findings are interesting.

It indicated that the population in the Wheeling Metropolitan Statistical Area that includes Ohio and Marshall Counties has a decrease of 5.34 since the last Census in 2010.

According to the Census overall in the Upper Ohio Valley, Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel counties in West Virginia and Jefferson, Harrison, Belmont, and Monroe in Ohio lost an estimated 2,712 residents from 2017.

The total population stands at 310,089. 

Now Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle, Executive Director, Patrick Ford says those figures that just came out are a miss representation of the real story in the area.

He said, “We aren’t necessarily losing population we are rightsizing our community.”

He also said they do business differently now then they have in the past and it’s going to continue to grow.

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