YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown area has steadily been losing its population, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Of the 381 metropolitan areas in the U.S., as defined by the Census Bureau, the Youngstown area ranks eighth in most population lost since 2010.
Data released Friday shows the population around Youngstown has dropped 2.8 percent in the past five years. The Census Bureau defines the Youngstown area as Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio, and Mercer County in Pennsylvania.
When Columbiana County is figured in, the population has dropped 2.6 percent.
A total of 654,691 people live in the four counties combined.
Trumbull County had the largest decrease at 3.1 percent, Mahoning County dropped 2.9 percent, Columbiana County dropped 2.8 percent, and Mercer County was down 2.1 percent.
Among the areas with a greater drop in population than Youngstown were Farmington, New Mexico (8.7 percent), Pine Bluff, Arkansas (6.5 percent), and Flint, Michigan (3.5 percent).
Ohio’s population since 2010 increased seven-tenths of a percent. The largest increase in population in Ohio was in Delaware County (10.8 percent), which is north of Columbus.
Pennsylvania’s population since 2010 increased eight-tenths of a percent. The largest increase in population in Pennsylvania was in Cumberland County (4.6 percent), which is the Harrisburg area.
The major metropolitan areas of Texas were among the nationwide leaders in population increases from 2014 to 2015. Houston (159,083) and the Dallas-Fort Worth (144,704) areas were the nation’s top two cities, while Austin (57,395) was 14th and San Antonio (51,285) was 15th.
The estimated population of the U.S. as of 2015 was 321,418,820 — an increase of 3.9 percent since 2010.