Central Ohio counties are leading the state in population growth categories.
Population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau show Franklin County — home to Columbus — 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.
The Columbus Dispatch reported Ohio on the whole lost almost 7,400 people to migration last year. Almost half of that loss occurred 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 Ohio.
Hocking County in southeast Ohio had the biggest population loss — 2.34 percent.
Statistics show Franklin County is closing in on Cuyahoga County and could become Ohio’s most populated by the 2020 census.
Ohio had more than 11.5 million residents last year. The state’s population was up 17,777 residents over 2012.