May 25, 2017

Columbus’ population has grown to 860,090, making it the 14th largest city in the country and the second biggest in the Midwest after Chicago, according to new Census estimates released Thursday.

Columbus’ population was 850,106 in 2015; that’s about 1 percent growth for 2016.

Ohio’s capital city passed Indianapolis(855,164) to move up to the 14th spot. Columbus remains Ohio’s largest city, well ahead of Cleveland (No. 51 with a population of 385,809) and Cincinnati (No. 65 at 298,800). has a searchable database where you can find population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau for every city for 2016. You can find that here.

As we reported in March, the Columbus region is the population growth king of Ohio ( based on the entire metropolitan area).

In fact, it wasn’t just Columbus, which has grown 9.3 percent since the last census in 2010. According to the database, Central Ohio is home to several of the fastest growing municipalities since 2010:

New Albany grew 34.2 percent to 10,360 residents.

Hilliard grew 22.8 percent to 34,905.

Grove City grew 11.7 percent to 39,721.

Powell grew 11.4 percent to 12,810.

Delaware grew 11.2 percent to 38,643.

Dublin grew 9.1 percent to reach 45,568.

Westerville grew 7.9 percent to 38,985 residents.

Worthington grew 7 percent to 14,528.

Some other news about the new population estimates:

  • Chicago was the only city among the nation’s 20 largest to lose population in 2016.
  • Several big Ohio cities continue to lose residents – Toledo, Dayton and Cleveland.
  • New York remains the biggest U.S. city with a population of 8.5 million. Los Angeles remains the second-largest city, with a population of about 4 million.
  • Cities in the South continue to grow at a faster rate than any other region.