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Section II. Background Information and Methodology

Environmental Scan

The information in this section provides the foundation for the needs assessment activities described in this report. American Community Survey (ACS) data was used from the US Census Bureau, as well as the Institute on Disability’s 2017 Disability Statistics Compendium and Cornell University’s Disability Statistics website (disabilitystatistics.org). Data sources also include the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other administrative records of government programs (such as Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income and federal/state vocational rehabilitation programs).

Population of Ohio Counties. 2016 Estimates suggest Ohio’s total population is 11,586,941 (U.S. Census – American Community Survey). Sixty-one of Ohio’s 88 counties have total populations of less than 100,000 residents. Vinton County in the southeast part of Ohio, with 13,128 residents, has the smallest total population. Eighteen counties have populations between 100,000 and 250,000 residents and the remaining nine counties all have populations that exceed 300,000.

As shown in Table 1 below, the nine counties with populations exceeding 300,000 residents are: Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Summit, Montgomery, Lucas, Stark, Butler, and Lorain. Cuyahoga is Ohio’s most populous county with 1,258,710 residents. Together, these counties account for 50 percent of the state’s total population.

Table 1 - Counties with Largest Populations in Ohio: 2016 Estimate

County Age 0 - 14 Age 15 - 64 Age 65+ Total Population Percent of Total Population
Cuyahoga 222,792 829,490 207,687 1,258,710 10.9%
Franklin 246,424 852,626 134,301 1,232,118 10.6%
Hamilton 157,163 534,355 115,253 805,965 7.0%
Summit 95,823 357,847 87,702 541,372 4.7%
Montgomery 99,094 344,696 88,438 532,761 4.6%
Lucas 84,351 286,098 63,481 434,800 3.8%
Stark 67,457 240,972 66,333 374,762 3.2%
Butler 75,101 249,590 49,320 373,638 3.2%
Lorain 56,561 197,355 49,567 304,091 10.9%
9-County Subtotal 1,104,765 3,893,029 862,082 5,858,217 50.6%
Ohio 2,178,345 7,612,620 1,807,563 11,586,941 100.0%

 

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