- July 10, 2008 - Toledo Blade : Toledo's population dips to an estimated 295,029
- July 4, 2008 - Toledo Blade : Mayor says Toledo count back over 300,000
- Mmm, reminds me of this May 2008 BBC story titled Isolated tribe spotted in Brazil. Did Carty make a similar discovery in Toledo?
Past related Toledo Talk postings :
- July 10, 2003 - Toledo residents continue to leave for suburbs
- October 8, 2003 - Sprawlsville, population: someone you know
- June 21, 2006 - Toledo & Ohio Shrink; When Will Our Government?
- August 16, 2006 - Toledo's population 'dips' below 300,000
- March 22, 2007 - People leaving Lucas County
- June 28, 2007 - Numbers on Toledo's continual population decline
From the July 10, 2008 Blade story about Toledo's July 2007 estimated population :
Toledo, Cleveland, Dayton, and Akron all had population decreases in 2007 over 2006, according to the estimates. Toledo and Cleveland also were among the biggest losers in the nation of population over the last seven years, according to the census estimates. Toledo was the eighth biggest loser, declining by 6 percent from 313,782 in 2000 to 295,029 in 2007. Cleveland was the second biggest loser over the last seven years - shedding 8.3 percent of its population, or 39,430 people, to reach the 2007 estimate of 438,042.Columbus continued its steady growth, and Cincinnati reversed years of decline, which it did through a challenge of the census estimate in 2005 - also with the help of Social Compact. Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory said yesterday that he, too, would challenge the 2007 census estimate. That city showed a small increase in 2007 of 826 people, bringing the total to 332,458.
Recent Census Estimates
Toledo's approximate, estimated population. These numbers vary, depending upon which news article you read. Strange.
- July 2002 : 309,106
- July 2003 : ???
- July 2004 : 304,734
- July 2005 : 301,285 - 301,728
- July 2006 : 297,806 - 298,446
- July 2007 : 295,029
Past Census Survey Counts
From Toledo's Wikipedia entry, population numbers based upon the census survey:
1920 : 243,164
1930 : 290,718
1940 : 282,349
1950 : 303,616
1960 : 318,003
1970 : 383,818
1980 : 354,635 -7.6%
1990 : 332,943 -6.1%
2000 : 313,619 -5.8%
If Toledo's population declines at the 5.8% rate for this decade, the 2010 census for Toledo will be 295,429, assuming my math is correct.
And according to Wikipedia:
So in the last 40 years or so, the U.S. population has increased 50% while Toledo's population has declined 22%.
In July 2006, former Toledo Mayor Jack Ford expressed his thoughts about Toledo's population decline :
In the June 2006 Toledo Blade story titled Toledo shrinks 13th-fastest of U.S. cities, census says; 1.1% population drop in '05 among worst in Ohio, Toledo City councilman Frank Szollosi was quoted as saying : "It's an indication that taxes are too high in Toledo."
From the August 2006 Toledo Blade story titled Population of Toledo dips below 300,000 :
"It seems to me to be fairly obvious. We have lost a number of our major companies in Toledo in the last few decades, and the people went with them," he said. "We lost many of the manufacturers that were the base of good, solid jobs for many people."Mr. Folger said the growth of suburbs and the recent phenomenon of "exurbs" expanding beyond suburbs into rural areas "happened at the expense of the core city and it is happening in other cities in Ohio and across the country."
In the June 2007 Toledo Blade story titled Population keeps falling in Toledo, Carty Finkbeiner was quoted as saying :
From March 22, 2007 Toledo Blade story titled Lucas County is still shrinking as neighbors like Monroe County grow :
According to the census estimates, Toledo lost around 15,000 people from the 2000 census survey to the July 2006 census estimate.