Census shows changes in area communities 03.30.2011

Written by David Green.

Jobs have disappeared and workers have followed suit.

That’s the story of the 2011 U.S. Census in this part of the country.

Morenci recorded a loss of 178 people during the past decade, a drop of 7.4 percent. Fayette’s loss of 57 people represents a decline of 4.25 percent.

In Lyons there was a slight growth to 562 people (an increase of three) while Dover Township showed a growth of 110 people to 1,578, an increase of 7.5 percent.

Medina Township’s population fell by 11 percent to 1,090 and Seneca’s fell by 5.6 percent to 1,230.

Across the border, Chesterfield stands at 1,012 (-3.6 percent), Gorham at 2,260 (-4.7 percent), and Franklin at 743 (+0.5 percent).

Lenawee Count showed a slight increase of just under one percent to stand at 99,892. Fulton County grew by 1.46 percent for a total of 42,698 residents.

The loss of residents has, in turn, led an increase in housing vacancies for many communities.

The 2010 census showed 86 vacancies in Fayette, more than 14 percent of it total stock of 591 units. Lyons had 22 vacant units or 8.8 percent of the existing units.

Morenci showed 130 of 951 units empty, for 13.7 percent. In the townships, the vacancy in Medina stood at 10.7 percent and in Seneca 9.2 percent.

In the 2000 census, Morenci’s vacancy percentage was 6.9 percent, Seneca’s was 4.1 percent and Medina’s was 6.8 percent.

Information from the Columbus Dispatch’s searchable census database

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