2018 County Population Estimates




Yesterday morning, the Census released the most recent population figures for counties, Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Consolidated Statistical Areas, albeit a full month later than they are normally released. The estimates cover the year from July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018. For Part 1, we are going to take a look at counties.

Here are Ohio’s 88 counties and their populations for Census 2010, July 1, 2017 and July 1, 2018. The counties highlighted by color are as follows:
Akron Metro Counties
Canton Metro Counties
Cincinnati Metro Counties (Ohio Only)
Cleveland Metro Counties
Columbus Metro Counties
Dayton Metro Counties
Toledo Metro Counties
Youngstown Metro Counties
Black are non-metro counties.

Census 2010——————————July 1, 2017————————-July 1, 2018
1. Cuyahoga: 1,280,122——–1. Franklin: 1,295,706——————1. Franklin: 1,310,300
2. Franklin: 1,163,414———–2. Cuyahoga: 1,248,371————2. Cuyahoga: 1,243,857
3. Hamilton: 802,374————-3. Hamilton: 814,671——————-3. Hamilton: 816,684
4. Summit: 541,781————–4. Summit: 541,742———————-4. Summit: 541,918
5. Montgomery: 535,153——–5. Montgomery: 531,669———–5. Montgomery: 532,331
6. Lucas: 441,815—————–6. Lucas: 431,033———————–6. Lucas: 429,899
7. Stark: 375,586——————7. Butler: 380,843———————–7. Butler: 382,378
8. Butler: 368,130—————–8. Stark: 372,077————————8. Stark: 371,574
9. Lorain: 301,356—————-9. Lorain: 307,622———————–9. Lorain: 309,461
10. Mahoning: 238,823———10. Lake: 230,370————————10. Warren: 232,173
11. Lake: 230,041—————-11. Mahoning: 230,010——————11. Lake: 230,514
12. Warren: 212,693————-12. Warren: 228,859——————12. Mahoning: 229,642
13. Trumbull: 210,312———–13. Clermont: 204,171—————–13. Clermont: 205,466
14. Clermont: 197,363———–14. Delaware: 200,542—————14. Delaware: 204,826
15. Delaware: 174,214———–15. Trumbull: 200,314—————-15. Trumbull: 198,627
16. Medina: 172,332————–16. Medina: 178,240——————16. Medina: 179,146
17. Licking: 166,492—————17. Licking: 173,670——————17. Licking: 175,769
18. Greene: 161,573————–18. Greene: 166,779——————18. Greene: 167,995
19. Portage: 161,419————–19. Portage: 162,625—————–19. Portage: 162,927
20. Fairfield: 146,156————–20. Fairfield: 154,557—————-20. Fairfield: 155,782
21. Clark: 138,333——————21. Clark: 134,649——————–21. Clark: 134,585
22. Wood: 125,488—————–22. Wood: 130,532——————-22. Wood: 130,696
23. Richland: 124,475————-23. Richland: 120,543—————23. Richland: 121,099
24. Wayne: 114,520—————-24. Wayne: 116,247—————–24. Wayne: 115,967
25. Columbiana: 107,841———25. Miami: 105,265——————25. Miami: 106,222
26. Allen: 106,331—————26. Columbiana: 103,149———-26. Columbiana: 102,665
27. Miami: 102,506—————–27. Allen: 103,069——————-27. Allen: 102,663
28. Ashtabula: 101,497————28. Ashtabula: 97,692————-28. Ashtabula: 97,493
29. Geauga: 93,389—————-29. Geauga: 93,946—————-29. Geauga: 94,031
30. Tuscarawas: 92,582———–30. Tuscarawas: 92,411———-30. Tuscarawas: 92,176
31. Muskingum: 86,074————31. Muskingum: 86,148———-31. Muskingum: 86,183
32. Scioto: 79,499——————-32. Ross: 77,320——————-32. Ross: 76,931
33. Ross: 78,064——————–33. Scioto: 75,898——————33. Hancock: 75,930
34. Erie: 77,079———————-34. Hancock: 75,869————–34. Scioto: 75,502
35. Hancock: 74,782—————35. Erie: 74,857———————35. Erie: 74,615
36. Belmont: 70,400—————-36. Belmont: 67,958—————36. Belmont: 67,505
37. Jefferson: 69,709—————37. Athens: 66,664—————–37. Athens: 65,818
38. Marion: 66,501——————38. Jefferson: 66,366————–38. Jefferson: 65,767
39. Athens: 64,757——————39. Marion: 64,941—————–39. Marion: 65,256
40. Lawrence: 62,450—————40. Knox: 61,303——————-40. Knox: 61,893
41. Washington: 61,778———–41. Washington: 60,462———-41. Washington: 60,155
42. Sandusky: 60,944—————42. Lawrence: 60,111————42. Lawrence: 59,866
43. Knox: 60,921———————43. Sandusky: 59,112————-43. Sandusky: 58,799
44. Huron: 59,626——————–44. Huron: 58,462—————–44. Huron: 58,504
45. Seneca: 56,745——————45. Pickaway: 57,762————-45. Pickaway: 58,086
46. Pickaway: 55,698—————-46. Union: 56,797—————–46. Union: 57,835
47. Ashland: 53,139——————47. Seneca: 55,281—————47. Seneca: 55,207
48. Darke: 52,959———————48. Ashland: 53,685————–48. Ashland: 53,745
49. Union: 52,300———————-49. Darke: 51,577—————-49. Darke: 51,323
50. Shelby: 49,423——————–50. Shelby: 48,703—————-50. Shelby: 48,627
51. Auglaize: 45,949—————–51. Auglaize: 45,791————–51. Auglaize: 45,804
52. Logan: 45,858——————–52. Logan: 45,282—————–52. Logan: 45,358
53. Brown: 44,846——————–53. Madison: 44,047————–53. Madison: 44,413
54. Crawford: 43,784—————-54. Holmes: 43,887—————-54. Holmes: 43,892
55. Highland: 43,589—————–55. Brown: 43,530—————–55. Brown: 43,602
56. Madison: 43,435—————–56. Highland: 42,933————–56. Highland: 43,058
57. Fulton: 42,698——————–57. Fulton: 42,265——————57. Fulton: 42,276
58. Holmes: 42,366——————58. Clinton: 41,966—————–58. Clinton: 42,057
59. Preble: 42,270——————-59. Crawford: 41,741—————59. Crawford: 41,550
60. Clinton: 42,040——————-60. Preble: 41,114——————60. Preble: 40,997
61. Ottawa: 41,428——————-61. Mercer: 40,910—————–61. Mercer: 40,959
62. Mercer: 40,814——————-62. Ottawa: 40,632—————–62. Ottawa: 40,769
63. Champaign: 40,097—————-63. Guernsey: 39,071———–63. Guernsey: 39,022
64. Guernsey: 40,087—————–64. Champaign: 38,824——–64. Champaign: 38,754
65. Defiance: 39,037—————–65. Defiance: 38,224—————65. Defiance: 38,165
66. Williams: 37,642—————–66. Williams: 36,746—————66. Williams: 36,804
67. Coshocton: 36,901—————-67. Coshocton: 36,516———-67. Coshocton: 36,629
68. Perry: 36,058——————–68. Perry: 35,994——————68. Perry: 36,033
69. Morrow: 34,827——————-69. Morrow: 34,943—————–69. Morrow: 35,112
70. Putnam: 34,499——————-70. Putnam: 33,854—————–70. Putnam: 33,780
71. Jackson: 33,225——————71. Jackson: 32,385—————-71. Jackson: 32,384
72. Hardin: 32,058——————-72. Hardin: 31,406—————–72. Hardin: 31,480
73. Gallia: 30,934——————-73. Gallia: 30,143—————–73. Gallia: 29,979
74. Hocking: 29,380——————74. Fayette: 28,655—————-74. Fayette: 28,666
75. Fayette: 29,030——————75. Hocking: 28,457—————-75. Hocking: 28,385
76. Carroll: 28,836——————76. Van Wert: 28,291—————76. Van Wert: 28,281
77. Van Wert: 28,744—————–77. Pike: 28,227——————-77. Pike: 28,067
78. Pike: 28,709———————78. Adams: 27,805——————78. Adams: 27,724
79. Adams: 28,550——————–79. Carroll: 27,341—————-79. Henry: 27,086
80. Henry: 28,215——————–80. Henry: 27,163——————80. Carroll: 27,081
81. Meigs: 23,770——————–81. Meigs: 23,081——————81. Meigs: 23,106
82. Wyandot: 22,615——————82. Wyandot: 22,064————82. Wyandot: 21,935
83. Paulding: 19,614—————–83. Paulding: 18,838—————83. Paulding: 18,760
84. Harrison: 15,864—————–84. Harrison: 15,210—————84. Harrison: 15,174
85. Morgan: 15,054——————-85. Morgan: 14,683—————–85. Morgan: 14,604
86. Noble: 14,645——————–86. Noble: 14,411——————86. Noble: 14,354
87. Monroe: 14,642——————-87. Monroe: 13,950—————–87. Monroe: 13,790
88. Vinton: 13,435——————-88. Vinton: 13,101—————–88. Vinton: 13,139

Total Population Change
2010-2018————————————————2017-2018
1. Franklin: +146,768—————————–1. Franklin: +14,594
2. Delaware: +30,654—————————–2. Delaware: +4,284
3. Warren: +19,353——————————-3. Warren: +3,314
4. Hamilton: +14,312—————————–4. Licking: +2,099
5. Butler: +14,243———————————5. Hamilton: +2,013
6. Fairfield: +9,600——————————–6. Lorain: +1,839
7. Licking: +9,287———————————-7. Butler: +1,535
8. Clermont: +8,101——————————-8. Clermont: +1,295
9. Lorain: +8,090———————————–9. Fairfield: +1,225
10. Medina: 6,813———————————10. Greene: +1,216
11. Greene: +6,419——————————-11. Union: +1,038
12. Union: +5,555———————————12. Miami: +957
13. Wood: +5,207———————————13. Medina: +906
14. Miami: +3,721———————————14. Montgomery: +662
15. Pickaway: +2,406—————————–15. Knox: +590
16. Holmes: +1,529——————————-16. Richland: +556
17. Portage: +1,502——————————-17. Madison: +366
18. Wayne: +1,451——————————–18. Pickaway: +324
19. Hancock: +1,141——————————19. Marion: +315
20. Athens: +1,054——————————–20. Portage: +302
21. Madison: +975———————————21. Summit: +176
22. Knox: +961————————————-22. Morrow: +169
23. Geauga: +622———————————23. Wood: +164
24. Ashland: +605———————————24. Lake: +144
25. Lake: +464————————————-25. Ottawa: +137
26. Morrow: +283———————————26. Highland: +125
27. Mercer: +145———————————-27. Coshocton: +113
28. Summit: +140———————————28. Clinton: +91
29. Muskingum: +97—————————–29. Geauga: +85
30. Clinton: +22———————————–30. Logan: +76
31. Perry: -6—————————————-31. Hardin: +74
32. Auglaize: -145———————————32. Brown: +72
33. Coshocton: -269——————————33. Hancock: +61
34. Vinton: -291————————————34. Ashland: +60
35. Noble: -302————————————-35. Williams: +58
36. Fayette: -369———————————-36. Mercer: +49
37. Tuscarawas: -411—————————–37. Huron: +42
38. Fulton: -422————————————38. Perry: +39
39. Morgan: -449———————————-39. Vinton: +38
40. Van Wert: -478——————————–40. Muskingum: +35
41. Logan: -493————————————41. Meigs: +25
42. Highland: -544——————————–42. Auglaize: +13
43. Hardin: -580———————————–43. Fayette: +11
44. Pike: -638————————————–44. Fulton: +11
45. Meigs: -661————————————45. Holmes: +5
46. Ottawa: -664———————————-46. Jackson: -1
47. Wyandot: -682——————————–47. Van Wert: -10
48. Harrison: -686——————————–48. Harrison: -36
49. Putnam: -716———————————49. Guernsey: -49
50. Shelby: -791———————————-50. Noble: -57
51. Adams: -835———————————-51. Defiance: -59
52. Jackson: -841———————————52. Clark: -64
53. Monroe: -841———————————-53. Champaign: -70
54. Williams: -844——————————–54. Hocking: -72
55. Paulding: -850——————————–55. Putnam: -74
56. Defiance: -865——————————–56. Seneca: -74
57. Gallia: -963————————————57. Shelby: -76
58. Hocking: -988———————————58. Henry: -77
59. Guernsey: -1,069—————————-59. Paulding: -78
60. Huron: -1,119———————————60. Morgan: -79
61. Henry: -1,129———————————61. Adams: -81
62. Ross: -1,147———————————-62. Preble: -117
63. Brown: -1,226——————————–63. Wyandot: -129
64. Marion: -1,245——————————-64. Monroe: -160
65. Preble: -1,261——————————–65. Pike: -160
66. Champaign: -1,345————————-66. Gallia: -164
67. Seneca: -1,535——————————67. Crawford: -191
68. Washington: -1,626————————68. Ashtabula: -199
69. Darke: -1,646——————————–69. Tuscarawas: -235
70. Carroll: -1,754——————————-70. Erie: -242
71. Sandusky: -2,147—————————71. Lawrence: -245
72. Crawford: -2,233—————————-72. Darke: -254
73. Erie: -2,451———————————–73. Carroll: -260
74. Lawrence: -2,582—————————74. Wayne: -280
75. Montgomery: -2,860———————–75. Washington: -307
76. Belmont: -2,900—————————-76. Sandusky: -313
77. Richland: -3,375—————————77. Mahoning: -368
78. Allen: -3,652——————————–78. Ross: -389
79. Clark: -3,756——————————–79. Scioto: -396
80. Jefferson: -3,944—————————80. Allen: -405
81. Scioto: -3,991——————————-81. Belmont: -451
82. Ashtabula: -3,997————————–82. Columbiana: -484
83. Stark: -4,016——————————–83. Stark: -503
84. Columbiana: -5,187———————–84. Jefferson: -599
85. Mahoning: -9,146————————–85. Athens: -846
86. Trumbull: -11,698————————–86. Lucas: -1,134
87. Lucas: -11,916—————————–87. Trumbull: -1,687
88. Cuyahoga: -36,258———————–88. Cuyahoga: -4,514

While Franklin County is still the number 1 growth county in the state, it’s total growth was estimated to have slowed down significantly from other years this decade. This is very likely false, for reasons explained below.

Components of County Population Change

Top 20 Counties with the Most Births
2010-2018————————————————-2017-2018
1. Franklin: +153,483———————————-1. Franklin: +18,799
2. Cuyahoga: +122,180——————————-2. Cuyahoga: +14,287
3. Hamilton: +89,630———————————-3. Hamilton: +10,603
4. Montgomery: +54,914—————————–4. Montgomery: +6,551
5. Summit: +49,974———————————–5. Summit: +5,842
6. Lucas: +46,264————————————-6. Lucas: +5,370
7. Butler: +37,216————————————-7. Butler: +4,399
8. Stark: +34,138————————————–8. Stark: +4,016
9. Lorain: +27,575————————————-9. Lorain: +3,183
10. Mahoning: +19,818——————————10. Mahoning: +2,426
11. Warren: +19,773———————————-11. Warren: +2,312
12. Clermont: +19,253——————————–12. Clermont: +2,262
13. Lake: +18,571————————————-13. Lake: +2,165
14. Delaware: +17,685——————————-14. Delaware: +2,054
15. Trumbull: +17,221——————————–15. Trumbull: +2,040
16. Licking: +16,254———————————-16. Licking: +1,976
17. Greene: +14,728———————————-17. Greene: +1,753
18. Medina: +14,581———————————-18. Medina: +1,752
19. Fairfield: +13,873———————————19. Fairfield: +1,704
20. Clark: +13,123————————————-20. Clark: +1,534

Top 20 Counties with the Most Deaths
2010-2018———————————————–2017-2018
1. Cuyahoga: -112,767—————————–1. Cuyahoga: -13,658
2. Franklin: -75,442———————————-2. Franklin: -9,918
3. Hamilton: -64,407——————————–3. Hamilton: -8,002
4. Montgomery: -48,801—————————4. Montgomery: -6,034
5. Summit: -46,819———————————5. Summit: -5,795
6. Lucas: -36,253————————————6. Lucas: -4,422
7. Stark: -33,961————————————-7. Stark: -4,135
8. Butler: -26,244————————————8. Butler: -3,457
9. Mahoning: -24,941——————————-9. Lorain: -3,054
10. Lorain :-24,500———————————-10. Mahoning: -2,891
11. Trumbull: -20,862——————————-11. Trumbull: -2,515
12. Lake: -19,886————————————12. Lake: -2,508
13. Clark: -14,039————————————13. Warren: -1,834
14. Clermont: -13,810——————————-14. Clermont: -1,792
15. Warren: -13,260———————————15. Clark: -1,675
16. Licking: -12,788———————————-16. Licking: -1,637
17. Medina: -11,745———————————-17. Medina: -1,517
18. Portage: -11,552———————————18. Greene: -1,466
19. Greene: -11,413———————————19. Portage: -1,434
20. Richland: -11,405——————————–20. Richland:: -1,406

Top 20 Counties with the Most Natural Growth (Births vs. Deaths)
2010-2018———————————————–2017-2018
1. Franklin +78,041———————————-1. Franklin: +8,881
2. Hamilton: +25,223——————————–2. Hamilton: +2,601
3. Butler: +10,972————————————3. Lucas: +948
4. Lucas: +10,011————————————4. Butler: +942
5. Cuyahoga: +9,413——————————–5. Delaware: +879
6. Delaware: +9,199———————————6. Cuyahoga :+629
7. Warren: +6,513————————————7. Montgomery: +517
8. Montgomery: +6,113—————————–8. Warren: +478
9. Clermont: +5,443———————————9. Clermont: +470
10. Fairfield: +3,776———————————10. Holmes: +383
11. Holmes: +3,713———————————-11. Wayne: +357
12. Wayne: +3,668———————————-12. Fairfield: +345
13. Licking: +3,466———————————–13. Licking: +339
14. Greene: +3,315———————————-14. Union: +299
15. Summit: +3,155———————————-15. Greene: +287
16. Lorain: +3,075————————————16. Wood: +277
17. Medina: +2,836———————————-17. Medina: +235
18. Wood: +2,512————————————-18. Mercer: +230
19. Union: +2,312————————————-19. Hancock: +173
20. Hancock: +1,526———————————20. Miami and Shelby: +151

Natural growth continues to be strong in Franklin County, and the 2017-2018 number is higher than the yearly average this decade.

Top 20 Counties with the Most Domestic Migration
2010-2018——————————————–2017-2018

1. Delaware: +18,783—————————1. Delaware: +3,111
2. Franklin: +18,156—————————–2. Warren: +2,470
3. Warren: +9,444——————————–3. Licking: +1,677
4. Licking: +5,040——————————–4. Lorain: +972
5. Fairfield: +4,786——————————-5. Fairfield: +785
6. Medina: +3,535——————————–6. Clermont: +746
7. Union: +2,613———————————-7. Miami: +735
8. Clermont: +2,120—————————–8. Union: +666
9. Miami: +2,030———————————9. Medina: +642
10. Pickaway: +1,833————————–10. Richland: +630
11. Wood: +1,175——————————–11. Greene: +603
12. Lorain: +705———————————12. Knox: +490
13. Ottawa: +560——————————–13. Pickaway: +349
14. Madison: +479——————————14. Ottawa: +335
15. Knox: +48————————————-15. Madison: +311
16. Morrow: -189———————————16. Marion: +303
17. Morgan: -241———————————17. Morrow: +144
18. Vinton: -315———————————–18. Brown: +111
19. Harrison: -329——————————–19. Highland: +88
20. Fayette: -340———————————-20. Lake: +83

Domestic migration is where the growth rate of Franklin County was most affected in the estimates. In 2016-2017, domestic migration was estimated to be nearly 6,000, but in 2017-2018, at -213. There is no real explanation for this, and is entirely unrealistic. Franklin County has been gradually improving its domestic migration numbers for the last 20 or so years, and has been positive for the better part of a decade, with 2016-2017 being the highest. There is no logical reason why domestic migration would suddenly collapse from the highest in decades to a negative, especially in light over overall historically high growth rates and its increasing attraction to the rest of the country. I suspect this is merely a year that the Census used to adjust where they think overall domestic migration is for the decade and not any true representation of actual domestic migration. There is little doubt that domestic migration was positive last year. In any event, this is why the overall county growth was off by a good 3K-5K from all other years this decade.

Top 20 Counties with the Most International Migration
2010-2018——————————————–2017-2018

1. Franklin: +50,857—————————–1. Franklin: +5,967
2. Cuyahoga: +29,042————————–2. Cuyahoga: +3,846
3. Hamilton: +17,330—————————-3. Hamilton: +2,062
4. Summit: +8,869——————————-4. Summit: +1,047
5. Montgomery: +8,740————————-5. Montgomery: +938
6. Butler: +6,304———————————-6. Lorain: +760
7. Lorain: +4,561———————————-7. Butler: +721
8. Portage: +4,239——————————-8. Portage: +524
9. Greene: +3,950——————————–9. Lucas: +478
10. Lucas: +3,930——————————–10. Mahoning: +466
11. Warren: +3,586——————————-11. Lake: +418
12. Lake: +2,592———————————-12. Warren: +376
13. Mahoning: +2,591—————————-13. Greene: +341
14. Delaware: +2,584—————————-14. Delaware: +290
15. Athens: +2,426——————————–15. Athens: +251
16. Wood: +1,517———————————-16. Wood: +161
17. Fairfield: +1,155——————————-17. Hancock: +131
18. Stark: +1,113———————————–18. Fairfield: +113
19. Hancock: +1,053——————————19. Wayne: +110
20. Wayne: +966———————————–20. Stark: +108

Top 20 Counties with the Most Migration
2010-2018—————————————–2017-2018

1. Franklin: +69,013————————–1. Franklin: +5,754
2. Delaware: +21,367————————2. Delaware: +3,401
3. Warren: +13,030—————————3. Warren: +2,846
4. Licking: +5,973—————————–4. Licking: +1,765
5. Fairfield: +5,941—————————-5. Lorain: +1,732
6. Lorain: +5,266——————————6. Greene: +944
7. Medina: +4,140—————————–7. Fairfield: +898
8. Butler: +3,494——————————-8. Clermont: +833
9. Union: +3,245——————————-9. Miami: +813
10. Greene: +3,132————————–10. Union: +741
11. Clermont: +2,844————————11. Medina: +685
12. Miami: +2,699—————————-12. Richland: +665
13. Wood: +2,692—————————–13. Butler: +608
14. Lake: +1,979——————————14. Lake: +501
15. Pickaway: +1,921————————15. Knox: +484
16. Portage: +1,280—————————16. Portage: +371
17. Madison: +836—————————–17. Pickaway: +358
18. Ottawa: +552——————————-18. Madison: +354
19. Athens: +504——————————-19. Ottawa: +330
20. Ashland: +132—————————–20. Marion: +307

Overall, Franklin County is still in line to reach a population of around 1.35 to 1.36 million in 2020.




Winter 2018-2019 Statistics




I get a lot of requests and searches for weather information on this site. Weather pages are actually some of the most popular. So I created a new page specifically focusing on the current winter season. It will have up-to-date stats dealing with snowfall, temperature, etc. This new page is here: Winter 2018-2019

The Biggest Snowstorms of All Time





Near blizzard conditions in Columbus just before 1am on 1/20/2019.

In light of yesterday’s strange storm that challenged local forecasters, I thought it might be time to look at Columbus’ biggest snow events since records began in 1878.

Top 20 Largest 1-Day Snowfalls
1. 3/8/2008: 15.5″
2. 4/4/1987: 12.3″
3. 1/6/1910: 11.9″
4. 2/15/2010: 9.7″
5. 3/19/1906: 9.6″
6. 2/5/2010: 9.0″
7. 2/8/1971, 2/16/2003: 8.9″
8. 1/7/1996: 8.8″
9. 3/5/1962: 8.6″
10. 1/8/1884: 8.5″
11. 2/16/1910: 8.2″
12. 12/3/1957: 7.9″

Top 12 Largest 2-Day Snowfalls
1. 3/7-3/8/2008: 20.5″
2. 3/8-3/9/2008: 15.5″
3. 2/16-2/17/1910: 15.0″
4. 1/6-1/7/1910: 12.7″
5. 4/4-4/5/1987: 12.5″
6. 4/3-4/4/1987: 12.4″
7. 2/15-2/16/2003: 12.0″
8. 1/5-1/6/1910: 11.9″
9. 2/16-2/17/2003: 10.8″
10. 2/11-2/12/1910, 2/4-2/5/2014: 10.6″
11. 2/15-2/16/2010: 10.4″
12. 1/8-1/9/1884: 10.2″

Top 12 Largest 7-Day Snowfalls
1. 2/11-2/17/1910: 25.6″
2. 2/12-2/18/1910: 21.4″
3. 3/2-3/8/2008, 3/3-3/9/2008, 3/4-3/10/2008, 3/5-3/11/2008: 21.2″
4. 3/6-3/12/2008, 3/7-3/13/2008: 20.5″
5. 1/14-1/20/1978: 19.0″
6. 2/10-2/16/1910: 18.8″
7. 3/30-4/5/1987: 18.3″
8. 3/29-4/4/1987: 18.1
9. 1/15-1/21/1978, 1/16-1/22/1978: 17.8″
10. 2/13-2/19/2003, 2/14-2/20/2003: 17.5″
11. 2/10-2/16/2003: 17.0″
12. 4/1-4/7/1886, 4/2-4/8/1886: 16.9″

Top 12 Largest 15-Day Snowfalls
1. 2/8-2/22/1910, 2/9-2/23/1910: 28.8″
2. 2/3-2/17/1910: 28.5″
3. 2/4-2/18/1910, 2/5-2/19/1910, 2/6-2/20/1910, 2/7-2/21/1910: 28.4″
4. 2/10-2/24/1910, 2/11-2/25/1910: 26.3″
5. 2/2-2/16/2010: 25.8″
6. 1/7-1/21/1978, 1/8-1/22/1978: 25.7″
7. 1/6-1/20/1978, 2/3-2/17/2010, 2/4-2/18/2010, 2/5-2/19/2010: 25.5″
8. 1/12-1/26/1978: 25.2″
9. 2/1-2/15/2010: 25.1″
10. 3/10-3/24/1906, 3/11-3/25/1906, 1/13-1/27/1978: 24.8″
11. 1/14-1/28/1978, 2/10-2/24/2003: 24.5″
12. 3/6-3/20/1906, 3/7-3/21/1906: 23.8″

Top 12 Largest 30-Day Snowfalls
1. 1/20-2/18/1910, 1/21-2/19/1910: 37.9″
2. 1/19-2/17/1910: 37.6″
3. 1/22-2/20/1910: 35.3″
4. 1/2-1/31/1978, 1/3-2/1/1978, 1/4-2/2/1978, 1/5-2/3/1978: 34.0″
5. 1/8-2/6/1978: 33.8″
6. 1/1-1/30/1978, 1/7-2/5/1978: 33.6″
7. 12/30/1977-1/28/1978, 12/31/1977-1/29/1978: 33.4″
8. 12/29/1977-1/27/1978: 32.8″
9. 12/28/1977-1/26/1978: 32.5″
10. 1/6-2/4/1978: 32.0″
11. 2/8-3/8/2008: 31.8″
12. 1/24-2/22/1910, 1/25-2/23/1910, 1/26-2/24/1910, 1/27-2/25/1910, 1/28-2/26/1910, 1/29-2/27/1910, 1/30-2/28/1910, 1/26-2/24/2003: 30.7″

Certain years show up on all the lists, including 1906, 1910, 1978, 2003, 2008 and 2010. These winters all had periods of extreme snowfall and are considered “historic”.
Check out more All-Time records here: All-Time Weather




Ohio Had a Very Wet 2018




If your yard has been a swampy no man’s land all year, there’s a reason for it. 2018 was one of the wettest years ever across the state. In some cities, almost every month featured above normal precipitation. Let’s take a look across the state to see how places fared in this extraordinarily soggy period.


Here were the final 2018 totals in major Ohio cities and how they rank since their records began.

Cincinnati: 55.90″ 3rd wettest since 1871.
Columbus: 55.18″ 1st wettest since 1878.
Cleveland: 51.47″ 4th wettest since 1871.
Youngstown: 50.97″ 2nd wettest since 1896.
Dayton: 48.99″ 10th wettest since 1893.
Akron: 48.46″ 5th wettest since 1896.
Toledo: 38.01″ 22nd wettest since 1871.

In big cities in Ohio, only Toledo managed to avoid having a top 10 wettest year. Columbus had its wettest on record, beating the previous record of 54.96″ set just a few years ago in 2011.

Locally in the Columbus metro, here were some other totals.
Newark: 56.01″
Marysville: 51.12″
Lancaster: 50.51″
Circleville: 46.66″
OSU Campus: 46.66″

Biggest Individual Precipitation Day and Rank
Cincinnati: 5.02″ on 8/16/2018, 2nd highest since 1871.
Youngstown: 3.50″ on 9/9/2018, 11th highest since 1896.
Dayton: 2.88″ on 4/3/2018, 24th highest since 1893.
Akron: 2.50″ on 9/9/2018, unranked.
Cleveland: 2.12″ on 11/1/2018, unranked.
Columbus: 2.06″ on 4/15/2018, unranked.
Toledo: 1.62″ on 3/1/2018, unranked.

Cincinnati had 2 days in the top 10, but most other cities had just constant rain rather than exceptionally high individual totals.

Total 2018 Measurable Precipitation Days and Rank
Youngstown: 191 1st most since 1896.
Akron: 180 1st most since 1896.
Cleveland: 177 8th most since 1871.
Columbus: 162 6th most since 1878.
Cincinnati: 151 7th most since 1871.
Dayton: 148 10th most since 1893.
Toledo: 142 16th most since 1871.

3 cities saw more than half their days with measurable precipitation. Columbus came in at just under 50%. This also had the unfortunate result of making most of the year feel unusually gloomy. Traditionally sunny months in the summer and fall were much cloudier than normal.

Total 2018 1″+ Precipitation Days and Rank
Columbus: 15 1st most since 1878.
Cleveland: 13 2nd most since 1871.
Cincinnati: 12 7th most since 1871.
Dayton: 11 6th most since 1893.
Akron: 10 5th most since 1896.
Toledo: 7 7th most since 1871.
Youngstown: 5 9th most since 1896.

Columbus had the most 1″ days of any year on record, and even beat every other major Ohio city.

Wettest 2018 Months
Cincinnati: 8.21″ in August
Youngstown: 7.91″ in September
Akron: 7.26″ in September
Dayton: 6.72″ in September
Columbus: 6.71″ in June
Cleveland: 6.68″ in July
Toledo: 5.91″ in May

No cities saw any of their months be even close to the wettest ever. There were not really any events with heavy flooding, either, except in February in Cincinnati, when the Ohio River reached the highest since the 1997 flood. There was also some scattered flooding from some tropical system remnants that passed through, particularly in September, but for the most part, it was just constantly wet from beginning to end in most places.

Cincinnati flooding in February, 2018.

One might ask if 2018 was merely a blip or part of a long-term trend in the state. Climate scientists have actually looked at this, and the state has indeed been getting both warmer and wetter over the last century or so, but the pace of both the warming and the increase in precipitation has been much faster since the 1970s. Many of the Ohio’s wettest years on record have occurred since 1990.

The Week in Review #2

So last week, the FBI finally released the full crime numbers for 2017 for all cities. How did Columbus fare? Well, it was a decidedly mixed bag. Total murders were their highest ever, at 143, but the rate fell quite short of the record set back in 1991. So far for 2018, murder is behind 2017’s rate by about 22%, so it’s a good improvement, but still not even close to where it should be.

Other violent crime figures 2016 to 2017
-Rape continued its multi-year rise in the city, reaching 919 incidents. This was a 6% increase over 2016.
-Assaults were up 4% over 2016, but in the context of still being one of the lowest totals in the past 30 years.
-Robberies were down almost 8.5% over 2016.
-Despite the rises in most types of violent crime, the drop in robberies meant overall violent crime dropped by about 0.5%.
Property crime figures 2016 to 2017
-Burglaries were down more than 8%.
-Larceny thefts were down about 2.9%
-Motor vehicle thefts were up 17.6%, so not a good trend, but still less than half the rate it was 15-20 years ago.
-Overall property crime was down about 2% versus 2016.

And if you think this year’s been particularly wet, you are right! Through October 1st, Columbus is having its 3rd wettest year on record. Only 1882 and 1890 are ahead of 2018 at this point, and by barely 1″. 2018 at this point is running almost 14″ above normal.
Top 10 Wettest Years Through October 1st
1. 1882: 44.55″
2. 1890: 43.56″
3. 2018: 43.31″
4. 1979: 42.17″
5. 2003: 41.58″
6. 2011: 41.12″
7. 1990: 39.10″
8. 1949: 38.54″
9. 2004: 38.46″
10. 1996: 37.46″
It is surprising how many recent years are on this list. Still with 3 months to go, the pattern could break, but it’s very unlikely that 2018 doesn’t end up in the top 10. Here are the top 10 wettest full years.
1. 2011: 54.96″
2. 1990: 53.16″
3. 1882: 51.30″
4. 1890: 50.73″
5. 2004: 49.27″
6. 1979: 49.17″
7. 2003: 49.03″
8. 1883: 48.88″
9. 1881: 46.99″
10. 2017: 46.61″

Guess it could always be worse.