Strongsville is Getting Older, New Census Figures Show
Median age increases; fewer people own their homes; households are smaller, data says
Strongsville aged significantly over the last 10 years, newly released U.S. Census figures show.
The median age leaped from 39.1 in 2000 to 45.2 in 2010, the data shows.
Statewide, the median age is 38.8.
People 62 and older, who a decade ago made up 27.2 percent of the city's population, today account for 36.2 percent.
"That is a big jump," City Planner Bob Hill acknowledged.
Hill said he could not explain the increase, other than that some older people may be choosing to stay in Strongsville while some younger ones, like new college graduates, are leaving town.
But some increase in the median age is to be expected. "We are an aging population," Hill said.
Some other key figures in the new census information:
• While the population increased by only 892 people (43,858 to 44,750), the number of housing units went up by 1,613. There are now 18,476 housing units in Strongsville.
• Household size has decreased, going from 2.69 in 2000 to 2.52 today. Statewide, the average is 2.44.
• Fewer people in Strongsville are homeowners. Among occupied housing units, the ownership rate is 80.8 percent, while a decade ago it was 87.6 percent.
• There are 817 vacant homes in Strongsville, about 4.4 percent of the total. Ten years ago, there were 654.