Strongsville is getting smaller, a newly released estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau shows.
While the official 2010 census count put the city at 44,750 residents, that figure dropped to 44,400 in 2011, the estimate says -- a loss of 350 people in one year.
City officials weren't happy with the 2010 census figures, which showed Strongsville grew by only 852 people in the last decade and conflicted with their own projections.
City Planner Bob Hill said he had been keeping track of population based on new home building statistics and had by 2010.
The estimates are based on interviews with almost 2 million housing units each year from 2007 through 2011.
By pooling several years of survey responses, the American Community Survey can generate detailed statistical portraits for small areas. Groupings of five-year estimates are released annually.
School enrollment in Strongsville has been declining in recent years and is projected to keeping dropping, a study commissioned by the school district shows.
The census figures also showed Strongsville got significantly more diverse in the last decade, and .