WASHINGTON — A new national census released Friday showed the number of Americans living in counties in the Cleveland area has nearly doubled since the 1950s, while those in neighboring counties dropped by nearly 20%.

A Census Bureau survey released Friday found that nearly two-thirds of Ohio’s counties have more residents today than they did in 1950.

A total of 1,079,500 Ohioans were counted.

The census bureau said about 11,500 of them were living in Ohio at the end of 2017, and another 10,000 were living at the start of 2018.

A majority of people in Ohio are white, making up about 78 percent of the population, according to census data.

The state is the fourth-most populous in the country and the fourth largest in the nation by population.

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