Tiffin population ends negative trend as town records best census results in 50 years


Tiffin, Ohio— The 2020 Census the results were published today for cities with more than 5,000 inhabitants.

Tiffin Town’s population has stabilized and effectively halted the downward trend since 1970, with a net population loss between 2010 and 2020 of only ten people.

Here are the census figures for Tiffin over the past 50 years:

  • 1970: 21,596 (+0.5% population gain over previous decade, census high point)
  • 1980: 19,567 (-9.4% population loss compared to the previous decade)
  • 1990: 18,604 (-4.9%)
  • 2000: 17,963 (-2.5%)
  • 2010: 17,953 (-0.06%)

Compared to the other 69 county seat cities in Ohio with populations over 5,000 (19 of 88 county seats have populations under 5,000), Tiffin is one of the communities showing positive trends and significantly outperforming expectations of the last census. Some key rankings include the following:

  • Tiffin ranks No. 32 out of 69 (top half) for population growth, surpassing neighboring county seats Findlay, Fremont and Bucyrus.
  • Tiffin ranks 19th out of 69 for exceeding expected results. The 2019 estimate for Tiffin was 17,582, meaning Tiffin achieved a growth rate 2.1% higher than forecast.
  • Tiffin outperforms all adjacent surrounding county seats for exceeding expectations, with the exception of Upper Sandusky.

Some reasons for the increase in population include:

  • Tiffin is still strong economic development (in the top ten percent of similar communities nationally eight years in a row) and the business climate.
  • Tiffin’s growing quality of life, including its award-winning, state- and nationally-recognized Main Street downtown program.
  • Residential development in multi-family apartments, condominiumsand downtown lofts.
  • A strong culture of collaboration, community and progress – A connected life.
  • Long-term investments in strategic and comprehensive planning. Learn more about plans.
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