West Chester now Ohio’s largest township

The Butler County community grew by 11 percent in the last decade, according to the 2010 Census.

West Chester Twp. grew by 11 percent in the last decade from 54,895 people to 60,958, according to U.S. Census data released for Ohio on Wednesday. It is the 12th-largest place or municipality in Ohio behind Hamilton, which grew 2.9 percent to 62,477 people, according to Ohio Census 2010 counts released Wednesday by U.S. Census Bureau. The second-largest township is Colerain in Hamilton County.

Butler County gained a total 35,323 people from 2000 to 2010, second in Southwest Ohio only to Warren County, which gained 54,310 people, according to the Census. Hamilton, Montgomery and Preble counties had population declines. Clermont County grew by more than 19,000 people.

“Our expectation was that our population continues to grow based on amenities, quality of life and Lakota,” said Judi Boyko, West Chester Twp. administrator.

The township and trustees focus time and resources to make West Chester Twp. sustainable, Boyko said. That means positioning the township for prosperity as it moves from growth maintenance to mature stages by strategically reviewing every stage of development. The biggest change from 10 years ago is the economic state, which has stabilized development in West Chester Twp., she said.

“I think we’re in our late teens and looking forward to our 20s and continued managed growth of available land,” she said.

The Census shows Monroe is the fastest growing city in the six-county region, with 5,309 more people coming to the city since 2000 for a total 12,442 people last year, an increase of 74.4 percent. Liberty Twp. is the fastest growing township in Butler County, according to data from Ohio Department of Development. Liberty Twp. grew 63.3 percent from 2000 to 2010 to 37,259 people.

Even Hamilton and Fairfield had modest to flat growth of 2.9 percent and 1 percent, when other area urban cities saw declines, such as Middletown, Cincinnati and Dayton, according to Census data. Warren is still the second-fastest growing county in the state and Butler is the seventh.

But the two counties along Interstate 75 saw rapid growth early on in the last decade that Butler County Director of Development Mike Juengling said he doesn’t think will happen the same way again.

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