County Planner details significant population growth

Huron County senior planner Victor Kloeze told county council this week that the population growth the county is experiencing isn’t the first, but it’s significant.

Kloeze says the county saw increases in population from the 1940s to the 1960s and again from the 1980s to the 1990s, but for the past 25 years or so the county has experienced a period of no growth or decline. But Kloeze says looking at census figures from 2016 to 2021, the population grew by just over two thousand, or 3.5% in those five years.

“We’re looking at a population of 61,100 by 2031, so we’ve already passed what we thought our peak would be in 2031 over the five-year period from 2016 to 2021,” Kloeze says.

Kloeze says the increase is due to a number of factors and it’s not all you’d call a natural increase, meaning children are being born to people who live in the county.

“We can see immigration of all age groups, people who cannot afford to live in urban centers keep driving further and further until they can qualify for a mortgage. We are seeing people moving into vacation ownership,” adds Kloeze, and this is supported by the fact that they are seeing more new households than new housing units.

In conclusion, Kloeze noted that he also believes a number of people are moving to Huron County because they can now work from home, but he doesn’t have enough data at this point to tell. to confirm. But he says he thinks the population increase will continue to be driven by a number of factors, such as people wanting to move further afield, people working from home and people retiring in the area. .