CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The U.S. Census Bureau's annual county population estimates say that Cuyahoga County's population fell by 7,171 people between July 2008 and July 2009. That means the city lost 50% of its population!
Now, several groups in Cleveland believe that there should be an International Welcoming Center to get legal immigrants that could build the population back up.
The population of Cleveland reached it's peek in 1950, at more than 900,000 people. Since then, it's been all down hill, as of the 2000 Census more than half those people are no longer living here.
In fact, Cleveland's projected to lose more than 130,000 people during this year's Census count.
The idea of a welcoming center is that regions that attract immigration also attract jobs, investment and over all growth.
There are immigrant welcome centers in other cities across the nation, but in Cleveland the idea is so new it cannot even be called a plan. It's still just a concept at this point.