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Population on the rise

Grandview growing for the first time in decades

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In a reversal of a longtime trend, the population of Grandview Heights is increasing.

New U.S. Census Bureau estimates for 2013 indicate Grandview's population has increased 6.7 percent, or 441 people, since 2010.

"We've been slowly declining in population for quite a while, so this is a change," Mayor Ray DeGraw said.

Census bureau data shows the city reached its peak population of nearly 8,500 in the 1970s before a steady decline began. The current population is estimated at 6,977, up from 6,536 in 2010.

Much of the population increase likely is due to the 150 new apartment units that have been built at the Grandview Yard development, DeGraw said.

While he doesn't have concrete evidence to support it, DeGraw said he also believes another factor has helped spur the population spurt.

"It just seems to me I'm seeing more young families with young children in our community," he said.

While a 6.7 percent population increase is noteworthy, it is not having much of an impact on city services, DeGraw said.

It is the physical size of the community -- 1.33 square miles for Grandview and 0.27 square mile for Marble Cliff -- that determines the staffing needs for the police and fire departments, he said, and those totals aren't going to change.

"There may be an uptick in the number of incidents we respond to," but the increase is not major, DeGraw said.

The mutual-aid agreements the fire department has with other communities also help to protect against any increase in fire or EMS runs, he said.

If the population continues to rise -- and with more apartments being built at the Yard, that likely will happen -- the city someday may need to increase staff in the service and/or parks departments to address a growing demand for their services and programs, DeGraw said.

"I think any increase in our expenses would be offset by the increase in revenue we'll be getting from the new development in the city," he said.

It's not only population numbers that are increasing in Grandview, DeGraw said.

Recent data shows the city has had the largest increase in median home value in the county, save for a portion of the North Campus area, he said.

The Columbus Dispatch analyzed data from the real-estate listing website Zillow.com that shows Grandview's median home value has increased 18.6 percent from its previous peak in 2006 and 2007 and after the loss of value from the recession that hit later in the decade.

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