Talk:Franklin County, Ohio

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Little to no indication[edit]

The article currently contains the following paragraph:

The far south-west, near Harrisburg, offers little to no indication of a city of over 730,000 people (according the U.S. Census Bureau's estimates from July 1, 2005) less than 20 minutes away. This may be partly due to a development restriction established to protect the scenic Darby Creek on the border of Madison County.

My first concern is that it is just un-encyclopedic. Perhaps something that is a little more certain? I mean, talking about cities in a place where you can go and look around the way you would talk about minerals on the moon (there is little to no indication that...) just doesn't seem right. Perhaps just making it say that the population density of the southwestern 400 square miles of the county is x would be more useful/indicative.

My next concern is that the largest city in the state is Columbus. Because Ohio cities are prevented from growing, they reach the neighboring municipalities/townships and get hedged in-- making the population within a city seem small compared to some other places where cities devour their surroundings. Anyway, according to the Columbus article, Columbus proper has a population of 711,000-- therefore there is no location in the county (or any other place in Ohio) that is within hours of a city of more than 730,000 people (let alone within 20 minutes).

Could someone more invested in this page find population density information for that area of the state or delete/change the language to something that makes sense... perhaps if there is no city larger than 1000 or 2000, this would be okay if we deleted the 'little or no indication' language, too.

--Matthew K 02:53, 20 October 2007 (UTC)

I'm really confused about the second concern. Surely cities in Ohio can grow a lot; look how much Columbus has grown overall. It's just that there's a restriction here, unlike almost everywhere else statewide. However, the first concern is a problem; although Harrisburg is a very small town, the language should be more precise. Nyttend 20:14, 21 October 2007 (UTC)

More "Little if any"[edit]

I think what the above entry doesn't consider is the population of the suburbs around Columbus. There are nearly 100,000 additional people in the areas around Columbus and within less than 20 minutes of Harrisburg. According to the 2000 US Census, there are 1,068,978 residents in Franklin County. Harrisburg is very rural and isolated and gives you the impression that one is "out in the sticks". —Preceding unsigned comment added by Jrkeller1964 (talkcontribs) 21:17, 16 June 2010 (UTC)