Baltimore population report released: Population up 3 percent
The city’s population is up 3.2 percent over the last year, to a total of 9,857,932, according to data released Wednesday by the city.
The population was 3.3 percent higher in 2016, according the Baltimore Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
The Baltimore Department’s latest figures are based on the latest available data from the Baltimore County Health Department.
The county’s population grew from 8,094,092 in 2015 to 9,984,858 in 2016.
Baltimore County has been under siege for several years.
The city, with more than 1.2 million residents, has seen more than half of its population displaced by the Great Recession.
The region has also been hit hard by rising opioid addiction and the effects of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The latest numbers from the county’s Health Department were released after more than two months of public comment.
Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young said the numbers released Wednesday show that the region is still struggling to recover from the recession, which has seen many residents cut back on their spending.
He said the increase in the county population “shows that we’re still struggling.”
Young said the county is still working to identify where to allocate resources, and he wants to see the county continue to grow in order to meet its growing population.
“The number of new people in the Baltimore area will increase significantly in the coming years, so we’re going to need more people and we need more places to live,” he said.
Young said he is working with his colleagues to create more jobs, more affordable housing, and better transportation.
He also is working to provide incentives for people to move to the city, which he said will help the region.
The state’s health department said in December that the county had an annual rate of overdose deaths that was more than double the national average, while the rate of heroin overdoses had doubled over the same period.
The state also reported an increase in drug overdose deaths in the city of Baltimore, which is also grappling with a heroin epidemic.
The latest statistics showed that the city had the third-highest number of overdose fatalities of any city in the country, after Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.
The city has been plagued by the opioid epidemic, which hit the city hard during the recession.