Counting the Franklin County Somali Population
This Data Byte is about estimating the number of Somalis in Franklin County. With continued civil strife in Somalia, dating back to 1991, the number of Somali refugees in the U.S. has grown over time. Columbus is host to the second-largest Somali community in the U.S., behind Minneapolis. While there is a need to better understand this community, estimates for Franklin County range widely. Using local administrative data such as birth certificates and student records, we have determined that the county’s Somali population is approximately 15,000.