|City of Chardon, Ohio|
|— City —|
|Motto: "Home Of The Geauga County Maple Festival"|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|• Mayor||Philip King|
|• Vice Mayor||Leslie Bednar|
|• Total||4.62 sq mi (11.97 km2)|
|• Land||4.58 sq mi (11.86 km2)|
|• Water||0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)|
|Elevation||1,299 ft (396 m)|
|• Estimate (2011)||5,139|
|• Density||1,124.0/sq mi (434.0/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1056789|
Chardon is an exurb of Greater Cleveland and the county seat of Geauga County, Ohio, United States. The population was 5,148 at the 2010 census. It is the only incorporated city in Geauga County, and incorporates land that was once part of Chardon Township, Hambden Township and Munson Township.
Chardon is named after Peter Chardon Brooks, who donated land to build the historic Chardon Square. Chardon Township celebrates its incorporation in 1812, and thus the City of Chardon does the same.
Chardon fire 
On July 24–25, 1868, a massive fire totally destroyed what is now known as Chardon Square. The fire originated in the Parlin Parkin's grocery store, and spread rapidly. By the time the fire was contained, the courthouse, post office, and many stores on the square were destroyed. Damage was estimated at around $120,000. Chardon Square was quickly rebuilt following the fire. A new courthouse, which still stands today, was completed in 1869. Many other buildings that were constructed after the fire also still exist today.
Chardon High School shooting 
On February 27, 2012, a student that attended Lake Academy, T.J. Lane, opened fire at the Chardon High School cafeteria, killing three, and injuring two other classmates. Daniel Parmertor, 16 years old, was killed at the time of the shooting. Two other victims, Demetrius Hewlin and Russell King, Jr., were pronounced dead on February 28. The shooter, T.J. Lane, was taken into custody by police and was charged with three counts of aggravated murder.
Geography and climate 
Chardon is located on U.S. Route 6 about 25 miles (40 km) east of Cleveland. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.62 square miles (11.97 km2), of which, 4.58 square miles (11.86 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.
With an average annual snowfall of 106 inches (269 cm), Chardon is notable for being the snowiest city in Ohio. This is mainly due to its location on a 730 foot (220 m) ridge approximately 10 miles (16 km) inland from Lake Erie, creating the perfect conditions for Orographic lift and its associated heavy snowfall when winter winds blow across the lake.
In 1996, from November 9 through November 13, a storm dropped over 70 inches of lake-effect snow in the city over a period of six days. Governor George Voinovich declared a state of emergency as a result, and the Ohio National Guard was brought in to assist with the cleanup.
|Avg high °F||31.6
|Avg low temperature °F||14.3
|Source: Chardon City Data|
The median income for a household in the city was $54,063, and the median income for a family was $57,845. Males had a median income of $44,071 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,845. About 1.3% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.6% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.
2010 census 
As of the census of 2010, there were 5,148 people, 2,285 households, and 1,331 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,124.0 inhabitants per square mile (434.0 /km2). There were 2,457 housing units at an average density of 536.5 per square mile (207.1 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.9% White, 0.8% Black, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.
There were 2,285 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.1% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.8% were non-families. 37.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.94.
The median age in the city was 41.1 years. 23.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.8% were from 25 to 44; 26.5% were from 45 to 64; and 17.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 45.1% male and 54.9% female.
Chardon is known for its maple syrup industry. Celebration of the syrup season begins at Tapping Sunday in March, when the sap is at prime thawing temperature. The annual Geauga County Maple Festival is a four-day celebration that takes place on the Chardon Square the last weekend in April. The festival has been rescheduled numerous times because of snowstorms in April due to Chardon’s location in the “snow belt” and large amount of snowfall every year. Chardon has an active performance art community including work done by the Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, housed in the renovated Geauga theater building, which used to house an old movie theater, and which has begun to show first-run movies again. Greater Chardon features a large number of golf courses. Chardon Lakes Golf Course is located in the heart of Chardon, two minutes from the Chardon square. Sand Ridge Golf Club in nearby Munson Township is also an excellent golf course. Chardon has an abundance of park space. Due largely to the area's wide variety of weather conditions, citizens in the area can enjoy a wide variety of hobbies throughout the year.
Chardon and the area surrounding the city are served by the Chardon Local School District. The district contains one high school, one middle school, and four elementary schools: Maple, Park, Hambden and Munson. Hambden and Munson elementary are not in city limits. Chardon High School was the site of a school shooting on February 27, 2012, in which three students were fatally shot and two others were injured.
The district has received an "Excellent" rating from the State of Ohio Board of Education for eleven consecutive years leading up to the 2011-2012 school year.
Notable people 
- Andrew Brown, professional baseball pitcher in Major League Baseball
- Mel Harder, professional baseball pitcher for the Cleveland Indians
- Matt Hutter, NASCAR driver
- Lee Kemp, collegiate and Olympian wrestler
- Midnight Syndicate, gothic music group
- Halbert Eleazer Paine, U.S. Representative from Wisconsin
- Seth Ledyard Phelps, naval officer, politician and diplomat
- John Popper, frontman for rock band Blues Traveler
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