Fredericktown, Ohio

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This article is about the village in Knox County. For the community in Columbiana County, see Fredericktown, Columbiana County, Ohio.
Fredericktown, Ohio
Village
Main Street in the business district
Main Street in the business district
Location of Fredericktown in Ohio
Location of Fredericktown in Ohio
Coordinates: 40°28′47″N 82°33′43″W / 40.47972°N 82.56194°W / 40.47972; -82.56194Coordinates: 40°28′47″N 82°33′43″W / 40.47972°N 82.56194°W / 40.47972; -82.56194
Country United States
State Ohio
County Knox
Government
 • Mayor Alan Kintner
Area[1]
 • Total 2.07 sq mi (5.36 km2)
 • Land 1.97 sq mi (5.10 km2)
 • Water 0.10 sq mi (0.26 km2)
Elevation 1,090 ft (332.2 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 2,493
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 2,476
 • Density 1,265.5/sq mi (488.6/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 43019
Area code(s) 740
FIPS code 39-28658[4]
GNIS feature ID 1064680[5]
Website http://www.fredericktownohio.net
The Fredericktown Grain Elevator, site of the first mill.
Looking South on Main St.

Fredericktown is a village in Knox County, Ohio, United States. The population was 2,493 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Long before white settlers entered the area, Adena and Hopewell Indians inhabited the area of Fredericktown. Early settlers found three mounds and earthworks located on nearby hilltops. While the Raleigh Mound and Stackhouse Mound and Works are preserved today, the third mound, located by what is presently the Baptist Church, was demolished. Both preserved mounds were most likely ceremonial structures and they are oriented towards the Sun's movements. When settlers arrived, the sites were abandoned with few other traces of the Natives who lived there. There were a few scattered Native Americans living nearby along what was then the periphery of Indian Lands established by the Greenville Treaty Line.

The first white settler was John Kerr who in 1807 bought and planned the town, and named it for his native Frederick, Maryland.[6] Growth was sluggish until the Sandusky, Mansfield, and Newark Railroad came through the village in 1853. A grain elevator, foundry, and other small trading businesses were built, helping to establish Fredericktown more firmly as the local business center than the nearby crossroad settlements of Batemantown, Waterford, and Ankeneytown. Around World War II a small airplane paneling factory was built and later reverted to furniture manufacturing. In the last half of the 20th century, a few light manufacturing operations and the largest privately owned general construction contractor in Ohio, Kokosing Construction [1], were established.

The National FFA Organization Official Dress Jacket has its origins in Fredericktown. In 1933 FFA members from the local chapter arrived at the national convention in blue corduroy jackets with the FFA emblem on the back. That same year national delegates voted to adopt it as the official dress. Today more than 50,000 are manufactured yearly for FFA members.

The FFA jacket was worn in the 2004 motion picture Napoleon Dynamite by characters taking part in an agriculture competition.

Fredericktown High School [2] is the graduating high school of actor Luke Perry, star of the early 90's drama of Beverly Hills, 90210.

Geography[edit]

Fredericktown is located at 40°28′47″N 82°33′43″W / 40.47972°N 82.56194°W / 40.47972; -82.56194.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.07 square miles (5.36 km2), of which, 1.97 square miles (5.10 km2) is land and 0.10 square miles (0.26 km2) is water.[1]

The city is in the Fredericktown Community Fire District.

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 2,493 people, 1,050 households, and 691 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,265.5 inhabitants per square mile (488.6 /km2). There were 1,133 housing units at an average density of 575.1 per square mile (222.0 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.0% White, 0.4% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 1,050 households of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.0% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.2% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the village was 37.6 years. 25.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.9% were from 25 to 44; 24.6% were from 45 to 64; and 15.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.7% male and 51.3% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,428 people, 1,021 households, and 681 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,719.3 people per square mile (664.9/km²). There were 1,103 housing units at an average density of 781.1 per square mile (302.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.64% White, 0.29% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.41% of the population.

There were 1,021 households out of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the village the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $36,354, and the median income for a family was $45,345. Males had a median income of $34,028 versus $21,858 for females. The per capita income for the village was $19,138. About 5.7% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.

Events[edit]

Fredericktown hosts the annual street fair called the 'Tomato Show', typically the first weekend in September. Major events include the Baby Crawl Contest, Bathtub Races, Little Miss Tomato Contest, Pedal Tractor Pulls, 5 mile run, and more. An event put on annually by the Fredericktown Parks and Recreation District at Community Park, is the Fourth of July festival. This event consists of children's rides, free swimming at Sockman Lake, a softball tournament and of course fireworks.

Transportation[edit]

Fredericktown is at the junction of State Routes 13 and 95, which travel north-south and east-west respectively.[citation needed]

The nearest major airport is Port Columbus International Airport about 54 miles south, in Columbus.

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