LaRue's business district
Location of LaRue, Ohio
|• Total||0.48 sq mi (1.24 km2)|
|• Land||0.48 sq mi (1.24 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||925 ft (282 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||733|
|• Density||1,556.3/sq mi (600.9/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1058187|
LaRue is located at (40.577262, -83.382396).
As of the census of 2010, there were 747 people, 291 households, and 202 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,556.3 inhabitants per square mile (600.9 /km2). There were 327 housing units at an average density of 681.3 per square mile (263.1 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 94.9% White, 0.3% African American, 0.1% Native American, 2.5% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.7% of the population.
There were 291 households of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.6% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.03.
The median age in the village was 39.8 years. 25.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.9% were from 25 to 44; 26.7% were from 45 to 64; and 17.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 775 people, 308 households, and 207 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,608.5 people per square mile (623.4/km2). There were 330 housing units at an average density of 684.9 per square mile (265.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 99.23% White, 0.13% Native American, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.13% of the population.
There were 308 households out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.5% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the village the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $34,375, and the median income for a family was $44,808. Males had a median income of $27,250 versus $25,238 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,873. About 4.4% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.
LaRue is named after French immigrant Major William La Rue. He and his wife, Cynthia, purchased a plot of land of approximately 350 acres (1.4 km2) on the east bank of the Scioto River in the 1840s. Soon after, La Rue began selling plots and the village was mapped. LaRue was incorporated as a village in 1851.
LaRue has the distinction of being the smallest town to ever have an NFL franchise. In the early 1920s LaRue was home to famous athlete Jim Thorpe, who coached and played for the Oorang Indians football team in 1922–1923.
LaRue's historic 19th-century business district, located on High Street, is still active and boasts a grocery store, library, bank, barber shop, pizzeria, and bar.
A festival called the "Oorang Bang" in honor of the Oorang Indians, Thorpe, and Oorang Airedales was held on the second weekend of June, featuring a parade, food, rides, and live music, but no longer occurs. The festival was first organized by local resident Harry Roberts (1924–2003) to fund improvements to the then derelict municipal swimming pool and park, located one mile (1.6 km) north of the village.
- Dr. Charles E. Sawyer - a homeopathic physician who is blamed for giving a false diagnosis of U.S. President Warren G. Harding that led to Harding's premature death, practiced medicine in LaRue.
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