Medina, Ohio

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Not to be confused with Medina, Saudi Arabia. For other uses, see Medina (disambiguation)
Medina, Ohio
City
Motto: "Preserving the Past. Forging the Future."
Location of Medina, Ohio
Location of Medina, Ohio
Coordinates: 41°8′9″N 81°51′51″W / 41.13583°N 81.86417°W / 41.13583; -81.86417Coordinates: 41°8′9″N 81°51′51″W / 41.13583°N 81.86417°W / 41.13583; -81.86417
Country United States
State Ohio
County Medina
Area[1]
 • Total 11.78 sq mi (30.51 km2)
 • Land 11.57 sq mi (29.97 km2)
 • Water 0.21 sq mi (0.54 km2)
Elevation[2] 1,089 ft (332 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 26,678
 • Estimate (2013[4]) 26,533
 • Density 2,305.8/sq mi (890.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 44256, 44258
Area code(s) 234, 330
FIPS code 39-48790[5]
GNIS feature ID 1061504[2]
Website http://www.medinaoh.org

Medina /mɨˈdnə/ mə-DY-nu is a city in Medina County, Ohio, United States. In 2009, CNNMoney named Medina the 40th most desirable American city to live in.[6] The population was 26,678 at the 2010 Census. It is the county seat of Medina County.[7]

Geography[edit]

Medina is located at 41°8′9″N 81°51′51″W / 41.13583°N 81.86417°W / 41.13583; -81.86417 (41.135899, -81.864069).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.78 square miles (30.51 km2), of which, 11.57 square miles (29.97 km2) is land and 0.21 square miles (0.54 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,009
1860 1,234 22.3%
1870 1,159 −6.1%
1880 1,484 28.0%
1890 2,073 39.7%
1900 2,232 7.7%
1910 2,734 22.5%
1920 3,430 25.5%
1930 4,071 18.7%
1940 4,359 7.1%
1950 5,093 16.8%
1960 8,235 61.7%
1970 10,913 32.5%
1980 15,307 40.3%
1990 19,231 25.6%
2000 25,139 30.7%
2010 26,678 6.1%
Est. 2013 26,533 −0.5%
Sources:[5][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 26,678 people, 10,382 households, and 6,991 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,305.8 inhabitants per square mile (890.3 /km2). There were 11,152 housing units at an average density of 963.9 per square mile (372.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.3% White, 3.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

There were 10,382 households of which 38.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.7% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.13.

The median age in the city was 36.4 years. 28.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.4% were from 25 to 44; 25.2% were from 45 to 64; and 11.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

Of the city's population over the age of 25, 34.4% held a bachelor's degree or higher.[16]

2000 census[edit]

At the 2000 census,[5] there were 25,139 people, 9,467 households and 6,683 families in the city. The population density was 2,305.4 per square mile (872.9/km²). There were 9,924 housing units at an average density of 891.9 per square mile (344.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.60% White, 2.77% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.00% of the population.

There were 9,467 households of which 40.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.5% were married couples living together, 57.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.15.

29.9% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 33.8% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.2 males.

The median household income was $50,226 and the median family income was $57,435. Males had a median income of $42,437 compared with $26,893 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,709. About 5.1% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.1% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.

History[edit]

The historic courthouse in downtown Medina

Medina was founded in 1818 as part of the Connecticut Western Reserve. It was originally named Mecca, but another Ohio town had that name,[17] so the name was changed. Both Mecca and Medina are cities in Saudi Arabia and particularly significant to Islam.

Most early residents were farmers. In the 1830s, growth of the community was aided by the completion of the Ohio and Erie Canal, which helped transport agricultural products to markets.[17] In 1835, Medina was incorporated as a village and as the county seat of Medina County, Ohio.[17] By 1855, the town's quarries were producing over $200,000 worth of stone per year.[18] In 1857, many of the canal workers started a strike for higher wages; the striking workers were fired, and the four workers who started it were jailed in Albion.[19]

In 1869, Amos Root founded the A.I. Root Company in Medina as a manufacturer of beehives and beekeeping equipment, and the town became a center for beehive manufacturing. The Root company had 97 workers in 1886, making it the town’s largest employer.[17] In 1952, Medina had over 5,000 residents, and on May 6, 1952 it was chartered as a city.[20]

In the mid-1800s, two disastrous fires hit the village. The fire of 1848 destroyed the entire business district. In 1870, another large fire, which started at a wooden building with a barber shop, consumed all but two blocks of the business district, and nearly wiped out the entire town.[21] The fire was particularly fierce because all the town's buildings were made of wood.[21] With no facilities for extinguishing fires, the residents attempted to put out the fire using a bucket brigade, but to no avail, as the fire burned for four hours.[21] None of the town's 3,000 residents perished from the fire.[21] It took almost ten years to rebuild this area which would became known as the Town Square. It is now considered a historic district that includes nine blocks of stores and draws many visitors for its various festivals and private and public events.[22]

Economy[edit]

Due to Medina's location, approximately 33 miles south of Cleveland and 23 miles west of Akron,[23] many residents of Medina work in the Cleveland and Akron areas.[17] Medina was home to the first Super Kmart in 1991, which was downsized to a Big Kmart in early 2011 and then closed altogether in early 2012.[24]

Schools[edit]

The Medina City School District serves the Medina area. One high school, two middle schools and seven elementary schools make up the district. The newest are Eliza Northrop and Ralph E. Waite elementary schools, both opened for the 2009-2010 school year. The Medina County Career Center serves all of Medina County to provide career choices for juniors and seniors.

  • Medina High School
  • A.I. Root Middle School
  • Claggett Middle School
  • Eliza Northrop Elementary School
  • Ella Canavan Elementary School
  • Garfield Elementary School
  • H.G. Blake Elementary School
  • Heritage Elementary School
  • Ralph E. Waite Elementary School
  • Sidney Fenn Elementary School

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

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  18. ^ "Correspondence of the Baltimore Sun". The Baltimore Sun. September 17, 1855. p. 4. 
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  22. ^ "Historic District: City of Medina". City of Medina. 2013. Archived from the original on July 19, 2013. 
  23. ^ Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce
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