Ottawa Hills, Ohio
|Ottawa Hills, Ohio|
|— Village —|
|• Mayor||Kevin Gilmore|
|• Total||1.87 sq mi (4.84 km2)|
|• Land||1.85 sq mi (4.79 km2)|
|• Water||0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)|
|Elevation||604 ft (184 m)|
|• Estimate (2011)||4,499|
|• Density||2,441.6/sq mi (942.7/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC−5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC−4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1065219|
Ottawa Hills is a village in Lucas County, Ohio, United States. The population was 4,517 at the 2010 census. The village serves as an affluent bedroom community and suburb of Toledo. The Ottawa Hills school district ranked first in the state in student performance for the 2007-2008 school year. The village is ranked 13 out of 1065 political subdivisions in the state of Ohio by per capita income.
Ottawa Hills is located at (41.669750, -83.640068).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.87 square miles (4.84 km2), of which, 1.85 square miles (4.79 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.
 2010 census
As of the census of 2010, there were 4,517 people, 1,740 households, and 1,265 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,441.6 inhabitants per square mile (942.7 /km2). There were 1,850 housing units at an average density of 1,000.0 per square mile (386.1 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 87.8% White, 3.7% African American, 0.2% Native American, 6.0% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.
There were 1,740 households out of which 37.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.1% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.3% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.1% 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 3.14.
The median age in the village was 43.6 years. 28.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.2% were from 25 to 44; 31.6% were from 45 to 64; and 16.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.3% male and 52.7% female.
 2000 census
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,564 people, 1,696 households, and 1,307 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,448.6 people per square mile (947.4/km²). There were 1,786 housing units at an average density of 958.2 per square mile (370.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 93.97% White, 1.25% African American, 0.09% Native American, 2.70% Asian, 0.46% from other races, and 1.53% from two or more races. 1.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,696 households out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.0% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.9% were non-families. 20.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.15.
In the village the population was spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 4.1% from 18 to 24, 19.7% from 25 to 44, 29.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.2 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $100,000, and the median income for a family was $117,130. Males had a median income of $84,029 versus $40,801 for females. The per capita income for the village was $58,846. 2.1% of the population and 1.4% of families were below the poverty line. 3.2% of those under the age of 18 and 0.8% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
The Village of Ottawa Hills can trace its origins back to 1915. John North Willys, president of the Overland Company, acquired approximately 1,200 acres (4.9 km2) beginning at the intersection of Bancroft Street and Indian Road and extending along the Ottawa River to Central Avenue.
The August 1, 1915 edition of "The Toledo Times" includes the following description:
Landscape architects, city planning engineers, landscape gardeners, and other experts, backed by an army of workmen equipment with the latest machinery and tools have been steadily at work on the tract for over a year. They have practically completed the improvement of the first 100-acre (0.40 km2) unit of the development, lying at Arrowhead Point (former known as 5 Point). This is at the intersection of Bancroft Street, Secor and Indian Roads, a 20 minute ride from the business district. A cursory inspection of the property reveals the scale on which the improvements are being made. Practically 35% of it has been given over to park purposes. This includes the wooded area along the river's course, flanked on one side by Percifilous Bluff and the other side by a slope that rises, by gentle degrees, to a level with the top of the bluff. In the valley, river banks have been dressed gracefully to the water's edge.
John North Willys turned to the E. H. Close Realty Company for the actual development of Ottawa Hills.
The E. H. Close Realty Company had developed more than 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) of land in Toledo and the surrounding area. Planners, engineers, and architects with national reputations were involved in the layout and design of the Village. They were also involved with the creation of various restrictive covenants to assure proper quality development and construction of homes.
Several annexations have substantially changed the shape of the Village from the original 1,200 acres (4.9 km2). However, much of the early development of the Village is very consistent with the original plans that date back to 1915. The portion of the Village adjacent to Secor Road and south of Bancroft Street, Plat 1, is very similar in layout and design to the original plans. Many of the oldest homes in the Village are located in Plat 1. E. H. Close lived in this plat in one of the first homes built in the Village.
The median price of a house in Ottawa Hills is approximately $250,000.
- "TomKat's" former house - It was rumored that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes bought a $1.5 million mansion in Ottawa Hills. This home was built by E.H. Close, the developer of the Village. These rumors proved so strong that they continue to persist, despite statements from Tom Cruise's publicist casting doubt on them, and an article in the Toledo Blade stating the house was sold to other buyers.
- Mr. Blandings replica - As a promotion the 1948 film Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, a replica of the house in the movie was built in Ottawa Hills and 72 other towns and cities around the country. Thousands lined up in the house's front yard, paying admission to the opening of the house. It still stands today, with the external design of the house virtually unchanged.
 Notable residents
- Eric Kripke - television writer, director and producer, most famous for creating the television show Supernatural.
- Ernest M. McSorley - last captain of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, Great Lakes iron ore freight vessel that sank in Lake Superior with all hands in November 1975.
- Tom Scholz - guitarist and founder of the rock band Boston.
 See also
- Ottawa Hills High School, the village high school
- The Village Voice of Ottawa Hills, the village magazine
- Sculpture in the Park, a sculpture garden in the village
- Ottawa River, a creek that runs through much of the village
- "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-06.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-06.
- "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-06.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- Ottawa Hills Ohio
- Ottawa Hills, Ohio
- toledoblade.com - No home for TomKat
- toledoblade.com - A home made famous in the 1948 mega-hit ‘Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House’ is in Ottawa Hills