Location of Painesville, Ohio
|• Total||7.02 sq mi (18.18 km2)|
|• Land||6.29 sq mi (16.29 km2)|
|• Water||0.73 sq mi (1.89 km2)|
|Elevation||676 ft (206 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||19,634|
|• Density||3,110.2/sq mi (1,200.9/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1044274|
Long occupied by indigenous peoples of various tribes, this area was not settled by European Americans in any number until after the American Revolutionary War. It was still considered part of the Connecticut Western Reserve. General Edward Paine (1746–1841), who had served as a captain in the Connecticut militia during the war, and John Walworth arrived in 1800 with a party of sixty-six settlers, among the first in the Western Reserve. General Paine later represented the region in the territorial legislature of the Northwest Territory.
In 1800 the Western Reserve became Trumbull County and at the first Court of Quarter Sessions, the county was divided into eight political townships. The smallest of these townships was named Painesville, for General Paine, and encompassed what later became the townships of Perry, Leroy, Hambden, Concord, Chardon, Mentor, and Kirtland. The township government was organized in 1802. The post office in Painesville was opened in 1803 with John Walworth as postmaster.
In what was to become the commercial center of the township was a settlement called Oak Openings, its name being descriptive of the scrub oaks and sandy soil. It was here in 1805 that Gen. Henry Champion laid out a village plat and called it Champion. But in 1832 when this portion of the township was incorporated, the name Painesville was chosen in honor of General Paine. Two of his descendants, Eleazer A. Paine and Halbert E. Paine, later served as Union Army generals during the American Civil War.
In 1840 Lake County was created from portions of Geauga and Cuyahoga Counties; and Painesville was made the county seat and a court house erected. In 1852 the Town of Painesville became a village and in 1902 the village became the City of Painesville.
Painesville is located at (41.722793, -81.249597).
Painesville city is just one component of the Micropolitan area. The area encompasses Grand River and the Townships of Concord, Leroy, and Painesville who have voted over the years to maintain their independence from Painesville city. Nevertheless, residents in the surrounding townships consider themselves to be aligned with the city of Painesville. The combined population of Painesville and it's surrounding townships is approximately 60,000 residents.
As of the census of 2010, there were 19,563 people, 7,095 households, and 4,381 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,110.2 inhabitants per square mile (1,200.9 /km2). There were 7,867 housing units at an average density of 1,250.7 per square mile (482.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 68.2% White, 13.1% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 13.2% from other races, and 4.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.0% of the population.
There were 7,095 households of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.8% were married couples living together, 18.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.3% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.33.
The median age in the city was 30.2 years. 28.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 12.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.9% were from 25 to 44; 20.5% were from 45 to 64; and 8.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.3% male and 49.7% female.
Painesville's Hispanic population increased elevenfold between 1990 and 2010. New residents were primarily immigrants from León, Guanajuato, the ninth-largest metropolitan region in Mexico. They had settled in Painesville after finding work in its plant nurseries.
As of the census of 2000, there were 17,503 people, 6,525 households, and 4,032 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,928.6 people per square mile (1,130.1/km²). There were 6,933 housing units at an average density of 1,160.0 per square mile (447.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.99% White, 12.93% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 6.50% from other races, and 2.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.89% of the population. 15.2% were of German, 9.7% Irish, 9.4% Italian, 8.3% English and 5.5% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 85.6% spoke English and 13.2% Spanish as their first language.
There were 6,525 households out of which 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.4% were married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.22.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 12.1% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 17.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $34,842, and the median income for a family was $41,000. Males had a median income of $31,082 versus $23,346 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,391. About 13.4% of families and 16.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.6% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.
The City of Painesville is also home to Lake Erie College, which is well known around the world for equine studies. The former Andrews Osborne Academy's Painesville campus became part of Lake Erie College in 2008.
Feature film location
The area in and around the City of Painesville was used as the location for the filming of the 1964 feature film One Potato, Two Potato. The film, a 1964 Cannes Film Festival selection, provides a glimpse of that era in the city's downtown, including its central park and surrounding architecture. The Lake County Courthouse and Painesville City Hall remain today. The Parmly Hotel, seen in the opening credits, and occasionally throughout the film is gone, replaced by a shopping mall and office complex.
- Joe Dolce - Singer-songwriter, poet, essayist and a graduate of Harvey High School
- Harlan Ellison - Author, screenwriter, essayist
- Shell Kepler - Television actress and singer
- George Trumbull Ladd - American psychologist, educator and philosopher
- Tom Orosz - Former NFL Punter
- Dan O'Shannon - Writer, Producer, Academy Award nominee, four time Emmy Award winner for Modern Family and one time Emmy Award winner for Cheers and a graduate of Riverside High School
- Byron Paine - Justice of the Supreme Court for the state of Wisconsin
- Len Pettigrew - Former NFL Linebacker, actor and a graduate of Riverside High School
- Paul Ryczek - Former NFL Linebacker
- Scott Shafer - Head football coach for the University of Syracuse and a graduate of Riverside High School
- Jason Short - Former NFL Linebacker
- Don Shula - Three time Super Bowl winning coach and most notably the former head football coach for the NFL Miami Dolphins and a graduate of Harvey High School
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- City of Painesville official website
- Painesville Chamber of Commerce
- Downtown Painesville Organization