Ravenna, Ohio

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Ravenna, Ohio
City
Downtown Ravenna along Main Street in 2009
Downtown Ravenna along Main Street in 2009
Location of Ravenna, Ohio
Location of Ravenna, Ohio
Location within Portage County.
Location within Portage County.
Coordinates: 41°9′31″N 81°14′36″W / 41.15861°N 81.24333°W / 41.15861; -81.24333Coordinates: 41°9′31″N 81°14′36″W / 41.15861°N 81.24333°W / 41.15861; -81.24333
Country United States
State Ohio
County Portage
Founded 1799
Area[1]
 • Total 5.68 sq mi (14.71 km2)
 • Land 5.63 sq mi (14.58 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
Elevation[2] 1,132 ft (345 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 11,724
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 11,570
 • Density 2,082.4/sq mi (804.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 44266
Area code(s) 330, 234
FIPS code 39-65592[5]
GNIS feature ID 1061586[2]

Ravenna is a city in Portage County, Ohio, United States. It was formed from portions of Ravenna Township in the Connecticut Western Reserve. The population was 11,771 at the 2000 Census and 11,724 at the 2010 Census.[6] It is the county seat of Portage County.[7] It is named for the city of Ravenna, Italy.[8]

Ravenna is part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.68 square miles (14.71 km2), of which, 5.63 square miles (14.58 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.[1]

The following highways pass through Ravenna:

Ravenna is located south of Interstate 80/Ohio Turnpike exit 193, and north of Interstate 76 exit 38.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,777
1870 2,188 23.1%
1880 3,255 48.8%
1890 3,417 5.0%
1900 4,003 17.1%
1910 5,310 32.7%
1920 7,219 36.0%
1930 8,019 11.1%
1940 8,538 6.5%
1950 9,857 15.4%
1960 10,918 10.8%
1970 11,780 7.9%
1980 11,987 1.8%
1990 12,069 0.7%
2000 11,771 −2.5%
2010 11,724 −0.4%
Est. 2012 11,570 −1.3%
Sources:[9][10][5][11]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 11,724 people, 5,055 households, and 2,860 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,082.4 inhabitants per square mile (804.0 /km2). There were 5,566 housing units at an average density of 988.6 per square mile (381.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.1% White, 5.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 5,055 households of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.8% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.4% were non-families. 35.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the city was 37.9 years. 22.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.6% were from 25 to 44; 26.5% were from 45 to 64; and 14.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 11,771 people, 4,980 households, and 2,997 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,199.2 people per square mile (849.5/km²). There were 5,313 housing units at an average density of 992.6 per square mile (383.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.03% White, 4.42% Black, 0.25% American Indian, 0.39% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.91% of the population.

There were 4,980 households out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.8% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,650, and the median income for a family was $46,090. Males had a median income of $33,574 versus $25,320 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,862. About 6.0% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.9% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Elementary and secondary education for students in Ravenna and Ravenna Township is provided by the Ravenna School District, which includes: Ravenna High School, Brown Middle School, Carlin Elementary, Willyard Elementary, Tappan Elementary, West Park Elementary, and West Main Elementary. Ravenna is also home to the Maplewood Career Center, a vocational school which serves high school-aged students from ten high schools in Portage and Summit counties and offers adult education programs.[12]

Higher education[edit]

A campus of Fortis College, a small, private for-profit school, is located in northern Ravenna near State Route 14.[13]

Notable people[edit]

Government[edit]

The current mayor of Ravenna (as of January 4, 2010) is Joseph Bica.[16]

Prior to Bica, the mayor of Ravenna was Kevin Poland. Poland replaced long-time mayor Paul Jones who retired and moved to Florida after a scandal investigation regarding his practices as mayor. Ravenna Police Chief Randy McCoy initiated formal investigations by the county prosecutor after learning that the FBI had begun conducting a formal investigation of the former Mayor. The major focus of the city's investigation involved the Mayor's son, Paul Jones Jr., who was paid more than $274,900 over eight years for a questionable mowing contract.[17][18][19]

In March, 2007, Jones was sentenced to sixteen months in a federal prison for various fraud charges.[20]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  2. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  4. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  5. ^ a b c "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Population Finder". www.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  7. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  8. ^ "Ravenna, Ohio". Ohio History Central. Ohio Historical Society. 1 July 2005. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  9. ^ "Number of Inhabitants: Ohio". 18th Census of the United States. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Ohio: Population and Housing Unit Counts". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Maplewood Career Center". Mwood.cc. Maplewood Career Center. 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  13. ^ "Ravenna Career Training Programs". Fortis.edu. Fortis College. 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  14. ^ "Ravenna WWII hero Colonel Bill Bower, 'Doolittle Raider,' dies". Record-Courier. 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  15. ^ "Peggy King Rodofker". Raven Hall of Fame. Reed Memorial Library. 1994. Retrieved 15 August 2009. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Bica sworn in as Ravenna mayor: Goals include economic development". Record Publishing Company. 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2010-01-06. 
  17. ^ Armon, Rick (2007-03-30). "Former Ravenna mayor charged: Paul Jones now faces state case on evidence from federal probe that will send him to prison" (Reprint). Akron Beacon Journal. 
  18. ^ Piltz, Marci. "Former Ravenna Mayor Paul Jones started federal sentence on May 9". Record-Courier. Retrieved 2007-05-24. 
  19. ^ "Paul Jones sentenced to 16 months in prison". Retrieved 2007-05-24. [dead link]
  20. ^ "Former Mayor Paul Jones of Ravenna Sentenced to 16 Months in Jail for Mail and Tax Fraud Convictions". United States Department of Justice. 2007-03-23. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 

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