Twinsburg, Ohio

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Twinsburg, Ohio
City
Motto: "Where Preparation Meets Opportunity"
Location of Twinsburg, Ohio.
Location of Twinsburg, Ohio.
Location within Summit County, Ohio
Location within Summit County, Ohio
Coordinates: 41°19′27″N 81°27′10″W / 41.32417°N 81.45278°W / 41.32417; -81.45278Coordinates: 41°19′27″N 81°27′10″W / 41.32417°N 81.45278°W / 41.32417; -81.45278
Country United States
State Ohio
County Summit
Government
 • Mayor Katherine Procop
Area[1]
 • Total 13.80 sq mi (35.74 km2)
 • Land 13.77 sq mi (35.66 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
Elevation[2] 1,001 ft (305 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 18,795
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 18,761
 • Density 1,364.9/sq mi (527.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 44087
Area code(s) 330
FIPS code 39-78050[5]
GNIS feature ID 1061716[2]
Website http://www.mytwinsburg.com/
Groundbreaking for a local park

Twinsburg is a city in Summit County, Ohio, United States about halfway between Akron and Cleveland. The population was 18,795 at the 2010 census. In 2013, Twinsburg was named the thirty-eighth best place to live in the United States by Christine Phillips and CNN Money Magazine.[6]

Geography[edit]

Twinsburg is located at 41°19′27″N 81°27′10″W / 41.32417°N 81.45278°W / 41.32417; -81.45278 (41.324122, -81.452704).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.80 square miles (35.74 km2), of which, 13.77 square miles (35.66 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 1,240
1940 1,747 40.9%
1950 2,689 53.9%
1960 4,098 52.4%
1970 6,432 57.0%
1980 7,627 18.6%
1990 9,606 25.9%
2000 17,006 77.0%
2010 18,795 10.5%
Est. 2012 18,761 −0.2%
Sources:[8][9][5][10]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 18,795 people, 7,507 households, and 5,124 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,364.9 inhabitants per square mile (527.0/km2). There were 7,898 housing units at an average density of 573.6 per square mile (221.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 78.5% White, 13.4% African American, 0.1% Native American, 5.7% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.

There were 7,507 households of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.9% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.7% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.09.

The median age in the city was 41.4 years. 25.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.8% were from 25 to 44; 29.4% were from 45 to 64; and 14.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.

Of the city's population over the age of 25, 44.1% holds a bachelor's degree or higher.[11]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 17,006 people, 6,641 households, and 4,695 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,366.7 people per square mile (527.8/km²). There were 6,871 housing units at an average density of 552.2 per square mile (213.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.93% White, 8.73% African American, 0.11% Native American, 2.95% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.03% of the population.

There were 6,641 households out of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.7% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 35.5% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $61,638, and the median income for a family was $72,634. Males had a median income of $51,489 versus $33,194 for females. The per capita income for the city was $27,708. About 1.6% of families and 2.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.3% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.

Events[edit]

Main article: Twins Days

Twinsburg holds a yearly festival just for pairs of twins called Twins Days. More than just twins are welcome.

This festival started in 1976 with only 36 sets of twins but has grown to be the world's largest annual gathering of twins with approximately 3,000 sets attending each year. The weekend of events attracts twins, multiples and their families from all over the world, many returning year after year.

Education[edit]

Twinsburg's school community is a suburban, residential area located 20 miles (30 km) southeast of Cleveland and 20 miles (30 km) northeast of Akron. Residents are from a broad range of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. The school's community is composed of three separately governed jurisdictions of Reminderville, Twinsburg Township and the City of Twinsburg. The schools have received the "Excellent with Distinction" rating for the Ohio state tests for the 2010-11 school year.[12]

The Twinsburg City School District[13] is composed of five schools, 4069 students, 234 classified staff and 272 certified staff. Schools in the city are as follows:

  • Wilcox Primary: Grades PK–1
  • Bissell Elementary School: Grades 2–3
  • Dodge Intermediate School: Grades 4–6
  • R. B. Chamberlin Middle School: Grades 7–8
  • Twinsburg High School: Grades 9–12

According to the Twinsburg City Schools,[14] The "Old School" located on Darrow Road[15] was the only school building in Twinsburg until 1957. The Twinsburg campus of Kent State Geauga occupied the "Old School" building until building a new facility in 2012.[15]

History[edit]

In 1817, a sixteen-year-old boy named Ethan Alling arrived in Township Five in the tenth range of the Connecticut Land Company, also known as Millsville. Alling was to survey the 400 acres (1.6 km2) his Connecticut family had purchased. He is considered the first settler of the town that would be renamed Twinsburg, and eventually he became the postmaster, stagecoach operator, merchant and hotel proprietor of the community.

A pair of identical twins named Moses and Aaron Wilcox from Killingworth, Connecticut, purchased some 4,000 acres (16 km2) of land in 1819 and began selling small parcels at low prices to attract other settlers. The Wilcox twins offered 6 acres (24,000 m2) of land for a public square and $20.00 toward starting the first school if the residents would change the settlement's name from Millsville to Twinsburg. Moses and Aaron Wilcox were reportedly so identical only their closest friends could tell them apart. They were lifelong business partners, held all their property in common, married sisters, had the same number of children, contracted the same fatal ailment and died within hours of each other. They are buried in the same grave in Twinsburg’s Locust Grove Cemetery.[16]

The Twinsburg Historical Society was formed in 1963. Finding a home in what was originally the Twinsburg Institute founded by Samuel Bissell, built in the 1860s, the Society’s museum houses pictures, papers and documents pertaining to the area’s history. Tools and equipment used by early artisans and farmers, furniture, household items, clothes, books, letters and records of Twinsburg’s early citizens are all showcased. The Mail Pouch Tobacco sign displayed on the barn was one of the last ones painted by famous barn painter, Harley Warrick.

Twinsburg is served by the Twinsburg Public Library.

Mayors[edit]

Mayor Years in office Notes
First Last
Anthony Perici 1979 1987 First full-time mayor[17]
James Karabec 1987 1999 Wife known as Mitzi
Katherine Procop 1999 Present

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