|• Mayor||Ruth Zerkle (R)|
|• Total||7.77 sq mi (20.12 km2)|
|• Land||7.75 sq mi (20.07 km2)|
|• Water||0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)|
|Elevation||1,050 ft (320 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||11,639|
|• Density||1,521.7/sq mi (587.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1065415|
Urbana is a city in and the county seat of Champaign County, Ohio, United States, 47 miles (76 km) west of Columbus. Urbana was laid out in 1805, and for a time in 1812 was the headquarters of the Northwestern army. Urbana was named after the town of Urbanna, Virginia. It is the burial place of the Indian fighter Simon Kenton. In 1900, 6,808 people lived in Urbana; in 1910, 7,739; and in 1940, 8,335. The population was 11,793 at the 2010 census. It is the home of Urbana University.
Urbana is located at (40.110937, -83.751463).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.77 square miles (20.12 km2), of which 7.75 square miles (20.07 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water. Urbana is the centerpiece of a proposed project by a Manhattan-based, British-owned wind energy firm that will experiment in siting hundreds of industrial 492-foot turbines next to moderately populated residential areas.
As of the census of 2010, there were 11,793 people, 4,808 households, and 2,932 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,521.7 inhabitants per square mile (587.5 /km2). There were 5,401 housing units at an average density of 696.9 per square mile (269.1 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.7% White, 5.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.
There were 4,808 households of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.3% were married couples living together, 14.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.0% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.95.
The median age in the city was 38.2 years. 23.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 11.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.1% were from 25 to 44; 25.3% were from 45 to 64; and 16.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.1% male and 52.9% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 11,613 people, 4,859 households, and 2,998 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,702.3 people per square mile (657.4/km²). There were 5,210 housing units at an average density of 763.7 per square mile (295.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.03% White, 5.95% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.48% from other races, and 1.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.08% of the population.
There were 4,859 households out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.3% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.92.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 87.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $33,702, and the median income for a family was $42,857. Males had a median income of $33,092 versus $26,817 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,831. About 7.2% of families and 10.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.3% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.
Urbana's economy is composed of multiple industries including Rittal, Honeywell Aerospace, Honeywell Inc., Control Industries, Freshwater Farms among others. The historic square downtown provides services ranging from accounting, banking, fine dining, bars and personal care. The Champaign County Farmers Market takes place on a weekly basis in downtown Urbana. The American Farmland Trust named it as one of America's four favorite farmers markets.
Urbana is primarily served by the Urbana City School District, which includes Urbana High School. Urbana University offers liberal arts tertiary education opportunities in a small college environment. Urbana University offers 28 undergraduate majors in a variety of disciplines, graduate degrees in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Education and Nursing, and opportunities for international students desiring to study in the United States. The Urbana School District includes North Elementary, which accepts students in grades K-2; South Elementary, which is North's counterpart; East Elementary, which accepts students in grades 3-4; and Local Intermediate, a school that accepts students in grades 5-6 and is located on the outskirts of the town.
On June 4, 1897, residents of Urbana formed a lynch mob and fought their way into the town jail to remove Charles Mitchell, a black man. Mitchell was subsequently killed by the mob and his body was left to hang in town. At least one Urbana citizen was killed by the state militia, which had been activated to guard Mitchell from the mob.
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- Clancy Brown - actor and producer
- Clarence J. "Bud" Brown Jr. - former U.S. Congressman and Deputy Director of Commerce under United States President Ronald Reagan
- Moses Bledso Corwin - attorney and member of United States House of Representatives
- Andrew Daniel - winner of Big Brother 5 (U.S.), born on April 28, 1982
- Pete Dye - Hall of Fame golf course architect, grew up in Urbana
- Robert Morton Duncan, lawyer and jurist
- Robert L. Eichelberger - United States Army general who commanded the US Eighth Army in the South West Pacific Area during World War II
- Warren G. Grimes - "Father of the Aircraft Lighting Industry", prominent entrepreneur and inventor,(1898–1975)
- Charles T. Hinde, a successful businessman and riverboat captain.
- Edmund C. Hinde, famous gold miner during the California Gold Rush.
- Thomas S. Hinde, Methodist minister, founder of Mount Carmel, Illinois, and famous writer.
- Robert R. Hitt - United States Assistant Secretary of State, was born in Urbana on January 16, 1834
- Raymond Hubbell - composer of musicals, including the song "Poor Butterfly"
- Simon Kenton - frontiersman is buried in Urbana
- Tony Locke - Arena Football League wide receiver
- Joseph Vance - 13th Governor of Ohio
- John Quincy Adams Ward - sculptor of the George Washington on the steps of Federal Hall in Wall Street
- Brand Whitlock - appointed Minister to Belgium by United States President Woodrow Wilson
- A mid-air crash between TWA Flight 553 and a Beechcraft Baron over Urbana on March 9, 1967 resulted in 26 fatalities.
- Urbana was a stop along the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad that connected Pittsburgh to Chicago and St. Louis.
- A B-17 bomber from World War II is being restored by volunteers at Grimes Field, the local airport.
- Curry Normal and Industrial Institute
- Grimes Field
- Urbana Daily Citizen - local newspaper
- Urbana Monument Square Historic District
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