City of Ashland
East Main Street, downtown
Location of Ashland, Ohio
Location of Ashland in Ashland County
|• Mayor||Matt Miller|
|• Total||11.35 sq mi (29.39 km2)|
|• Land||11.28 sq mi (29.22 km2)|
|• Water||0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)|
|Elevation||1,066 ft (325 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,796.79/sq mi (693.77/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|Area codes||419, 567|
|GNIS feature ID||1060832|
|Website||City of Ashland, Ohio|
Ashland is a city in and the county seat of Ashland County, Ohio, United States, 66 miles southwest of Cleveland and 82 miles northeast of Columbus. The population was 20,362 at the 2010 census. It is the center of the Ashland Micropolitan Statistical Area (as defined by the United States Census Bureau in 2003).
Ashland was laid out by Daniel Carter in 1815. Ashland was originally called Uniontown, but in 1822 the city was compelled to adopt a new name because another city in Ohio was already named Uniontown. The new name of Ashland was selected by supporters of the Kentucky congressman Henry Clay, from Ashland, his estate near Lexington.
Later, "Henry Clay High School" was considered as a name for what is now known as Ashland High School.
Ashland become an early center of manufacturing in Ohio. In 1870, brothers Francis E. Myers and Philip A. Myers went into business selling farm equipment and operating a repair shop. They secured the patent for a double-action pump that delivered water in a steady stream rather than spurts. By 1915, F.E. Myers & Bro. had 800 workers. Myers was the largest of the 47 factories in Ashland at that time. Other factories included Reliable Match Co. ("Strike Anywhere Matches"), Kauffman Mfg. Co. (manufacturer of folding chairs used in Union Army encampments), Dr. Hess & Clark (veterinary supplies and disinfectants) and T.W. Miller's Faultless Rubber Co. (rubber sundries, surgical goods and bicycle tires).
In 1912, Harry Ross Gill, an Ashland native, invented the way to make cigar-shaped balloons (until then they were only round). He started the Eagle Rubber Company in 1913 and the National Latex company in 1929. The industry that Gill developed in Ashland led to the city becoming known as "the balloon capital of the world." Ashland still celebrates its balloon heritage with its annual BalloonFest.
In July 2015, Ashland celebrated its bicentennial with a month of community events, the annual Balloonfest, and a Fourth of July parade estimated to have had 10,000 to 12,000 in attendance. Entries included the Budweiser Clydesdale, local businesses, veteran groups, antique tractors, and many community groups.
Ashland is at (40.867016, -82.315146).
According to the 2010 census, the city has an area of 11.23 square miles (29.1 km2), of which 11.17 square miles (28.9 km2) (or 99.47%) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) (or 0.53%) is water.
The city has 85.6 miles (137.8 km) of streets, one hospital, one fire station, one police station, and five parks.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, the city had 20,362 people, 8,063 households, and 4,813 families. The population density was 1,822.9 inhabitants per square mile (703.8/km2). There were 8,914 housing units at an average density of 798.0 per square mile (308.1/km2). The city's racial makeup was 95.8% White, 1.4% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.
There were 8,063 households, of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.3% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.9% 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 2.91.
The city's median age was 36.1 years. 21% of the city's population was under age 18; 15.7% was from age 18 to 24; 22.5% was from age 25 to 44; 23.1% was from age 45 to 64; and 17.7% was age 65 or older. The city's gender makeup was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.
As of the census of 2000, the city had 21,249 people, 8,327 households, and 5,262 families. The population density was 2,051.5 people per square mile (791.9/km2). There were 8,870 housing units at an average density of 856.4/sq mi (330.6/km2). The city's racial makeup was 96.35% White, 1.19% African American, 0.13% Native American, 1.05% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.85% of the population.
There were 8,327 households, of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.8% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.92.
22.6% of the city's population was under age 18, 15.4% was from age 18 to 24, 25.1% was from age 25 to 44, 20.3% was from age 45 to 64, and 16.6% was age 65 or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.0 males.
The city's median household income was $34,250, and the median family income was $42,755. Males had a median income of $33,634 versus $21,781 for females. The city's per capita income was $16,760. About 7.9% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.7% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.
On August 23, 2020, Mayor Miller proclaimed at a large open-air assembly of area churches gathered on Ashland's Freer Field, "To the extent that I am able, I give this city of Ashland to the Lord Jesus Christ."
The Ashland City School District enrolls 3,192 students in public primary and secondary schools as of the 2017–18 school year.3904350 The district operates five schools, including three elementary schools, one middle school, one high school. The city is also home to Ashland Christian School, St. Edward Catholic School, and Ashland Montessori School.
The city is home to Ashland University and Ashland Theological Seminary. Both were established by the Brethren Church—an Evangelical Protestant church in the Anabaptist tradition—which is headquartered in Ashland.
Ashland contains the Ashland Public Library.
- William B. Allison, Congressman from Iowa
- Rolla Kent Beattie, botanist
- Jessica Canseco, ex-wife of former baseball player José Canseco
- Ernest Cline, screenwriter
- Mary Hannah Fulton, medical missionary in China
- Joseph F. Holson, toxicologist and President of WIL Research Laboratories
- James P. Latta, U.S. Representative from Nebraska
- Ronnie Martin, musician
- Fred Martinelli, Hall of Fame College Football Coach
- Joseph D. Moody, president of the Southern California Dental Association and president of the Historical Society of Southern California
- Eric Musselman, NBA coach
- Thomas F. Olin, Chairman of Archway Cookies, Incorporated. (Named Ashland, Ohio's first "Citizen of the Year" in 1991)
- Tim Richmond, NASCAR driver, Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the year
- John Roseboro, Major League Baseball catcher and coach
- Edmund G. Ross, Governor of the New Mexico Territory
- Tim Seder, Football kicker
- Robert C. Springer, astronaut
- Alfred P. Swineford, Member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 1871 to 1872
- Matt Underwood, TV play-by-play announcer for the Cleveland Indians
- Ron Zook, American football player and coach
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