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Celina, Ohio

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Celina, Ohio
City Hall
City Hall
Motto: "One Of The 100 Best Small Towns!"
Location of Celina, Ohio
Location of Celina, Ohio
Location of Celina in Mercer County
Location of Celina in Mercer County
Coordinates: 40°33′5″N 84°34′12″W / 40.55139°N 84.57000°W / 40.55139; -84.57000Coordinates: 40°33′5″N 84°34′12″W / 40.55139°N 84.57000°W / 40.55139; -84.57000
Country United States
State Ohio
County Mercer
 • Mayor Jeffrey Hazel
 • Total 5.27 sq mi (13.65 km2)
 • Land 4.98 sq mi (12.90 km2)
 • Water 0.29 sq mi (0.75 km2)
Elevation[2] 876 ft (267 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 10,400
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 10,395
 • Density 2,088.4/sq mi (806.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 45822, 45826
Area code(s) 419
FIPS code 39-12868[5]
GNIS feature ID 1048589[2]
Website City of Celina, Ohio

Celina (/səˈlnə/ sə-LY-nə) is a city in and the county seat of Mercer County, Ohio, United States.[6] The population was 10,400 at the 2010 census. Celina is situated on the western shores of Grand Lake St. Marys.


James Watson Riley established Celina in 1834.[7] The settlement was named after Salina, New York.[8]


Celina is located at 40°33′5″N 84°34′12″W / 40.55139°N 84.57000°W / 40.55139; -84.57000 (40.551459, -84.570057),[9] at an elevation of 886 feet (270 m).[10] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.27 square miles (13.65 km2), of which 4.98 square miles (12.90 km2) is land and 0.29 square miles (0.75 km2) is water.[1]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 222
1860 307 38.3%
1870 859 179.8%
1880 1,346 56.7%
1890 2,702 100.7%
1900 2,815 4.2%
1910 3,493 24.1%
1920 4,226 21.0%
1930 4,664 10.4%
1940 4,841 3.8%
1950 5,703 17.8%
1960 7,659 34.3%
1970 7,779 1.6%
1980 9,127 17.3%
1990 9,650 5.7%
2000 10,303 6.8%
2010 10,400 0.9%
Est. 2014 10,373 [11] −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
Religion in Celina
religion percent
Roman Catholic
No Religion

The median income for a household in the city was $42,120, and the median income for a family was $48,965. The per capita income for the city was $20,848. About 12.7% of the population were below the poverty line.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2010, there were 10,400 people, 4,264 households, and 2,791 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,087.9 people per square mile (906.2/km²). There were 4,841 housing units at an average density of 1,017.3 per square mile (392.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.9% White, 0.5% African American, 0.4% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.4% Pacific Islander. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.8% of the population.

There were 4,329 households of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.5% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 27.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of 19, 24.4% from 20 to 39, 26.2% from 40 to 59, 15.5% from 60 to 79, and 6.1% who were 80 years of age or older. The median age was 38.3 years.


Huffy Bicycle and Mersman Furniture formerly had manufacturing plants in Celina but have since closed. Companies such as Celina Aluminum Precision Technology (a Honda supplier), Crown Equipment Corporation (located in Huffy's former location), and Reynolds and Reynolds are the largest manufacturing employers. Eighth Floor, LLC, Thieman Tailgates, McKirnan Brothers, Inc. and Celina Tent Inc. are also based out of Celina. There are also lot of farms as a result of the rich soil after the draining. Celina grows mainly soybeans, corn, and wheat.[12][not in citation given]

Arts and culture[edit]

Freedom Days Picnic[edit]

Celina hosts the annual Freedom Days Picnic in early July in honor of American Independence.

Celina Lake Festival[edit]

Mercer County Fair Demo Derby

During the last weekend in July, Celina hosts the annual Celina Lake Festival to celebrate Celina's history on Grand Lake St. Marys. The Lake Festival is host to one of the largest Amphicar gatherings in the world. The cars gather on Friday night for a "swim-in".

Mercer County Fair[edit]

During the second week in August, Celina is home to the Mercer County Fair and hosts many arts and crafts, livestock, food, rides, and the demolition derby.

Governor's Cup Regatta[edit]

Celina hosts the annual Governors Cup Regatta which features Hydroplane racing on Grand Lake St. Marys.


Public schools[edit]

Celina Public Schools belong to the Celina City School District. The district has three elementary schools, a middle school and a high school.[13]

The district reorganized the grade locations for the 2014 school year. The schools include Celina Primary School (K-2), Celina Elementary School (3-4), Celina Intermediate Elementary School (5-6), Celina Middle School (7-8), and Celina High School (9-12).[14] There is an alternative high school located at the Education Complex.

The Celina-Mercer County Head Start Program is for children in Pre-School. There are two locations in the Celina district where Head Start is located: The Celina City Schools Education Complex and the Celina City Schools Franklin Building.

There are Tri-Star classes located at the Celina High School, the Celina City Schools Education Complex, and the Franklin Building.

Colleges and universities[edit]

Wright State University's Lake Campus is located off State Route 703 on 600 Lake Campus Drive in Celina.


The Mercer County District Library's main library is located at 303 North Main Street in Celina. The district library also has branches in St. Henry, Mendon, and Chickasaw.


Grand Lake

Celina is served by a daily newspaper, The Daily Standard, first published in 1848. It circulates about 10,000 copies a day.

Celina is also served by three local radio stations, WCSM AM and FM and WKKI FM. WCSM-FM broadcasts at 96.7 and plays adult contemporary music. WCSM-AM broadcasts at 1350 and features news, talk, and the Music of Your Life adult standards format. WKKI broadcasts at 94.3 and plays rock.

Notable people[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. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  4. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^ History Celina, Ohio
  8. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 73. 
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Celina, Ohio
  11. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Mercer County Ranks First Statewide in Ohio 2002 Farm Income". The Daily Standard. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Celina City Schools". Celina City Schools. Retrieved August 4, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Our Schools". Celina City Schools. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  15. ^ Galen Cisco at SABR Baseball Biography Project

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