Holy Trinity Catholic Church, which dominates the village's skyline
Location of Coldwater, Ohio
Detailed map of Coldwater
|• Mayor||Joe Knapschaefer|
|• Total||1.97 sq mi (5.10 km2)|
|• Land||1.92 sq mi (4.97 km2)|
|• Water||0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)|
|Elevation||912 ft (278 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||4,443|
|• Density||2,305.7/sq mi (890.2/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1060984|
Coldwater is located at (40.480402, -84.629332).
As of 2000 the median income for a household in the village was $63,382, and the median income for a family was $81,076. Males had a median income of $47,055 versus $42,401 for females. The per capita income for the village was $29,583. About 2.2% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.2% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.
As of the census of 2010, there were 4,427 people, 1,726 households, and 1,176 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,305.7 inhabitants per square mile (890.2/km2). There were 1,817 housing units at an average density of 946.4 per square mile (365.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 99.0% White, 0.1% African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 0.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.
There were 1,726 households of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.9% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% 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 3.10.
The median age in the village was 39.2 years. 26.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.9% were from 25 to 44; 25.9% were from 45 to 64; and 17.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.
Coldwater was founded in 1838, by David Buzzard who opened the first general store in the new town. The town was originally named Buzzard's Glory, but later renamed Coldwater. The town was laid out by William Munsell, with the first plat recorded in 1859. Coldwater was originally settled by Catholic German immigrants, and the ethnic and religious makeup of the town remain largely unchanged. Coldwater was once home to New Idea, the first manufacturer of automatic manure spreaders. New Idea was closed in 1999.
Coldwater was once a stop on both the New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad and the Cincinnati Northern Railroad. The portion of the New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad that ran through Coldwater is now operated by R.J. Corman Railroad Group. The New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad has been abandoned through Coldwater for many decades. During the 1980s, the segment of the New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad between Coldwater and Celina was converted into a paved bicycle path.
It is home to Coldwater High School, Coldwater Middle School, and Coldwater Elementary School, public schools that are part of the Coldwater Exempted Village School District.
It is home to the Coldwater Public Library, which is largely funded by the proceeds from the annual Coldwater Community Picnic.
Coldwater was the setting for the 2012 film Touchback; however, the events portrayed in the film are not related to the town.
Coldwater Community Picnic
Annually, on the first weekend of August, a small festival is held at Memorial Park, usually consisting of food, drinks, carnival rides, concerts, games, a parade, and sporting events. Festivities are kicked off by "sidewalk sales" and Friday night fireworks at the town's shopping center. Proceeds from the festival are used to improve the park and library.
There are several restaurants in town, most of which specialize in either burgers or pizza. Many of the restaurants also operate as bars late at night. An area culinary specialty is tenderloins, a tenderized and breaded pork loin similar to schnitzel, served on a sandwich. Another local specialty is "grits", which is also known as goetta in the city of Cincinnati.
Attending sporting events, particularly high school games, is a popular form of entertainment. Many community members will attend high school sports on a regular basis.
Another entertainment hub for local patrons, including the infamous Strike, is McSober's Saloon. The establishment is known for its upbeat nightlife and quality service, spearheaded by former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader Geri Post.
Holy Trinity Catholic Church is the oldest and largest religious institution. Coldwater is also home to Covenant Community Church and Coldwater United Methodist Church.
- Keith Wenning, quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals
- Keven Stammen, professional poker player, winner of 2014 World Poker Tour
- Ross Homan, former linebacker for the Ohio State Buckeyes
- Jesse E. Moorland, abolitionist and theology professor at Howard University
- Steve Vagedes, former Arena Football League playerf
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