Downtown Ravenna along Main Street in 2009
Location of Ravenna, Ohio
Location within Portage County.
|• Total||5.68 sq mi (14.71 km2)|
|• Land||5.63 sq mi (14.58 km2)|
|• Water||0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)|
|Elevation||1,132 ft (345 m)|
|• Estimate (2013)||11,556|
|• Density||2,082.4/sq mi (804.0/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|Area code(s)||330, 234|
|GNIS feature ID||1061586|
Ravenna is a city in Portage County, Ohio, United States. It was formed from portions of Ravenna Township in the Connecticut Western Reserve. The population was 11,771 at the 2000 Census and 11,724 in 2010. It is the county seat of Portage County. It is named for the city of Ravenna, Italy.
Ravenna is part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The following highways pass through Ravenna:
As of the census of 2010, there were 11,724 people, 5,055 households, and 2,860 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,082.4 inhabitants per square mile (804.0/km2). There were 5,566 housing units at an average density of 988.6 per square mile (381.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.1% White, 5.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.
There were 5,055 households of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.8% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.4% were non-families. 35.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% 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 2.96.
The median age in the city was 37.9 years. 22.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.6% were from 25 to 44; 26.5% were from 45 to 64; and 14.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 11,771 people, 4,980 households, and 2,997 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,199.2 people per square mile (849.5/km²). There were 5,313 housing units at an average density of 992.6 per square mile (383.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.03% White, 4.42% Black, 0.25% American Indian, 0.39% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.91% of the population.
There were 4,980 households out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.8% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $35,650, and the median income for a family was $46,090. Males had a median income of $33,574 versus $25,320 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,862. About 6.0% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.9% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.
Elementary and secondary education for students in Ravenna and Ravenna Township is provided by the Ravenna School District, which includes: Ravenna High School, Brown Middle School, Carlin Elementary, Willyard Elementary, West Park Elementary (strickly for Kindergartern), and West Main Elementary. Ravenna is also home to the Maplewood Career Center, a vocational school which serves high school-aged students from ten high schools in Portage and Summit counties and offers adult education programs.
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- Chris Bangle; automobile designer
- Dana Beal; Youth International Party (Yippie movement) figure and marijuana activist
- Wally Bell; MLB umpire
- Bill Bower, last surviving pilot of the Doolittle Raid
- David D. Busch; best-selling author
- William Rufus Day; U.S. Supreme Court justice
- L. W. de Laurence; pioneering mail order entrepreneur, author and publisher of occult and spiritual topics
- Calvin Hampton; classical organist
- Nate Hartley; actor in films such as Drillbit Taylor, Role Models, and Disney television show Zeke and Luther
- Robert B. "Yank" Heisler; Key Bank chairman, Dean Kent State University College of Business Administration
- Al Hodge; actor in films such as Captain Video and The Green Hornet and producer of The Lone Ranger radio program
- Maynard James Keenan; singer for Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer
- Marvin Kent; politician and businessman, namesake for neighboring city of Kent
- Peggy King; singer and television personality
- Frederick J. Loudin; Singer and leader of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, inventor and manufacturer
- Don Nottingham; pro football player
- Henry Adoniram Swift; third governor of Minnesota
- Erastus B. Tyler; Union general in the American Civil War
- Jeff West; pro football kicker
- Don M. Wilson III; former Chief Risk Officer at JP Morgan Chase Bank
The current mayor of Ravenna (as of January 4, 2010) is Joseph Bica.
Prior to Bica, the mayor of Ravenna was Kevin Poland. Poland replaced long-time mayor Paul Jones who retired and moved to Florida after a scandal investigation regarding his practices as mayor. Ravenna Police Chief Randy McCoy initiated formal investigations by the county prosecutor after learning that the FBI had begun conducting a formal investigation of the former Mayor. The major focus of the city's investigation involved the Mayor's son, Paul Jones Jr., who was paid more than $274,900 over eight years for a questionable mowing contract.
In March, 2007, Jones was sentenced to sixteen months in a federal prison for various fraud charges.
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