Wooster, Ohio

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Wooster, Ohio
East Liberty Street in Downtown Wooster
East Liberty Street in Downtown Wooster
Location of Wooster in Wayne County and state of Ohio
Location of Wooster in Wayne County and state of Ohio
Coordinates: 40°48′33″N 81°56′14″W / 40.80917°N 81.93722°W / 40.80917; -81.93722Coordinates: 40°48′33″N 81°56′14″W / 40.80917°N 81.93722°W / 40.80917; -81.93722
CountryUnited States
 • TypeMayor-Council
 • MayorRobert Breneman (R)
 • Total17.37 sq mi (44.98 km2)
 • Land17.32 sq mi (44.86 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)
Elevation997 ft (304 m)
 • Total27,232
 • Density1,572.20/sq mi (607.04/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code330
FIPS code39-86548[3]
GNIS feature ID1049345[2]

Wooster (/ˈwʊstər/ WUUS-tər) is the county seat of Wayne County, Ohio, United States. Located in northeastern Ohio, the city lies approximately 50 mi (80 km) south-southwest of Cleveland, 35 mi (56 km) southwest of Akron and 30 mi (48 km) west of Canton. The population was 27,232 at the 2020 census.[4] It is the largest in Wayne County, and the center of the Wooster micropolitan area. Wooster has the main branch and administrative offices of the Wayne County Public Library,[5] and is home to the private College of Wooster. fDi magazine ranked Wooster among North America's top 10 micro cities for business friendliness and strategy in 2013.[6][7]


Wooster was established in 1808 by John Bever, William Henry, and Joseph Larwill and named after David Wooster, a general in the American Revolutionary War.[8]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.36 square miles (42.37 km2), of which, 16.31 square miles (42.24 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.[9]


The local bedrock consists of the Cuyahoga Formation (shale) and the overlying Logan Formation (sandstone and conglomerate), both Lower Carboniferous and rich in fossils.[10]


In 2011, 93.3% spoke English, 2.4% Spanish, and 1.3% German.[11][12]

2010 census[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
2021 (est.)26,751−1.8%

As of the census[16] of 2010, there were 26,119 people, 10,733 households, and 6,244 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,601.4 inhabitants per square mile (618.3/km2). There were 11,822 housing units at an average density of 724.8 per square mile (279.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.2% White, 3.6% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 10,733 households, of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.1% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.8% were non-families. 35.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age in the city was 37.3 years. 20.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 14.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.1% were from 25 to 44; 25.1% were from 45 to 64; and 16.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 24,811 people, 10,040 households, and 6,174 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,726.1 people per square mile (666.6/km2). There were 10,674 housing units at an average density of 742.6 per square mile (286.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.59% White, 3.82% African American, 0.26% Native American, 1.54% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.07% of the population.

There were 10,040 households, out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.5% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.7% 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 2.88.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 22.0% under the age of 18, 14.9% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,400, and the median income for a family was $47,118. Males had a median income of $34,021 versus $23,608 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,505. About 7.8% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.5% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.


Wooster is the headquarters of several industrial entities. Buehler Food Markets Inc., Wooster Brush, Seaman Corp., Tricor Industrial, CRW Inc, and Certified Angus Beef have corporate headquarters located in Wooster. Rubbermaid made its corporate headquarters in Wooster until the end of 2003. LuK, the German maker of dual-clutch transmissions has its North America headquarters in Wooster where mainly torque converters are produced. Other large commercial operations in Wooster are Frito-Lay, Akron Brass, United Titanium, Western Reserve Group Insurance Company, Daisy Brands, and Bogner Construction Company. Wooster is also the world headquarters of the Prentke Romich Company (PRC) which is a member of a consortium of companies that produce assistive technology and augmentative communication devices.[17]

For its size, Wooster is also dedicated to the "industry of education." It has the College of Wooster, and two subsidiaries of Ohio State University: the Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI); and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), a teaching and research facility dedicated to agricultural science.

In addition to these industries, Wooster remains an agricultural center for Ohio. The OARDC enriches the local farms with knowledge and expertise, which is proudly displayed at the annual Wayne County Fair, held each September (see also Fair). Students in Wooster and surrounding rural communities continue to enroll in youth farming programs such as 4-H and National FFA Organization. Many Amish farmers come to Wooster by horse-and-buggy for commerce as well. In June 2013, the city of Wooster announced that Daisy Brand, a sour cream producer, plans to open a new Midwest manufacturing plant in Wooster. Daisy Brand promised to create at least 89 full-time positions and is slated to begin production sometime in 2016.

The overlap of strong education and advanced manufacturing has led to number of small innovative firms being founded in Wooster in recent years including Quasar Energy Group,[18] ExpenseWire,[19] ABS Materials,[20] 3i-ingredients, and Cureo.[21] Wooster also has a local food community including Local Roots, a collective year round farmer's market for locally produced goods. At present, there are over 150 local farmers and producers. Local Roots has garnered national attention for its innovative efforts.[22]

Arts and culture[edit]

Wooster, and the greater Wayne County community, is served by the Wayne Center for the Arts, which displays artwork by local artists, offers instructional courses, and stages performances.[23]

The College of Wooster is home to the Ohio Light Opera, a professional opera company that performs the light opera repertory, including Gilbert and Sullivan, and American, British, and continental operettas of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.[24]

The Wooster Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1915, is a joint venture between the Wooster community and the College of Wooster. The Symphony is the second oldest continually performing in the state.[25]

Points of interest[edit]

Kauke Hall at the College of Wooster


For the 2007–2008 season, Wooster was granted a team in the Mid-Atlantic Hockey League called the Wooster Warriors. The MAHL suspended operations of February 2008,[27] and the Warriors subsequently relocated to Trenton, Michigan.

Wooster was the home to the Wooster Korn Kings, which was a minor league professional ice hockey team that was a member of the All American Hockey League.[28] The team's home arena was Alice Noble Ice Arena.

The Wooster Oilers began playing at the Alice Noble Ice Arena in 2006. The team competes in the North American 3 Hockey League, and won the 2009–2010 championship. The team moves players to higher levels of junior or college hockey.[citation needed]

Parks and recreation[edit]

Wooster Memorial Park, locally known as Spangler Park, contains 7 mi (11 km) of hiking trails through woods, ravines, and open fields along the Rathburn Run. Christmas Run Park has playgrounds, pavilions, and a picnic area. Schellin Park has a skate park, playground and picnic facilities.[29] Oak Hill Park has pavilions and paved walking trails. Freedlander park has the pool, basketball courts, pavilions, and a pond as well.[citation needed]

Acres of Fun is a local entertainment complex which offers family activities like go-karting and laser tag. The College of Wooster has a golf course, bowling alley, and multipurpose athletic facility open to the public. Also located in the city is Wooster Skateland, an indoor ice skating and hockey facility open year-round.[citation needed]


Mayor and council[edit]

The city is governed by an elected mayor. On January 1, 2008, former Councilman Bob Breneman (R) was sworn in as Mayor.[30]

There is a seven-member City Council: Mark Cavin (D-1st Ward), Jennifer Warden (D-2nd Ward), David Silvestri (R-3rd Ward), Scott Myers (I-4th Ward), and at-large members Bill Bostansic (D), Jon Ansel (R) and Craig Sanders (R). Meetings are presided over by Mike Buytendyk (R) the City Council president who is elected at-large and only votes to break a tie. Jon Ansel is the council president pro tempore.

Elected representatives[edit]

As of 2019, the city is represented in the Ohio House of Representatives by Scott Wiggam (R); in the Ohio Senate by Kristina Roegner (R); in the U.S. House of Representatives by Anthony Gonzalez (R), and in the U.S Senate by Sherrod Brown (D) and Rob Portman (R).



Wooster Daily Record headquarters

The city has a daily newspaper, The Daily Record, previously published by Dix Communications/Wooster Republican Printing Co. Currently published by Gannett, and a weekly paper, The Wooster Weekly News, published by Graphic Publications Inc. In addition, the Akron Beacon Journal occasionally covers the city and Wayne County. Students of Wooster High School publish a bi-weekly student run publication, The Wooster Blade[31].


The city has a locally owned interactive city magazine, WoosterGrapevine.com. It includes local news, events, classifieds, arcades, photos, videos, and other local information.


U.S. Route 30 and U.S. Route 250, as well as Ohio State Route 3 and Ohio State Route 83, run through the center of the city.

The Wayne County Airport (BJJ) serves as an air access point for many of the businesses throughout the city. The Akron-Canton Airport is the nearest commercial airport with scheduled passenger flights.

Prior to Amtrak's establishment the Penn Central ran the daily Manhattan Limited (Chicago - Pittsburgh - New York City) through Wooster.[32]

Notable people[edit]

The following individuals were born in, raised in, lived in, or currently live in Wooster.

Sister cities[edit]

Wooster has one sister city:

See also[edit]

  • Wooster Nagar, a fishing village in India named after Wooster, whose residents funded the construction of houses there


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