Ashtabula, Ohio
Overview
As of the census
Census
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 of 2000, there were 20,962 people, 8,435 households, and 5,423 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
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 was 2,775.9 people per square mile (1,072.0/km²). There were 9,151 housing units at an average density of 1,211.8 per square mile (468.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.69% White, 9.79% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.51% from other races
Race (United States Census)
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, and 2.26% from two or more races.
Encyclopedia
As of the census
Census
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 of 2000, there were 20,962 people, 8,435 households, and 5,423 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 was 2,775.9 people per square mile (1,072.0/km²). There were 9,151 housing units at an average density of 1,211.8 per square mile (468.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.69% White, 9.79% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.51% from other races
Race (United States Census)
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, and 2.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.32% of the population. 16.5% were of Italian, 14.6% German
Germans
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, 9.2% American
United States
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, 8.1% Irish
Irish people
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 and 8.1% English
English people
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 ancestry according to Census 2000. 93.1% spoke English
English language
English is a West Germanic language that arose in the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England and spread into what was to become south-east Scotland under the influence of the Anglian medieval kingdom of Northumbria...

 and 5.4% Spanish
Spanish language
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 as their first language.

There were 8,435 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.9% were married couples
Marriage
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 living together, 17.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 88.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,354, and the median income for a family was $33,454. Males had a median income of $28,436 versus $22,490 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the city was $14,034. About 17.8% of families and 21.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.2% of those under age 18 and 13.6% of those age 65 or over.
Shopping Centers

Ashtabula Towne Square

Education

The Ashtabula Area City School District serves Ashtabula (its high school, Lakeside High School
Lakeside High School (Ashtabula, Ohio)
Lakeside High School is located in Saybrook Township, near Ashtabula, Ohio, and is the only high school in the Ashtabula Area City School District. Formed in 2001, it was a merger of the two high schools which had previously existed in the district, Harbor High School and Ashtabula High School...

, is located outside of the city). Kent State University at Ashtabula is also located in Ashtabula.

Notable people

  • Jim Bollman
    Jim Bollman
    Jim Bollman is the current offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team. Bollman has been the offensive coordinator for the Buckeyes since 2001, covering the entire tenure of head coach Jim Tressel.-External links:...

     offensive coordinator of the Ohio State Buckeyes
    Ohio State Buckeyes
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  • Jarrod Bunch
    Jarrod Bunch
    Jarrod Ray Bunch is a former American football running back in the National Football League who played for the New York Giants from 1991 to 1993 and the Los Angeles Raiders in 1994...

    , former NFL 1st round draft choice by the New York Giants
    New York Giants
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  • Charles E. Burchfield
    Charles E. Burchfield
    Charles Ephraim Burchfield was an American painter and visionary artist, known for his passionate watercolors of nature scenes and townscapes...

    , American watercolor painter
  • Edwin Cowles
    Edwin Cowles
    Edwin Cowles , born in Austinburg, was the publisher of The Cleveland Leader, Vice-President of the 1884 Republican National Convention, postmaster of Cleveland, April 4, 1861 - July 11, 1865, and elder brother of Alfred Cowles, Sr., also a newspaper publisher.-References:...

     (1825–1890), born in Austinburg, publisher and editor of the Cleveland Leader and one of the founders of the Republican Party
    Republican Party (United States)
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  • Joshua Reed Giddings
    Joshua Reed Giddings
    Joshua Reed Giddings was an American statesman and a prominent opponent of slavery. He represented Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1838-59. He was at first a member of the Whig Party and was later a Republican.-Life:He was born at Tioga Point, now Athens, Bradford County,...

     and Benjamin Wade
    Benjamin Wade
    Benjamin Franklin "Bluff" Wade was a U.S. lawyer and United States Senator. In the Senate, he was associated with the Radical Republicans of that time.-Early life:...

    , two of the earliest and most powerful Republicans from 1850–1870
  • Jesse Fuller McDonald
    Jesse Fuller McDonald
    Jesse Fuller McDonald was an American public official civil engineer and surveyor, born in Ashtabula, Ohio.Colorado's 16th governor was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, on June 30, 1858. After completing his education in Ohio's public school system, he studied civil engineering and surveying...

    , 16th governor of Colorado
    Colorado
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  • Urban Meyer
    Urban Meyer
    Urban Frank Meyer, III is an American football coach and former player. He is head football coach at Ohio State University, having been hired for the position in November 2011...

    , head football coach at Ohio State University
    Ohio State University
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     and former head football coach at the University of Florida
    University of Florida
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  • Joseph Naper
    Joseph Naper
    Joseph Naper was a shipbuilder, businessman, politician, and town founder.Born in Bennington, Vermont, Naper traveled with his parents during his youth to Ashtabula, Ohio, where he helped his father, who was a ship builder. The Naper ships plied the Great Lakes with Fort Dearborn on Lake Michigan...

    , founder of Naperville, Illinois
  • Danielle Nicolet
    Danielle Nicolet
    Danielle Nicolet is an American television and film actress.-Career:Born Danielle Diggs in Ashtabula, Ohio, Nicolet began acting in the 1990s when she appeared in a recurring role in the sitcom Family Matters. In 1996, she landed the role of Caryn on 3rd Rock from the Sun, a role she would reprise...

    , American actress best known from a supporting role on 3rd Rock from the Sun
    3rd Rock from the Sun
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  • Maila Nurmi
    Maila Nurmi
    Maila Nurmi was a Finnish-American actress who created the campy 1950s characterVampira. She portrayed Vampira as TV's first horror host and in the Ed Wood cult film Plan 9 from Outer Space...

     (stage name Vampira
    Maila Nurmi
    Maila Nurmi was a Finnish-American actress who created the campy 1950s characterVampira. She portrayed Vampira as TV's first horror host and in the Ed Wood cult film Plan 9 from Outer Space...

    ), Hollywood actress raised in Ashtabula
  • Louis C. Shepard
    Louis C. Shepard
    Lewis Capet Shepard was born in Ashtabula County, Ohio and was a Union Navy sailor during the American Civil War who received America's highest military decoration the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Second Battle of Fort Fisher...

    , American Civil War
    American Civil War
    The American Civil War was a civil war fought in the United States of America. In response to the election of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States, 11 southern slave states declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America ; the other 25...

     Medal of Honor
    Medal of Honor
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     recipient from Ashtabula County, buried in Lakeview cemetery, Port Clinton
    Port Clinton, Ohio
    Port Clinton is a city in and the county seat of Ottawa County, Ohio, United States. The population was 6,056 at the 2010 census. The city has been nicknamed the "Walleye Capital of the World."...

    , Ottawa County, Ohio
    Ottawa County, Ohio
    Ottawa County is a county located in the state of Ohio, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 41,428. Its county seat is Port Clinton and is named either for the Ottawa Indians who lived there, or for an Indian word meaning "trader"....

  • Platt Rogers Spencer
    Platt Rogers Spencer
    Platt Rogers Spencer was born in East Fishkill, New York, on November 7, 1800, and died in Geneva, Ohio, on May 16, 1864. Spencer is credited as being the originator of Spencerian penmanship, a popular system of cursive handwriting....

    , the inventor of Spencerian Script
    Spencerian Script
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     of writing
  • Decius Wade
    Decius Wade
    Decius Spear Wade was an American attorney, judge, writer, and politician who has been called the "Father of Montana Jurisprudence" for his role in establishing the common law and statutory law of the U.S. state of Montana...

    ,was an American attorney, judge, writer, and politician who has been called the "Father of Montana Jurisprudence" for his role in establishing the common law and statutory law of the U.S. state of Montana.
  • Connie Schultz
    Connie Schultz
    Connie Schultz , of Avon, Ohio, has been a nationally syndicated columnist based at The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper. She won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for commentary and had been finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing....

    , an American Pulitzer Prize author in 2005 for commentary.
  • Sheila McCarthy
    Sheila McCarthy
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    , 1994 state runner-up in high jump
  • Jordan Dean, An American model best known for starring in Kanye West
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    's Coldest Winter music video.

See also

  • Ashtabula River Railroad Disaster
    Ashtabula River Railroad Disaster
    The Ashtabula River Railroad Disaster was a train disaster caused by bridge failure...

  • Ashtabula lift bridge
    Ashtabula lift bridge
    The Ashtabula lift bridge is a Strauss bascule bridge that carries Ohio State Route 531 over the Ashtabula River in the harbor of Ashtabula, Ohio. Built in 1925, it is one of only two of its type that remain in service in the state of Ohio. In 1985 it was listed on the National Register of...

  • Ashtabula Harbour Commercial District
    Ashtabula Harbour Commercial District
    Ashtabula Harbour Commercial District is a registered historic district in Ashtabula, Ohio, listed in the National Register on 1975-09-05. It contains 25 contributing buildings....

  • List of people from Ashtabula, Ohio

Trivia

  • The city is not the county seat of Ashtabula County, as the city's name may imply. The county seat of Ashtabula County is Jefferson
    Jefferson, Ohio
    Jefferson is a village in Ashtabula County, Ohio, United States. The population was 3,572 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Ashtabula County. Modern-day Jefferson sports the world's only perambulator museum and a historical complex including several restored 18th century buildings....

    .
  • Ashtabula was mentioned in Bob Dylan
    Bob Dylan
    Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, musician, poet, film director and painter. He has been a major and profoundly influential figure in popular music and culture for five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when he was an informal chronicler and a seemingly...

    's song "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
    You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
    "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" is a song by Bob Dylan, released on his 15th studio album Blood on the Tracks in 1975.-Cover versions:*Ben Watt made a cover of the song for his 1983 debut album North Marine Drive....

    " off of his 1975 album Blood on the Tracks
    Blood on the Tracks
    Blood on the Tracks is Bob Dylan's 15th studio album, released by Columbia Records in January 1975. The album marked Dylan's return to Columbia after a two-album stint with Asylum Records....

    .
  • Jack Kerouac passes through Ashtabula in a Greyhound Bus in his novel On the Road
    On the Road
    On the Road is a novel by American writer Jack Kerouac, written in April 1951, and published by Viking Press in 1957. It is a largely autobiographical work that was based on the spontaneous road trips of Kerouac and his friends across mid-century America. It is often considered a defining work of...

    .
  • Ashtabula is listed as a train stop in "The Pilgrim (film)" by Charlie Chaplin.

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