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Bucyrus, Ohio
—  City  —
View of downtown Bucyrus on South Sandusky Avenue.
Location of Bucyrus, Ohio
Coordinates: 40°48′22″N 82°58′23″W / 40.80611°N 82.97306°W / 40.80611; -82.97306Coordinates: 40°48′22″N 82°58′23″W / 40.80611°N 82.97306°W / 40.80611; -82.97306
Country United States
State Ohio
County Crawford
 - Mayor Daniel F. Ross
 - Total 7.3 sq mi (18.9 km2)
 - Land 7.3 sq mi (18.9 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation [1] 994 ft (303 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 13,224
 Density 1,812.0/sq mi (699.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 44820
Area code(s) 419
FIPS code 39-10030[2]
GNIS feature ID 1056736[1]
2004 Bratwurst Festival Parade

Bucyrus (pronounced /bjuːˈsaɪrəs/)[3] is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Crawford County,[4] located in northern Ohio approximately 28 miles (45 km) west of Mansfield. The population was 13,224 at the 2000 census. The city is the largest in Crawford County, and the center of the Bucyrus Micropolitan Statistical Area (as defined by the United States Census Bureau in 2003). According to James Croneis, former editor of the newspaper Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum, the name "Bucyrus" was derived from “Beautiful” and “Cyrus the Great", King of Persia by Col. James Kilbourne, who platted the community, making it the first community in the United States to use the name.

Bucyrus, known as the Bratwurst Capital of America, is home to the Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival, which is held during the third weekend annually in August. Industries located in Bucyrus include tapered roller bearings; highly engineered plow blades, wing shoes, and moldboard shoes; rubber hoses; and fluorescent lightings. Bucyrus is also the home of ESCO Bucyrus, as well as D. Picking and Company[1], a family operated manufacturer of copper kettles and timpani drums, employing the same techniques since its establishment in 1874 by its founder Daniel Picking.

The Bucyrus Foundry and Manufacturing Company, a predecessor to Bucyrus International, Inc. was founded in Bucyrus in 1880. The company moved to Wisconsin in 1893.[5]

The Lincoln Highway, later US Route 30, was routed through the city along Mansfield Street in 1913; in 1971 a modern limited access bypass was built to the north but the associated freeway links to the east and west of Bucyrus, replacing the old two-lane Lincoln Highway route, were not completed until 2005, nearly 35 years after they were first proposed.

On March 10, 2007, Bucyrus was featured as the town of the week on the nationally-syndicated Public Radio International program, Whad'Ya Know?.



Bucyrus is located at 40°48′22″N 82°58′23″W / 40.80611°N 82.97306°W / 40.80611; -82.97306 (40.806014, -82.973169)[6], along the Sandusky River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.3 square miles (18.9 km²), of which, 7.3 square miles (18.9 km²) of it is land and 0.14% is water.


Most of Bucyrus is served by the Bucyrus City School District, which currently includes three elementary schools, two middle schools and Bucyrus High School (9-12), but will consolidate into one junior/senior high and one elementary school after current reconstruction is completed. The western edges of the city limits are served by the Wynford Local School District located just west of the city, and the far eastern portion of the city is in the Colonel Crawford Local School District, headquartered in nearby North Robinson.

Bucyrus proper has no postsecondary educational institutions. Community colleges and regional four-year campuses of The Ohio State University serving Bucyrus commuters exist in nearby Mansfield and Marion, while two privates universities in nearby Tiffin also enroll many Bucyrians.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1830 308
1840 1,634 430.5%
1850 2,315 41.7%
1860 2,180 −5.8%
1870 3,066 40.6%
1880 3,835 25.1%
1890 5,974 55.8%
1900 6,569 10.0%
1910 8,122 23.6%
1920 10,425 28.4%
1930 10,027 −3.8%
1940 9,727 −3.0%
1950 10,327 6.2%
1960 12,276 18.9%
1970 13,111 6.8%
1980 13,413 2.3%
1990 13,496 0.6%
2000 13,224 −2.0%
Est. 2008 12,252 −7.4%

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 13,224 people, 5,559 households, and 3,552 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,812.0 people per square mile (699.4/km²). There were 5,955 housing units at an average density of 816.0/sq mi (315.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.38% White, 0.78% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.

There were 5,559 households out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.6% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.1% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,394, and the median income for a family was $40,120. Males had a median income of $31,743 versus $20,795 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,027. About 8.9% of families and 12.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.6% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.

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