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Portage County, Ohio
Map of Ohio highlighting Portage County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Seat Ravenna
Largest city Kent
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

507 sq mi (1,313 km²)
492 sq mi (1,275 km²)
15 sq mi (38 km²), 2.90%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

152,061
309/sq mi (119/km²)
Founded June 7, 1807[1]
Named for the portage between the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas Rivers
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.co.portage.oh.us

Portage County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of 2000, the population was 152,061. Its county seat is Ravenna[2]. Portage County is named for the portage between the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas Rivers. [3] Portage County is part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

The name "Portage" comes from an old Native American path called "Portage Trail", which ran between the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas rivers, where travelers portaged their canoes. The location of the trail today is within the boundaries of neighboring Summit County.

The first European settler in what is now Portage County was Abraham Honey in 1798 in the area now known as Mantua Township, followed by Asa Hall in what is now Atwater Township in April 1799; Benjamin Tappan, Jr. in what is now Ravenna, David Daniels in what is now Palmyra Township, and Ebenezer Sheldon in what is now Aurora all arrived in June 1799.[4]

When first settled, the area that presently constitutes Portage County was part of the original Jefferson County, which had been organized in 1797.[5] In 1800, the area was made part of Trumbull County, which followed the boundaries of the Connecticut Western Reserve.[6]

Geography

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Geographic features

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 507 square miles (1,313 km²).492 square miles (1,275 km²) of it is land and 15 square miles (38 km²) of it (2.90%) is water.

West Branch State Park is a very large state park in central Portage County, consisting of a large green surrounding the Michael J. Kirwan Dam and Reservoir. There are a number of smaller state and local parks.

Major highways

Interstate 80, Interstate 76, and U.S. Route 224 pass through Portage County heading east-west.

Interstate 480 connects to Interstate 80 and State Route 14 in Streetsboro and is a major thoroughfare for those heading north. It also serves to connect Portage County to Cleveland proper.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Portage County
Population by year[1]

1810 2,995
1820 10,095
1830 18,826
1840 22,965
1850 24,419
1860 24,208
1870 24,584
1880 27,500
1890 27,868
1900 29,246
1910 30,307
1920 36,369
1930 42,682
1940 46,660
1950 63,954
1960 91,798
1970 125,868
1980 135,856
1990 142,585
2000 152,061

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 152,061 people, 56,449 households, and 39,175 families residing in the county. The population density was 309 people per square mile (119/km²). There were 60,096 housing units at an average density of 122 per square mile (47/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.40% White, 3.18% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.82% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. 0.72% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.5% were of German, 11.0% Irish, 9.9% Italian, 9.7% English, 9.7% American and 5.2% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000. 96.1% spoke English and 1.2% Spanish as their first language.

There were 56,449 households out of which 32.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.60% were married couples living together, 10.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.60% were non-families. 23.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.70% under the age of 18, 14.30% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $44,347, and the median income for a family was $52,820. Males had a median income of $37,434 versus $26,232 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,428. About 5.90% of families and 9.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.90% of those under age 18 and 5.70% of those age 65 or over.

Government

Localities

Map of Portage County, Ohio with municipal and township labels.
Portage County courthouse in downtown Ravenna.

Portage County is arranged as a 4x5 grid of 20 rectangles: 18 unincorporated townships containing 9 cities and villages; and two incorporated townships which are fully occupied by one city each.

Under Ohio law, there are two types of incorporated municipal jurisdictions: cities and villages, and any territory within a county that is not part of an incorporated municipality (city or village), is part of a township. Townships have limited local government and services.

There are 18 unincorporated townships:

There are 11 villages and cities that were formed from all or parts of the original 20 townships:

In addition to the above, a small part of Tallmadge is in land that was formerly part of Brimfield Township (the rest of the city is in Summit County).

Two small unincorporated communities in Portage County have their own post offices:

There is one unincorporated Census-designated place, in Brimfield Township:

The Ravenna Training and Logistics Site, commonly known as the Ravenna Arsenal, consumes much of the land in Charlestown, Paris, and Windham Township, as well as a small part of Freedom Township.

Education

Portage County is home to eleven public school districts.[8]

District Location Communities served
Aurora City School District Aurora Aurora, small part of Reminderville
Crestwood Local School District Mantua Mantua, Mantua Township, Hiram, most of Hiram Township, most of Shalersville Township
James A Garfield Local School District Garrettsville Garrettsville, Nelson Township, Freedom Township, part of Hiram Township, small part of Charlestown Township
Field Local School District Brimfield Brimfield Township, most of Suffield Township, parts of Tallmadge and Kent which were annexed from Brimfield
Kent City School District Kent Brady Lake, most of Kent, Sugar Bush Knolls, most of Franklin Township, small portion of Streetsboro
Ravenna School District Ravenna Ravenna, most of Ravenna Township, small portion of Shalersville Township
Rootstown Local School District Rootstown Rootstown Township and small portion of Ravenna Township
Southeast Local School District Palmyra Edinburg Township, Palmyra Township, Paris Township, most of Charlestown Township, most of Deerfield Township
Streetsboro City School District Streetsboro most of Streetsboro
Waterloo Local School District Atwater Atwater Township, Randolph Township, small portion of Deerfield Township
Windham Exempted Village School District Windham Windham, Windham Township
Map of school districts in Portage County with township and municipal boundaries superimposed.

In addition, there are parts of five neighboring districts which serve portions of Portage County residents.[8]

District Location Communities served in Portage County
Lake Local School District Uniontown small part of Suffield Township
Mogadore Local School District* Mogadore Mogadore, small part of Suffield Township
Springfield Local School District Springfield small part of Suffield Township
Stow-Munroe Falls City School District Stow small part of Franklin Township
West Branch Local School District Beloit small part of Deerfield Township

*= Although the village of Mogadore is located in both Summit and Portage Counties its school facilities are physically located in Summit County.

Higher education

Portage County is home to four institutions of higher learning:

  • Kent State University, located in Kent; a large regional public research university with over 34,000 students. It serves as the county's largest employer.
  • Hiram College, located in Hiram in northwestern Portage County; a small liberal arts college of around 1,200 students.
  • Bohecker College, a small two-year college of around 300 students in Ravenna specializing in the business and medical technician fields.

References

  1. ^ a b "Ohio County Profiles: Portage County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. http://www.odod.state.oh.us/research/FILES/S0/Portage.pdf. Retrieved 2007-04-28.  
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "Portage County data". Ohio State University Extension Data Center. http://www.osuedc.org/profiles/profile_entrance.php?fips=39133&sid=0. Retrieved 2007-04-28.  
  4. ^ Brown, R.C; Norris, J.E. (1885, 1972 revision). History of Portage County Ohio. Chicago, Illinois: Warner, Beers, and Company. pp. 229–232.  
  5. ^ "Ohio County Formation Maps". Genealogical Information for the State of Ohio. Genealogy, Inc.. 1999. http://www.myohiogenealogy.com/oh_maps/oh_cf.htm#. Retrieved 2008-05-26.  
  6. ^ Brown and Norris, p. 192
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  8. ^ a b Exner, Rich (2008). "Property Tax 2007". Cleveland.com Business. Plain Dealer. http://www.cleveland.com/pdgraphics/interactive/propertytax2007/. Retrieved 2008-10-11.  

External links

Coordinates: 41°10′N 81°12′W / 41.17°N 81.20°W / 41.17; -81.20


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Portage County, Ohio
Map
File:Map of Ohio highlighting Portage County.png
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the USA highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded June 7, 1807[1]
Seat Ravenna
Largest City Kent
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 2.90%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

152061
Time zone Eastern : UTC-5/-4
Website: www.co.portage.oh.us
Named for: the portage between the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas Rivers

Portage County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of 2000, the population was 152,061. Its county seat is Ravenna6. Portage County is named for the portage between the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas Rivers.[2]

Contents

History

The name "Portage" comes from an old Native American path called "Portage Trail", which ran between the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas rivers, where travelers portaged their canoes.

The first settler was Abraham Honey in Mantua Township, followed by settlements in Palmyra Township and Ravenna Township.

Geography

Geographic features

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,313 km² (507 sq mi). 1,275 km² (492 sq mi) of it is land and 38 km² (15 sq mi) of it (2.90%) is water.

West Branch State Park is a very large state park in central Portage County, consisting of a large green surrounding the Michael J. Kirwan Dam and Reservoir. There are a number of smaller state and local parks.

Major highways

Interstate 80, Interstate 76, and U.S. Route 224 pass through Portage county heading East-West.

Interstate 480 connects to Interstate 80 in Streetsboro and is a major thoroughfare for those heading north. It also serves to connect Portage County to Cleveland proper.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 152,061 people, 56,449 households, and 39,175 families residing in the county. The population density was 119/km² (309/sq mi). There were 60,096 housing units at an average density of 47/km² (122/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 94.40% White, 3.18% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.82% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. 0.72% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 56,449 households out of which 32.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.60% were married couples living together, 10.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.60% were non-families. 23.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.70% under the age of 18, 14.30% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $44,347, and the median income for a family was $52,820. Males had a median income of $37,434 versus $26,232 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,428. About 5.90% of families and 9.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.90% of those under age 18 and 5.70% of those age 65 or over.

Government

Main article: Ohio county government

Localities

Portage County is arranged as a 4x5 grid of 20 rectangles: 18 unincorporated townships containing 9 cities and villages; and two incorporated townships which are fully occupied by one city each.

Under Ohio law, there are two types of incorporated municipal jurisdictions: cities and villages, and any territory within a county that is not part of an incorporated municipality (city or village), is part of a township. Townships have limited local government and services.

Map of Portage County, Ohio with municipal and township labels.

The two incorporated townships are:

There are 18 unincorporated townships:

There are an additional 9 villages and cities contained within those 18 townships:

In addition to the above, a small part of Tallmadge is in Brimfield Township (the rest of the city is in Summit County).

Two small unincorporated communities in Portage County have their own post offices:

There is one unincorporated Census-designated place, in Brimfield Township:

The Ravenna Training and Logistics Site, commonly known as the Ravenna Arsenal, consumes much of the land in Charlestown, Paris, and Windham Township, as well as a small part of Freedom Township.

Colleges and universities

Kent State University is in Kent, in west-central Portage County, well-connected to Streetsboro, Ravenna, and most of Summit County.

Hiram College is in Hiram in Northwest Portage County.

The Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM) is in Rootstown, in South central Portage County.

References

  1. ^ Ohio County Profiles: Portage County (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved on 2007-04-28.
  2. ^ Portage County data. {{subst:#ifexist:Ohio State University|[[Ohio State University|]]|[[Wikipedia:Ohio State University|]]}} Extension Data Center. Retrieved on 2007-04-28.

Coordinates: 41°10′N 81°12′W / 41.17, -81.20

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