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Anna, Ohio
Anna Town Hall
The Earthquake Capital of Ohio
Location of Anna, Ohio
Location of Anna, Ohio
Location of Anna in Shelby County
Location of Anna in Shelby County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Shelby
 • Total 1.04 sq mi (2.69 km2)
 • Land 1.04 sq mi (2.69 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,033 ft (315 m)
 • Total 1,567
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,464.35/sq mi (565.20/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area codes 937, 326
FIPS code 39-02092
GNIS feature ID 1064331

Anna is a village in Shelby County, Ohio, United States. The population was 1,567 at the 2010 census.


Pre-historical period

The Teays River is prehistoric river that ran through modern day Anna, OH about 2 million years ago. the Teays river deposited loose sediment on the Greenville fault line which created a major earthquake center.

Native American period

According to the Native Americans Tecumseh tried to start his alliances in the modern day Anna Ohio. Most of the native Shawnee and Miami tribes refused the offer, he supposedly put a curse on the land. The curse stated that the land shall be ever plagued with the trembling of the earth.


The first white settlement at Anna was made in the 1830s. Anna was platted in 1868, and named for Anna Thirkield. The village was incorporated in 1877.

1937 earthquakes

On March 9, 1937, the largest recorded earthquake in Ohio occurred under the present day high school and middle school. It was measured at 5.4 on the Richter magnitude scale, while damage was at intensity VIII according to the Mercalli intensity scale. The shock was felt as far away as Chicago, Illinois, and Toronto, Ontario. The shaking followed a similar but somewhat weaker event that happened a week earlier on March 2, of the same year. The Lutheran and Methodist Churches were heavily damaged and since then the Lutheran Church put metal braces in their attic to protect it from future earthquakes. The partially damaged school became a total loss for the town and they had to rebuild it. The town hall was so badly damaged that the upper story was condemned and has not been used since.The Shelby County area has experienced at least 40 earthquakes since 1875.


Anna is located at 40°23′43″N 84°10′25″W / 40.39528°N 84.17361°W / 40.39528; -84.17361 (40.395352, −84.173744).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.03 square miles (2.67 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 266
1890 527 98.1%
1900 451 −14.4%
1910 460 2.0%
1920 463 0.7%
1930 462 −0.2%
1940 485 5.0%
1950 554 14.2%
1960 701 26.5%
1970 792 13.0%
1980 1,038 31.1%
1990 1,164 12.1%
2000 1,319 13.3%
2010 1,567 18.8%
2019 (est.) 1,520 −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,567 people, 551 households, and 429 families living in the village. The population density was 1,521.4 inhabitants per square mile (587.4/km2). There were 589 housing units at an average density of 571.8 per square mile (220.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.4% White, 0.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 0.6% of the population.

There were 551 households, of which 47.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 22.1% were non-families. 18.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.20.

The median age in the village was 31.1 years. 33.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.5% were from 25 to 44; 21.9% were from 45 to 64; and 7.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.


Anna Local Schools is located in two separate buildings: elementary in one, and middle and high school in the other.

Anna has a public library, a branch of Shelby County Libraries.

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