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Ashland, Ohio
East Main Street, downtown
East Main Street, downtown
"Someplace Special"
Location of Ashland, Ohio
Location of Ashland, Ohio
Location of Ashland in Ashland County
Location of Ashland in Ashland County
Ashland, Ohio is located in Ohio
Ashland, Ohio
Ashland, Ohio
Location in Ohio
Ashland, Ohio is located in the United States
Ashland, Ohio
Ashland, Ohio
Location in the United States
Ashland, Ohio is located in North America
Ashland, Ohio
Ashland, Ohio
Location in North America
Country United States
State Ohio
County Ashland
 • Total 11.35 sq mi (29.39 km2)
 • Land 11.28 sq mi (29.22 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
1,066 ft (325 m)
 • Total 20,362
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,796.79/sq mi (693.77/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area codes 419, 567
FIPS code 39-02568
GNIS feature ID 1060832
Website City of Ashland, Ohio

Ashland is a city in and the county seat of Ashland County, Ohio, United States, 66 miles southwest of Cleveland and 82 miles northeast of Columbus. The population was 20,362 at the 2010 census. It is the center of the Ashland Micropolitan Statistical Area (as defined by the United States Census Bureau in 2003).

Ashland was designated a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation in 1984.


Ashland was laid out by Daniel Carter in 1815. Ashland was originally called Uniontown, but in 1822 the city was compelled to adopt a new name because another city in Ohio was already named Uniontown. The new name of Ashland was selected by supporters of the Kentucky congressman Henry Clay, from Ashland, his estate near Lexington.

Later, "Henry Clay High School" was considered as a name for what is now known as Ashland High School.

In the mid-1800s, Ashland pioneers traveled to Oregon, naming a settlement after the town.


Ashland is located at 40°52′1″N 82°18′55″W / 40.86694°N 82.31528°W / 40.86694; -82.31528 (40.867016, -82.315146).

According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 11.23 square miles (29.1 km2), of which 11.17 square miles (28.9 km2) (or 99.47%) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) (or 0.53%) is water.

The city contains 85.6 miles (137.8 km) of streets, one hospital, one fire station, one police station, and five parks.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,264
1860 1,748 38.3%
1870 2,601 48.8%
1880 3,004 15.5%
1890 3,568 18.8%
1900 4,087 14.5%
1910 6,795 66.3%
1920 9,249 36.1%
1930 11,141 20.5%
1940 12,453 11.8%
1950 14,287 14.7%
1960 17,419 21.9%
1970 19,872 14.1%
1980 20,252 1.9%
1990 20,079 −0.9%
2000 21,249 5.8%
2010 20,362 −4.2%
2020 19,225 −5.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, the city had 20,362 people, 8,063 households, and 4,813 families. The population density was 1,822.9 inhabitants per square mile (703.8/km2). There were 8,914 housing units at an average density of 798.0 per square mile (308.1/km2). The city's racial makeup was 95.8% White, 1.4% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.

There were 8,063 households, of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.3% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.9% 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 2.91.

The city's median age was 36.1 years. 21% of the city's population was under age 18; 15.7% was from age 18 to 24; 22.5% was from age 25 to 44; 23.1% was from age 45 to 64; and 17.7% was age 65 or older. The city's gender makeup was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.


Ashland Public Library
Ashland Public Library

The Ashland City School District enrolls 3,192 students in public primary and secondary schools as of the 2017–18 school year.3904350 The district operates five schools, including three elementary schools, one middle school, one high school. The city is also home to Ashland Christian School, St. Edward Catholic School, and Ashland Montessori School.

The city is home to Ashland University and Ashland Theological Seminary. Both were established by the Brethren Church—an Evangelical Protestant church in the Anabaptist tradition—which is headquartered in Ashland.

Ashland contains the Ashland Public Library.

Notable people

  • William B. Allison, Congressman from Iowa
  • Rolla Kent Beattie, botanist
  • Jessica Canseco, ex-wife of former baseball player José Canseco
  • Ernest Cline, screenwriter
  • Mary Hannah Fulton, medical missionary in China
  • Joseph F. Holson, toxicologist and President of WIL Research Laboratories
  • James P. Latta, U.S. Representative from Nebraska
  • Ronnie Martin, musician
  • Fred Martinelli, Hall of Fame College Football Coach
  • Joseph D. Moody, president of the Southern California Dental Association and president of the Historical Society of Southern California
  • Eric Musselman, NBA coach
  • Thomas F. Olin, Chairman of Archway Cookies, Incorporated. (Named Ashland, Ohio's first "Citizen of the Year" in 1991)
  • Tim Richmond, NASCAR driver, Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the year
  • John Roseboro, Major League Baseball catcher and coach
  • Edmund G. Ross, Governor of the New Mexico Territory
  • Tim Seder, Football kicker
  • Robert C. Springer, astronaut
  • Alfred P. Swineford, Member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 1871 to 1872
  • Matt Underwood, TV play-by-play announcer for the Cleveland Guardians
  • Ron Zook, American football player and coach

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