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Bellevue, Ohio
East Main Street, downtown
East Main Street, downtown
"Enjoy the 'Vue!"
Location of Bellevue, Ohio
Location of Bellevue, Ohio
Location of Bellevue in Huron County
Location of Bellevue in Huron County
Country United States
State Ohio
Counties Erie, Huron, Sandusky
 • Total 6.14 sq mi (15.90 km2)
 • Land 6.02 sq mi (15.59 km2)
 • Water 0.12 sq mi (0.31 km2)
751 ft (229 m)
 • Total 8,202
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,311.23/sq mi (506.31/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area codes 419, 567
FIPS code 39-05228
GNIS feature ID 1064408

Bellevue is a city in Erie, Huron, Seneca, and Sandusky counties in the U.S. state of Ohio, located 61 miles southwest of Cleveland and 45 miles southeast of Toledo. The population was 8,202 at the 2010 census. The National Arbor Day Foundation has designated Bellevue as a Tree City USA.

The Sandusky County portion of Bellevue is part of the Fremont Micropolitan Statistical Area, while the Huron County portion is part of the Norwalk Micropolitan Statistical Area. The small portion of the city that extends into Erie county is part of the Sandusky Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Bellevue was the home of Henry Morrison Flagler when he partnered up with John D. Rockefeller to start Standard Oil. Flagler later went on to build the Florida Overseas Railroad, to Key West, Florida. The property of his former Bellevue residence on Southwest Street is the current location of the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum.

The city derives its name from James H. Bell, a railroad official.

It was also noted to be the most affordable place to live in Ohio.


Bellevue is located at 41°16′33″N 82°50′32″W / 41.27583°N 82.84222°W / 41.27583; -82.84222 (41.275808, -82.842099).

According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 6.25 square miles (16.2 km2), of which 6.14 square miles (15.9 km2) (or 98.24%) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.31 km2) (or 1.92%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 785
1870 1,219 55.3%
1880 2,169 77.9%
1890 3,052 40.7%
1900 4,101 34.4%
1910 5,209 27.0%
1920 5,776 10.9%
1930 6,256 8.3%
1940 6,127 −2.1%
1950 7,406 20.9%
1960 8,800 18.8%
1970 10,423 18.4%
1980 9,806 −5.9%
1990 9,085 −7.4%
2000 8,193 −9.8%
2010 8,202 0.1%
2019 (est.) 7,891 −3.8%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 8,202 people, 3,296 households, and 2,148 families living in the city. The population density was 1,335.8 inhabitants per square mile (515.8/km2). There were 3,662 housing units at an average density of 596.4 per square mile (230.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.3% White, 0.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.2% of the population.

There were 3,296 households, of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.8% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.5% 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 3.01.

The median age in the city was 36.5 years. 26% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.6% were from 25 to 44; 24.3% were from 45 to 64; and 14.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.



Bellevue is located on U.S. Route 20, which forms East and West Main Street. State Routes 18, 269, and 113 also run through the city. There is no public transportation, such as passenger buses or taxis. Bellevue is also served by the Ohio Turnpike via U.S. Route 20 and State Route 4.


During the first half of the 20th century, Bellevue was a busy railroad hub of the Nickel Plate Road, and it remains today as a hub for the Norfolk Southern Railway, which operates a massive railroad yard in Bellevue. From Bellevue, Norfolk Southern Lines extend northeast to Cleveland, north to Sandusky, northwest to Toledo, west to Fort Wayne, Indiana and south to Columbus. Also, the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway operates a line from Bellevue that extends east to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

National Register of Historic Places

Bellevue and the surrounding countryside are home to three sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the Heter Farm, the John Wright Mansion, and the Tremont House.

Notable people

  • Henry Flagler, Standard Oil tycoon, developer of Eastern Florida and "Father of Miami"
  • Mildred Gillars (A.K.A. Axis Sally), radio personality during World War II, best known for propaganda broadcasts for Nazi Germany
  • Arthur F. Gorham, Commander of the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment during World War II; twice awarded the Distinguished Service Cross
  • John Greenslade, Vice Admiral and U.S. Commander of the Pacific-Southern Naval Coastal Frontier during World War II
  • Daniel M. Harkness, half brother of Henry Flagler and his son William L. Harkness, investors in Standard Oil
  • Stephen V. Harkness, invested as a silent partner with Henry Morrison Flagler and oil titan John D. Rockefeller, Sr. in the founding of Standard Oil. Stephen's son Lamon V. Harkness was born in Bellevue and went on to become extremely wealthy from the Harkness investments in Standard Oil
  • Benny LaPresta, NFL professional football player
  • Amos Northup, automotive designer
  • Christi Paul, CNN reporter and anchor
  • Bradbury Robinson, threw the first forward pass in American football history
  • Brad Snyder, 2003 Mid-American Conference Baseball Player of the Year, NCAA Division I All-American, and outfielder for Chicago Cubs.
  • Howard L. Vickery, Rear Admiral, Vice Chairman U.S. Maritime Commission during World War II

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