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Burton, Ohio
Village
Maple sugar cabin in the town square
Maple sugar cabin in the town square
Motto(s): 
"Where History Lives"
Location of Burton, Ohio
Location of Burton, Ohio
Location of Burton in Geauga County
Location of Burton in Geauga County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Geauga
Area
 • Total 1.05 sq mi (2.72 km2)
 • Land 1.05 sq mi (2.71 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
1,316 ft (401 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,452
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,451
 • Density 1,385.86/sq mi (534.88/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
44021
Area code(s) 440
FIPS code 39-10436
GNIS feature ID 1048570
Website http://www.villageofburton.org

Burton is a village in Geauga County, Ohio, United States. The population was 1,452 at the 2010 census. Burton is the location of Century Village, run by the Geauga Historical Society. The museum village is composed of 19th-century buildings moved there from other locations. Many special events are held there each year, as well as at the Geauga County Fairgrounds, also in Burton.

History

Burton village green, northern end
Village commercial district

Burton was founded in 1798 and is Geauga County's oldest settlement. Like many other early settlements in the Connecticut Western Reserve, Burton has a town square patterned after the village greens of New England.

In 1972, an incident in Burton lead to a U.S. Supreme Court case. Hugo Zacchini performed a human cannonball act at Burton's annual Geauga County Fair and WEWS-TV recorded and aired the entire act against his wishes and without compensating him, as was required by Ohio law. In Zacchini v. Scripps-Howard Broadcasting Co., the high court ruled in 1977 that the First Amendment did not shield the broadcaster from liability from common law copyright claims.

Geography

Burton is located at 41°28′18″N 81°8′49″W / 41.47167°N 81.14694°W / 41.47167; -81.14694 (41.471584, -81.146888).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.05 square miles (2.72 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 480
1890 633 31.9%
1900 727 14.8%
1910 650 −10.6%
1920 592 −8.9%
1930 597 0.8%
1940 761 27.5%
1950 932 22.5%
1960 1,085 16.4%
1970 1,214 11.9%
1980 1,401 15.4%
1990 1,349 −3.7%
2000 1,450 7.5%
2010 1,452 0.1%
2019 (est.) 1,451 −0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,452 people, 581 households, and 362 families living in the village. The population density was 1,385.7 inhabitants per square mile (535.0/km2). There were 640 housing units at an average density of 609.5 per square mile (235.3/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.2% White, 1.2% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 581 households, of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.7% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the village was 42.8 years. 21.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.2% were from 25 to 44; 26.1% were from 45 to 64; and 21.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.

Transportation

State highways

  • OH-87.svg Ohio State Route 87 traverses the village and encircles the town square.
  • OH-700.svg Ohio State Route 700 and OH-168.svg Ohio State Route 168 become concurrent just south of the village and terminate at the junction of Ohio State Route 87 at the southern end of the town square.

Events

Burton hosts the Apple Butter festival every fall, and is home to the Great Geauga County Fair, held every Labor Day weekend.

Education

Local elementary and secondary public education is provided by the Berkshire Local School District, which also serves the surrounding communities of Burton Township, Claridon Township and Troy Township. The school district's one high school, Berkshire High School, is located just north of Burton's town square. The district's only elementary school is located in Burton. The Claridon Elementary School was closed in 2005, and the Troy Elementary School was closed in 2009.

Notable people

  • Henry Lawrence Hitchcock, sixth President of Case Western Reserve University
  • Emily Pomona Edson Briggs, 19th-century journalist
  • Harry Smith, professional ten-pin bowler and member of the PBA and USBC Halls of Fame (born in Burton)
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