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Canal Winchester, Ohio
North High Street District in Canal Winchester
North High Street District in Canal Winchester
Winchester, Canal
Location of Canal Winchester, Ohio
Location of Canal Winchester, Ohio
Location of Canal Winchester in Franklin County
Location of Canal Winchester in Franklin County
Country United States
State Ohio
Counties Franklin, Fairfield
 • Total 7.60 sq mi (19.68 km2)
 • Land 7.46 sq mi (19.33 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.35 km2)
764 ft (233 m)
 • Total 9,107
 • Density 1,181.40/sq mi (456.15/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 614 and 380
FIPS code 39-11332
GNIS feature ID 1048579
Website Canal Winchester, Ohio

Canal Winchester is a city in Fairfield and Franklin counties in the U.S. state of Ohio. The population was 9,107 at the 2020 census.


Canal Winchester was founded in 1828 by Reuben Dove and John Colman. When construction of the Ohio & Erie Canal came through Dove's wheat field, he wanted to sue the state. The canal workmen instead convinced him that he would be better off laying out a town, because the area was midway between Columbus and Lancaster. On November 4, 1828, Reuben Dove and John Colman recorded the first plat for Winchester, Ohio, in Violet Township, Fairfield County. Dove named the village after his father's hometown of Winchester, Virginia.

Winchester flourished because of agriculture and transportation. The Ohio and Erie Canal brought passengers, freight and a means to transport grain to market. The first canal boat floated through Winchester in 1831. In 1869, the railroad came to Canal Winchester, bringing continued prosperity.

The village was named Canal Winchester when the post office was established in 1841, because there was another village in the state with the name of Winchester.In local legend, there is a story of how Canal Winchester earned its post office. On Halloween, October 31st, 1841, two teenage boys, as a prank, hooked two horses up to the foundation of the post office of the town of Waterloo and then pulled it across the street to Winchester. With this, the town of Waterloo was no more and Winchester was a legitimate village. The village was annexed to Madison Township, Franklin County, in 1851. In May 1866, the Ohio Secretary of State granted incorporation papers for the Village of Canal Winchester.


Canal Winchester is located at 39°50′46″N 82°48′42″W / 39.84611°N 82.81167°W / 39.84611; -82.81167 (39.845977, -82.811675).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 7.61 square miles (19.71 km2), of which 7.47 square miles (19.35 km2) is land and 0.14 square miles (0.36 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 352
1860 459 30.4%
1870 633 37.9%
1880 650 2.7%
1890 633 −2.6%
1900 662 4.6%
1910 740 11.8%
1920 791 6.9%
1930 906 14.5%
1940 1,046 15.5%
1950 1,194 14.1%
1960 1,976 65.5%
1970 2,412 22.1%
1980 2,749 14.0%
1990 2,617 −4.8%
2000 4,478 71.1%
2010 7,101 58.6%
2020 9,107 28.2%
US Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,101 people, 2,646 households, and 1,924 families living in the village. The population density was 950.6 inhabitants per square mile (367.0/km2). There were 2,893 housing units at an average density of 387.3 per square mile (149.5/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 91.6% White, 5.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 1.2% of the population.

There were 2,646 households, of which 37.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.7% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.3% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.11.

The median age in the village was 39.7 years. 26.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.3% were from 25 to 44; 26.9% were from 45 to 64; and 14.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.2% male and 52.8% female.


Canal Winchester host the Labor Day Festival which usually takes place the first weekend of September. The town also host Christmas In The Village, which is a small festival with food, choirs, and horse-drawn buggie rides. During the first week of August the town usually does a rib fest.


Highlights of the area include: Historic Downtown Canal Winchester, Mid-Ohio Doll and Toy Museum, The National Barber's Museum and National Barber Hall of Fame, Slate Run Vineyard and Winery, and the many antique shops in the Village. Canal Winchester is also home to the Bergstresser bridge, which is the only standing wooden covered bridge in Franklin County.

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Climate is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfa" (Humid Subtropical Climate).


New elementary schools, a new wing of the high school, and a new junior high school have all been built since 2000.

Canal Winchester High School's mascot is the Indians, and their colors are maroon and white. The high school offers many college prep and AP courses. The school is best known for its football, wrestling, basketball, cross country, cheerleading, and volleyball teams, all of which compete at the Division 2 level; and track, which competes at the Division 1 level. The baseball team was back-to-back state runner-up from 2008 to 2009. In recent years the school has produced two Wendy's High School Heisman State Finalists, Greg Guiler and Andy Rhinehart; the award recognizes the state's best high school student athletes. The soccer team have seen success, with two district titles (2013, 2014), and one OCC Cardinal Division title (2014). Notable alumni include NBA player Byron Mullens of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and MLB player Drew Dosch, class of 2010, of the Baltimore Orioles.

Notable people

Town sign honoring local musician Oley Speaks
  • Byron Mullens, NBA player
  • Oley Speaks, composer and songwriter
  • Robert Warren, television painter
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