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Celina, Ohio
Downtown Celina
Downtown Celina
Nickname(s): 
C-Town
Motto(s): 
"One Of The 100 Best Small Towns!"
Location in Mercer County and the state of Ohio.
Location in Mercer County and the state of Ohio.
Coordinates: 40°33′5″N 84°34′12″W / 40.55139°N 84.57000°W / 40.55139; -84.57000Coordinates: 40°33′5″N 84°34′12″W / 40.55139°N 84.57000°W / 40.55139; -84.57000
Country United States
State Ohio
County Mercer
Township Center, Jefferson
Area
 • Total 5.33 sq mi (13.81 km2)
 • Land 5.01 sq mi (12.96 km2)
 • Water 0.33 sq mi (0.84 km2)
Elevation
876 ft (267 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 10,400
 • Estimate 
(2019)
10,425
 • Density 2,082.50/sq mi (804.11/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
45822, 45826
Area code(s) 419
FIPS code 39-12868
GNIS feature ID 1048589
Website City of Celina, Ohio

Celina ( sə-LY-nə) is a city in and the county seat of Mercer County, Ohio, United States about 58 miles northwest of Dayton. The population was 10,400 at the 2010 census. Celina is situated on the northwestern shores of Grand Lake St. Marys.

History

James Watson Riley established Celina in 1834. The settlement was named after Salina, New York.

Geography

Celina is located at 40°33′5″N 84°34′12″W / 40.55139°N 84.57000°W / 40.55139; -84.57000 (40.551459, -84.570057), at an elevation of 886 feet (270 m). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.27 square miles (13.65 km2), of which 4.98 square miles (12.90 km2) is land and 0.29 square miles (0.75 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 222
1860 307 38.3%
1870 859 179.8%
1880 1,346 56.7%
1890 2,702 100.7%
1900 2,815 4.2%
1910 3,493 24.1%
1920 4,226 21.0%
1930 4,664 10.4%
1940 4,841 3.8%
1950 5,703 17.8%
1960 7,659 34.3%
1970 7,779 1.6%
1980 9,127 17.3%
1990 9,650 5.7%
2000 10,303 6.8%
2010 10,400 0.9%
2020 10,935 5.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the 2000 census there were 10,303 people in 4,191 households, including 2,745 families, in the city. The population density was 2,346.9 people per square mile (906.2/km2). There were 4,466 housing units at an average density of 1,017.3/sq mi (392.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.04% White, 0.18% African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.62% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.14%.

Of the 4,191 households 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.3% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.5% were non-families. 30.5% of households were one person and 14.9% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.04.

The age distribution was 27.2% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% 65 or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.

The median household income was $36,057 and the median family income was $44,901. Males had a median income of $35,467 versus $22,008 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,200. About 8.1% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.7% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 10,400 people in 4,264 households, including 2,791 families, in the city. The population density was 2,087.9 people per square mile (906.2/km2). There were 4,841 housing units at an average density of 1,017.3 per square mile (392.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.9% White, 0.5% African American, 0.4% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.4% Pacific Islander. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.8%.

Of the 4,329 households 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.5% were non-families. 30.7% of households were one person and 27.8% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.94.

The age distribution was 27.9% under the age of 19, 24.4% from 20 to 39, 26.2% from 40 to 59, 15.5% from 60 to 79, and 6.1% who were 80 years of age or older. The median age was 38.3 years.

Arts and culture

Freedom Days Picnic

Celina hosts the annual Freedom Days Picnic in early July in honor of American Independence.

Celina Lake Festival

Mercer County Fair Demolition Derby
Mercer County Fair Demo Derby

During the last weekend in July, Celina hosts the annual Celina Lake Festival to celebrate Celina's history on Grand Lake St. Marys. The Lake Festival is host to one of the largest Amphicar gatherings in the world. The cars gather on Friday night for a "swim-in".

Mercer County Fair

During the second week in August, Celina is home to the Mercer County Fair and hosts many arts and crafts, livestock, food, rides, and the demolition derby.

Governor's Cup Regatta

Celina hosts the annual Governors Cup Regatta which features Hydroplane racing on Grand Lake St. Marys.

Economy

Huffy Bicycle and Mersman Furniture formerly had manufacturing plants in Celina but have since closed. Companies such as Celina Aluminum Precision Technology (a Honda supplier), Crown Equipment Corporation (located in Huffy's former location), and Reynolds and Reynolds are the largest manufacturing employers. Eighth Floor, LLC, Thieman Tailgates, McKirnan Brothers, Inc. and Celina Tent Inc. are also based out of Celina. Agriculture is a significant part of the economy, including soybeans, corn, and wheat.

Education

Public schools

Celina Public Schools belong to the Celina City School District. The district has three elementary schools, a middle school and a high school.

The district reorganized the grade locations for the 2014 school year. The schools include Celina Primary School (K-2), Celina Elementary School (3-4), Celina Intermediate Elementary School (5-6), Celina Middle School (7-8), and Celina High School (9-12). There is an alternative high school located at the Education Complex.

The Celina-Mercer County Head Start Program is for children in Pre-School. There are two locations in the Celina district where Head Start is located: The Celina City Schools Education Complex and the Celina City Schools Franklin Building.

There are Tri-Star classes located at the Celina High School, the Celina City Schools Education Complex, and the Franklin Building.

Colleges and universities

Wright State University's Lake Campus is located off State Route 703 on 600 Lake Campus Drive in Celina.

Libraries

The Mercer County District Library's main library is located at 303 North Main Street in Celina. The district library also has branches in St. Henry, Mendon, and Chickasaw.

Notable people

  • Vera Barstow (1891–1975), violinist born in Celina
  • Mike Bath (born 1977), American football player (1997–2000) and interim head coach (2013) at Miami University
  • Galen Cisco, baseball player and coach. Resident of Celina after his career was over.
  • Keith Faber (born 1966), 94th President of the Ohio Senate; [Ohio State Auditor]
  • Tennyson Guyer (1912–1981), Mayor of Celina (1940–44); U.S. House or Representatives (1973–81)
  • Frank Le Blond Kloeb (1890–1976), U.S. House of Representatives (1933–37)
  • Charles Hubert Le Blond (1883–1958) 4th Roman Catholic Bishop of St. Joseph, Missouri (1933–56)
  • Shelly Mars (born 1960), performance artist, actor, and printmaker
  • Wendell Mobley, country music songwriter
  • Jim Otis (born 1948), running back at Ohio State (1967–69), National Football League (1970–79); Pro Bowl (1975)
  • Dan Pifer (born 1972), Head Football Coach at Olivet College
  • Cody Reichard (born 1987), ice hockey player
  • John W. Sweeterman (1907–1998) publisher of The Washington Post (1961–68)
  • Jackie Tavener (1897–1969), shortstop in Major League Baseball (1921, 1925–29)
  • William E. Tou Velle (1862–1951), U.S. House of Representatives (1907–11)
  • Samuel J. Vining (1864–1914), Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives (1911–13)
  • Mike Wessel (born 1977), mixed martial arts fighter
  • Mildred Wolfe (1912–2009), artist

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