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Findlay, Ohio
City of Findlay
Downtown Findlay
Downtown Findlay
Nickname(s): 
Flag City, USA
Findlay's position within Hancock County (foreground) and Ohio (background)
Findlay's position within Hancock County (foreground) and Ohio (background)
Country United States
State Ohio
County Hancock
Area
 • Total 19.75 sq mi (51.16 km2)
 • Land 19.63 sq mi (50.83 km2)
 • Water 0.13 sq mi (0.33 km2)
Elevation
778 ft (237 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 40,313
 • Density 2,100.42/sq mi (810.99/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
45839-45840
Area code(s) 419, 567
FIPS code 39-27048
GNIS feature ID 1040439
Website www.FindlayOhio.com

Findlay ( FIN-lee) is a city in and the county seat of Hancock County, Ohio, United States. The second-largest city in Northwest Ohio, Findlay lies about 40 miles (64 km) south of Toledo. The population was 40,313 at the 2020 census. It is home to the University of Findlay and is the principal city of the Findlay, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Findlay is the Headquarters of Fortune 1000 companies Marathon Petroleum and Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, who rank 22 and 830 on the list respectively.

History

In the War of 1812, Colonel James Findlay of Cincinnati built a road and a stockade to transport and shelter troops in the Great Black Swamp region. This stockade was named Fort Findlay in his honor. At the conclusion of the war, the community of Findlay was born. The first town lots were laid out in 1821 by the future Ohio Governor Joseph Vance and Elnathan Corry.

Early in its history, prior to the Civil War, Findlay was a stop for slaves of African descent along the Underground Railroad.

Panoramic map of Findlay Ohio
Panoramic map of Findlay (circa 1889)

During the 1880s, Findlay was a booming center of oil and natural gas production, though the supply of petroleum had dwindled by the early 20th century.

Bird's-eye view of Findlay, Ohio Date Created Published- Brooklyn, N.Y. - The Albertype Co. ; c.1906
Bird's-eye view of Findlay, c.1906

Findlay hosted the highly competitive Ohio State Music Festival in 1884. A young cornet player, Warren G. Harding, and his Citizens' Cornet Band of Marion placed third in the competition. Harding would go on to be elected the 29th President of the United States.

In 1908, American songwriter Tell Taylor wrote the standard, "Down by the Old Mill Stream" while fishing along the Blanchard River in Findlay. The song was published in 1910.

For three months in the early 1960s, Findlay had the distinction of being the only community in the world where touch-tone telephone service was available. Touch-tone service was first introduced there on November 1, 1960.

Blanchard River
The Blanchard River as seen from Riverside Park in Findlay.

Geography

Hancock County Ohio Courthouse
Hancock County Courthouse in Findlay

Findlay is located at 41°02′34″N 83°38′32″W / 41.042843°N 83.642216°W / 41.042843; -83.642216 (41.042843, -83.642216).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.25 square miles (49.86 km2), of which 19.13 square miles (49.55 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.31 km2) is water.

The Blanchard River travels through Findlay, flowing east to west.

The Findlay Reservoir No. 2 is the largest above ground reservoir in the state of Ohio with a capacity of approximately 5 billion US gallons (19,000,000 m3) of water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 52
1840 469 801.9%
1850 1,256 167.8%
1860 2,467 96.4%
1870 3,315 34.4%
1880 4,633 39.8%
1890 18,553 300.5%
1900 17,613 −5.1%
1910 14,858 −15.6%
1920 17,021 14.6%
1930 19,363 13.8%
1940 20,228 4.5%
1950 23,845 17.9%
1960 30,344 27.3%
1970 35,800 18.0%
1980 35,533 −0.7%
1990 35,703 0.5%
2000 38,967 9.1%
2010 41,202 5.7%
2020 40,313 −2.2%
Sources:

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 41,202 people, 17,354 households, and 10,329 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,153.8 inhabitants per square mile (831.6/km2). There were 19,318 housing units at an average density of 1,009.8 per square mile (389.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.2% White, 2.2% African American, 0.3% Native American, 2.5% Asian, 1.7% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.7% of the population.

There were 17,354 households, of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.1% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.5% were non-families. 32.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.87.

The median age in the city was 35.9 years. 22.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 12.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.5% were from 25 to 44; 25.0% were from 45 to 64; and 14.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.

Annual activities

  • Easter Sand Sculpture – the week before Easter
  • Springtime In Ohio craft show – May
  • Boogie on Main Street – June
  • Riverside Wine Festival – June
  • Findlay's Hot Air Balloon Festival – August
  • Rib-Off on Broadway – August
  • The Hancock County Fair – Labor Day weekend
  • Oktoberfest – September
  • Christmas in October craft show – October
  • Findlay | Hancock County Halloween Parade – October

Transportation

Findlay Airport does not have regularly scheduled passenger flights. Interstate 75, US 68, and US 224 are major highways that pass through the city. State routes in the city of Findlay include: Ohio State Route 12, Ohio State Route 15, Ohio State Route 568, and Ohio State Route 37. There were 3 major cab companies based in and operated in and around Findlay and Handcock County. The most notable are Accurate Cab co which went out of business in 2019–2020, USA Cab and Trinity Express Cab. While Black & White Transportation Cab will operate in Findlay, they are based out of Toledo, Ohio.

Economy

Findlay Reservoir 2
Findlay Reservoir No. 2, the largest above-ground reservoir in the state

Findlay is the headquarters of the Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, founded in 1914, which specializes in the design, manufacture, marketing, and sales of replacement automobile and truck tires, and subsidiaries that specialize in medium truck, motorcycle, and racing tires.

Findlay was the longtime headquarters of the Marathon Oil Corporation from 1905 until 1990 when it moved its offices to Houston, TX. Marathon Petroleum Company, a former subsidiary of Marathon Oil, maintained its main office in Findlay after Marathon Oil moved. On July 1, 2011, Marathon Petroleum became an independent entity, with headquarters in Findlay.

The city's major shopping center is Findlay Village Mall, opened in 1962.

Findlay is home to a Kohl's department store distribution center, which is Kohl's oldest distribution center after the recent closing of the original one in Wisconsin.

Findlay is home to the Whirlpool dishwasher manufacturing plant and distribution center. This plant is considered to be the largest dishwasher plant in the world (based on production).

Findlay is home to several other major distribution centers including Best Buy, Lowe's, and Campbell Soup Company.

Largest employers

According to the City of Findlay 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), the following companies are the top employers in the city:

# Employer Number of
employees
1 Marathon Petroleum 2,500
2 Whirlpool 2,225
3 Cooper Tire & Rubber 1,755
4 Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center 1,051
5 Findlay City Schools 832
6 Lowe's Distribution Center 653
7 University of Findlay 579
8 Nissin Brake 536
9 Hancock County 527
10 Roki America 447

Education

Primary and secondary

There are four intermediate (3–5) buildings, four primary (K-2) buildings, and one K-5 building within the Findlay City School system as well.

For decades, students attended one of three junior high schools: Donnell (Atoms), Central (Spartans), or Glenwood (Eagles). The original Donnell School building located on Baldwin Avenue was razed in 2012 to make room for the construction of a new building, which began usage in January 2013. Another new school built directly behind the original Glenwood building on North Main Street officially opened and began usage in January 2013. The building known as Central, located on West Main Cross, was originally Findlay's high school (until the current high school was built in 1963). Once the two new middle schools were opened, part of Central was razed, leaving only the auditorium. A new Performing Arts Center (funded mainly by Marathon Petroleum) was constructed by refurbishing and renovating Central's auditorium, finishing in December 2015.

Findlay High School is a comprehensive high school with an enrollment of 1,632 students in grades 9–12. Of the 130 professional staff, 87 have master's degrees or beyond. Accreditation has been granted by AdvancEd Accreditation.

Postsecondary

UofFindlay OldMain
University of Findlay's Old Main

The city is home to the University of Findlay, a private liberal arts college with an enrollment of over 4,100 students, and Owens Community College, a state school with an enrollment of 2,391 students. The University of Findlay is best known for its programs in Education (undergraduate and Master's) and the equestrian studies programs. Students enrolled in the Pre-Veterinary or western equestrian studies have access to a 152-acre farm operated by the university. Those students who are pursuing a degree in English equestrian studies have access to a separate rural facility composed of 32-acres, which includes the University Equine Veterinary Services Inc.

Winebrenner Theological Seminary also makes its home in Findlay, adjacent to the university. Findlay also had a branch location of Brown Mackie College prior to 2017.

Public Library

The city has the main branch of the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library. The library was established on April 16, 1888 and was originally housed in the Hancock County Courthouse basement until it was able to move into an old post office building in 1935. The main library building was renovated in 1991, and again in 2009 after a major flood. The library announced in March 2019 it would end the process of charging late fees.

Notable people

  • Peggy Kirk Bell, golfer, winner of the 1949 Titleholders Championship
  • Willard Harrison Bennett, inventor of the radio frequency mass spectrometer
  • Joshua Brodbeck, international concert organist
  • Gavin Creel, Tony Award-winning Broadway actor and singer
  • Russel Crouse, Broadway playwright, The Sound of Music, State of the Union and Call Me Madam
  • Jo Ann Davidson, Ohio's first female Speaker of the House
  • James C. Donnell, president of The Ohio Oil Company (now Marathon Oil)
  • Marie Dressler, actress and silent film star
  • Ray Harroun, race car developer and driver, and first Indianapolis 500 winner
  • Cliff Hite, Ohio senator, high school football coach of Ben Roethlisberger
  • Michael Holmes, saxophonist
  • Josh Huston, former kicker in the National Football League (NFL)
  • Grant "Home Run" Johnson, Negro league baseball player and manager
  • John Kidd, professional football player (punter) in the NFL
  • Dave Laut, shot-putter who won bronze at the 1984 Summer Olympics
  • Mark Metcalf, actor in film (Niedermeyer in National Lampoon's Animal House), television ("The Maestro" on Seinfeld) and music videos (Twisted Sister)
  • Marilyn Miller, Broadway star of the 1920s
  • William Mungen, U.S. Representative, lawyer, Union Army colonel
  • Dan O'Brien, cattleman and author
  • Michael G. Oxley, Congressman (1981–2006), Financial Services Committee Chair and co-author of Sarbanes–Oxley Act. Executive Vice President of NASDAQ
  • Lamont Paris, men's college basketball coach at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Tot Pressnell, pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers and Chicago Cubs
  • James Purdy, novelist, short-story writer, poet, and playwright
  • Bill Redpath, treasurer and former chairman, Libertarian Party (United States)
  • Howard Taylor Ricketts, pathologist who discovered the causative agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Rickettsia rickettsii, which was also named after him
  • Ben Roethlisberger, professional football player in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Philip Sugden, artist and painter
  • Tell Taylor, composer of "Down by the Old Mill Stream"
  • Landon Tewers, musician known for The Plot In You
  • Tennyson Guyer, Congressman
  • Aaron Craft, Former college basketball player for Ohio State, Big Ten leader in steals

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