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Findlay, Ohio
City
Aerial view of downtown Findlay
Aerial view of 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 19.25 sq mi (49.86 km2)
 • Land 19.13 sq mi (49.55 km2)
 • Water 0.12 sq mi (0.31 km2)
Elevation 778 ft (237 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 41,202
 • Estimate (2015) 41,149
 • Density 2,153.8/sq mi (831.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 45839-45840
Area code(s) 419, 567
FIPS code 39-27048
GNIS feature ID 1040439
Website

www.FindlayOhio.com www.FindlayHancockED.com

www.VisitFindlay.com

Findlay is a city in and the county seat of Hancock County, Ohio, United States. The city metro area is often referred as The Greater Findlay Area. Located in northwestern Ohio, Findlay lies approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of Toledo. The population was 41,202 at the 2010 census. It is home to the University of Findlay. The city's official nickname is "Flag City, USA". This nickname was given by Woodrow Wilson in 1920 when he visited this town. All the houses had American flags out on their porches and he was so inspired by the patriotism and love for their country that he named this town "Flag City, USA". Findlay is one of two cities in Hancock County, along with Fostoria. Findlay is the second largest city in Northwest Ohio.

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.

On March 31, 1892, the only known lynching in the history of Hancock County occurred when a mob of 1,000 men, many "respectable citizens", broke into the county jail in Findlay. They lynched Mr. Lytle, who had fatally injured his wife and two daughters with a hatchet the day before, by hanging him twice (first from the bridge, then a telegraph pole) and finally shooting his body over a dozen times. The authorities had intended to secretly convey the prisoner to a suburb at 1 o'clock, where a train was to have been taken for Lima, but their plans were frustrated by the mob.

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 (41.042843, -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 populations
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%
Est. 2015 41,149 5.6%
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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.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 38,967 people, 15,905 households, and 10,004 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,266.3 people per square mile (875.2/km2). There were 17,152 housing units at an average density of 997.6 per square mile (385.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.70% White, 1.40% African American, 0.19% Native American, 1.76% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.66% from other races, and 1.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.95% of the population.

There were 15,905 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.93.

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The weir at Riverside Park in Findlay.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 11.9% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,883, and the median income for a family was $49,986. Males had a median income of $36,150 versus $23,797 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,328. About 5.9% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.

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.

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