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Gahanna, Ohio
City of Gahanna
Gahanna City Hall
Gahanna City Hall
Official logo of Gahanna, Ohio
Logo
Motto(s): 
Live, Work, Play
Location of Gahanna within Ohio
Location of Gahanna within Ohio
Location of Gahanna within Franklin County
Location of Gahanna within Franklin County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Franklin
Area
 • Total 12.60 sq mi (32.63 km2)
 • Land 12.42 sq mi (32.18 km2)
 • Water 0.17 sq mi (0.45 km2)
Elevation
794 ft (242 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 35,726
 • Density 2,856.00/sq mi (1,102.68/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
43230
Area code(s) 614 and 380
FIPS code 39-29106
GNIS feature ID 1064696
Website www.gahanna.gov

Gahanna ( gə-HAN) is a city situated in northeast Franklin County, Ohio, United States. It is a suburb of Columbus. The population was 35,726 at the 2020 census. It was founded in 1849.

Geography

Gahanna is located at 40°1′36″N 82°52′9″W / 40.02667°N 82.86917°W / 40.02667; -82.86917 (40.026713, -82.869131).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.60 square miles (32.63 km2), of which 12.43 square miles (32.19 km2) is land and 0.17 square miles (0.44 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 235
1890 207 −11.9%
1900 276 33.3%
1910 294 6.5%
1920 347 18.0%
1930 417 20.2%
1940 425 1.9%
1950 596 40.2%
1960 2,717 355.9%
1970 12,400 356.4%
1980 16,398 32.2%
1990 27,791 69.5%
2000 32,636 17.4%
2010 33,248 1.9%
2020 35,726 7.5%
US Census

The median income for a household in the city was $72,813, and the median income for a family was $85,348. Males had a median income of $51,391 versus $35,922 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,040. About 2.2% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 33,248 people, 13,037 households, and 9,151 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,674.8 inhabitants per square mile (1,032.7/km2). There were 13,577 housing units at an average density of 1,092.3 per square mile (421.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 82.1% White, 11.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 3.1% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.6% of the population.

There were 13,037 households, of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.8% were non-families. Of all households, 24.4% were made up of individuals, and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.04.

The median age in the city was 39.4 years. 25.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.4% were from 25 to 44; 30.3% were from 45 to 64, and 11.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.

History

Gahanna was founded along the Big Walnut Creek in 1849 by John Clark of Ross County from 800 acres (320 ha) of land that his father, Joseph Clark, had purchased from Governor Worthington in 1814. The City of Gahanna's Official Seal refers to this confluence of three creeks with the inscription "Three In One".

Gahanna maintained a considerable rivalry with the adjacent village of Bridgeport.

Economy

Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools Admin Offices 1
Gahanna-Jefferson School Administration
Gahanna, OH
Downtown Gahanna

In recent years, Gahanna has worked hard at revitalizing the downtown "Olde Gahanna" section of the city. In October 2004, Gahanna's new Creekside Gahanna redevelopment and park extension project began, making way for everything from public spaces and restaurants to residences and office space. As of late 2007, the project businesses began to open. The area includes a 389-space public parking garage. The multimillion-dollar project is expected to bring in up to 150 new residents as well as bolster tourism to the area.

Gahanna also has an aggressive brownfields assessment and redevelopment program that includes the development of a community-wide brownfields inventory, the cleanup of a major abandoned landfill, and city-initiated assessments and demolition of abandoned or environmentally suspect properties.

The largest brownfields redevelopment project to date is the closure of the Bedford I Landfill, completed in late 2007. The closure was a result of a 2005 public-private development partnership with private firm Value Recovery Group, of Columbus, Ohio, and non-profit Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation to remediate and redevelop the abandoned Bedford I Landfill. The 200-acre (0.81 km2) site was transformed into Central Park of Gahanna, a major greenfield development campus that features a golf academy known as The Golf Depot. The City of Gahanna and Value Recovery Group, which owns nearly 60 acres of the developable land, have been working to attract recreational, brewing industry, and office development and continue to solicit development opportunities. Funding for this major project included $3,000,000 from the Clean Ohio Redevelopment Fund, $200,000 from the US EPA, $150,000 from the Community Development Block Grant program, significant assistance with assessment, stormwater remediation, and staff time from Gahanna, and other investments by the Central Ohio CIC. Gahanna was listed as #96 of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in 2007 by Money magazine.

Among the companies based in Gahanna is the utility company AEP Ohio and Donatos Pizza.

Education

The city of Gahanna is in the Gahanna-Jefferson Public School District. The school colors are blue and gold. Gahanna has seven elementary schools, three middle schools, and only one high school: Lincoln High School. However, there are also several private education options, including the Columbus Academy, located on Cherry Bottom Road, and Gahanna Christian Academy, on N.Hamilton Road, as well as various parochial schools.

Notable people

  • Saad Abdul-Salaam, MLS defender for Columbus Crew SC
  • Amanda Adkins, swimmer
  • Mike Faist, actor
  • John Hughes, NFL defensive lineman
  • Todd Douglas Miller, filmmaker
  • Georgia Schweitzer, WNBA player and NCAA All-American at Duke University
  • Seth Stammler, defenseman/midfielder for MLS side New York Red Bulls
  • Wil Trapp, MLS midfielder for Minnesota United FC
  • Nick Ward (basketball), Michigan State Spartans men's basketball (2016-2019), currently playing internationally
  • Evan White, first-round draft pick for the Seattle Mariners in 2017

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