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Groveport, Ohio
City
One of the Groveport Log Houses
One of the Groveport Log Houses
Motto(s): 
"Central Ohio's Hometown"
Location of Groveport, Ohio
Location of Groveport, Ohio
Location of Groveport in Franklin County
Location of Groveport in Franklin County
Country  United States
State  Ohio
County Franklin
Settled March 1, 1803
Area
 • Total 8.79 sq mi (23.76 km2)
 • Land 8.56 sq mi (22.17 km2)
 • Water 0.23 sq mi (0.59 km2)
Elevation
741 ft (226 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 6,009
 • Rank Ohio: 236th
 • Density 626.5/sq mi (249.26/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
43125, 43195, 43196, 43198, 43199
Area code(s) 614 and 380
FIPS code 3932606
GNIS feature ID 1062797
Nearby airports Rickenbacker International Airport, John Glenn Columbus International Airport, Bolton Field
Website City of Groveport

Groveport is a city in Franklin County, Ohio, United States. It is a suburb of Columbus. The population was 6,009 at the 2020 census.

Groveport was the hometown of John Solomon Rarey, a 19th-century horse whisperer, and developer of the Rarey technique for rehabilitating horses.

History

Groveport had its start as a single entity in 1846 when the neighboring rival towns of Wert's Grove and Rareysport merged. A post office called Groveport has been in operation since 1847.

Geography

Groveport is located at 39°51′22″N 82°53′26″W / 39.85611°N 82.89056°W / 39.85611; -82.89056 (39.856163, -82.890544).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 8.79 square miles (22.77 km2), of which 8.56 square miles (22.17 km2) is land and 0.23 square miles (0.60 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 483
1860 540 11.8%
1870 627 16.1%
1880 650 3.7%
1890 578 −11.1%
1900 519 −10.2%
1910 643 23.9%
1920 671 4.4%
1930 946 41.0%
1940 1,052 11.2%
1950 1,165 10.7%
1960 2,043 75.4%
1970 2,490 21.9%
1980 3,286 32.0%
1990 2,948 −10.3%
2000 3,865 31.1%
2010 5,363 38.8%
2020 6,009 12.0%
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2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,363 people, 2,099 households, and 1,471 families living in the village. The population density was 626.5 inhabitants per square mile (241.9/km2). There were 2,300 housing units at an average density of 268.7 per square mile (103.7/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 82.1% White, 12.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 1.0% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population. 7.8% of residents were foreign born.

There were 2,099 households, of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.3% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.9% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.03.

The median age in the village was 39.9 years. 23.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.3% were from 25 to 44; 30% were from 45 to 64; and 12.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

The number of veterans living in Groveport between 2015 and 2019 was 309.

Approximately 7.8% of Groveport residents are foreign-born.

Economy

Due in large part to the presence of Rickenbacker International Airport and Air National Guard Base, Groveport is home to many distribution centers and warehouses. The city used to be home to the headquarters of Air Tahoma before they ceased operations, and is currently home to the headquarters of Staber Industries. Other organizations with significant operations include Amazon.com, FedEx, Gap, Inc., Eddie Bauer, Spiegel Brands, American Electric Power and VistaPrint.

Notable people

  • Le'Veon Bell, NFL All-Pro running back
  • Thomas John Hennen, United States Army warrant officer and NASA astronaut
  • Pam Higgins, three-time winner on the LPGA Tour
  • John Solomon Rarey, horse whisperer, developed the Rarey technique
  • Amor L. Sims, Brigadier general, USMC, during World War I and World War II
  • Eric Smith, NFL safety
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