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Middlefield, Ohio
Batavia House
Batavia House
"Industry & Agriculture"
Location of Middlefield, Ohio
Location of Middlefield, Ohio
Location of Middlefield in Geauga County
Location of Middlefield in Geauga County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Geauga
Founded 1799
 • Total 3.06 sq mi (7.93 km2)
 • Land 3.04 sq mi (7.88 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
1,125 ft (343 m)
 • Total 2,690
 • Estimate 
 • Density 887.87/sq mi (342.77/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 440 Exchange: 632
FIPS code 39-49700
GNIS feature ID 1061515

Middlefield is a village in Middlefield Township, Geauga County, Ohio, United States. The population was 2,690 at the 2010 census.

Middlefield is known for being the center of the world's fourth largest Amish settlement, and its significant manufacturing base, which includes Gold Key Processing, Inc., Duncan Toys and KraftMaid.

Because of its central location, home of the areas' public schools and prominent business and retail presence, Middlefield village is considered the hub community for Huntsburg, Parkman, and Middlefield Townships, home to approximately 15,000 total residents.


Middlefield is located at 41°27′41″N 81°04′36″W / 41.461310°N 81.076769°W / 41.461310; -81.076769 (41.461310, -81.076769).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.04 square miles (7.87 km2), of which 3.02 square miles (7.82 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.


Once named "Batavia," the village received its current name because it was the midway point between Painesville and Warren. Middlefield was established in 1799 by James Thompson and his father, Isaac Thompson, and incorporated in 1901.

In 1818, James Johnson, who settled at today's Johnson Corners, built a hotel. This hotel, later named The Century Inn, is currently the home of the Middlefield Historical Association. The Historical Association operates a small railroad museum in the summers, The Depot, focused on the 1873 narrow gauge railway between Painesville and Warren.

Middlefield's first manufacturing company was the Johnson Pail Company, founded in 1895.

The Middlefield Library, a branch of the Geauga County Public Library, was opened in 1942.

In 1965, the Ukrainian Scouting Organization, Plast, established its midwestern campground known as "Pysanyj Kamin" occupying over 150 acres at the easternmost end of Shedd Rd. Three-week summer camps draw hundreds of Ukrainian American campers from Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., in addition to other North American cities and sometimes Ukraine.

Middlefield realizes more than 80% of its income tax from industrial and commercial business, making this Geauga county's industrial capital. Businesses serving the area include both large and small entities such as Gold Key Processing, Inc., Good News Newspaper, Grandview Restaurant and Banquet Center, Karl's Jewelry, KraftMaid Cabinetry, Mary Yoder's Amish Kitchen, Town Tavern, Middlefield Tavern, Middlefield Banking Company, Middlefield Cheese House, Inc., and Mercury Plastics, Inc.

In 2005, Wal-Mart opened a Supercenter in the village. Catering to the local Amish population, the Supercenter has an expanded parking lot that includes 37 hitching posts for Amish buggies. Also, the store is stocked with blocks of ice and fabrics for clothes to be made at home.

Amish horse and buggy in Middlefield, June 1973


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 640
1920 706 10.3%
1930 726 2.8%
1940 932 28.4%
1950 1,141 22.4%
1960 1,467 28.6%
1970 1,726 17.7%
1980 1,997 15.7%
1990 1,898 −5.0%
2000 2,233 17.7%
2010 2,690 20.5%
2019 (est.) 2,700 0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

Middlefield is the center of the world's fourth largest Amish settlement, but very few actually live within the Village limits.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,690 people, 1,186 households, and 678 families residing in the village. The population density was 892.1 inhabitants per square mile (344.4/km2). There were 1,290 housing units at an average density of 427.2 per square mile (164.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.9% White, 0.8% African American, 0.6% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.

There were 1,186 households, of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.8% were non-families. 37.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the village was 43.8 years. 21.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.9% were from 25 to 44; 25.8% were from 45 to 64; and 22.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 45.3% male and 54.7% female.

Notable people

  • Franklin L. Gilson, Wisconsin politician and judge
  • Luther F. Gilson, Wisconsin politician and businessman
  • Matthew Justice, professional wrestler
  • David A. Lucht, fire safety advocate in government, academia, and the nonprofit sector
  • Wardlow, professional wrestler

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