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Norton, Ohio
Silver Creek Metropark is located in Norton
Silver Creek Metropark is located in Norton
Location in Summit County and the state of Ohio.
Location in Summit County and the state of Ohio.
Country United States
State Ohio
Counties Summit, Wayne
 • Total 20.51 sq mi (53.13 km2)
 • Land 20.19 sq mi (52.28 km2)
 • Water 0.33 sq mi (0.84 km2)
1,066 ft (325 m)
 • Total 12,085
 • Estimate 
 • Density 592.76/sq mi (228.86/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 330, 234
FIPS code 39-57260
GNIS feature ID 1071010

Norton is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio. The population was 12,085 at the 2010 census and 11,996 at the 2019 estimate. All but a small portion of the city is in Summit County and is part of the Akron metropolitan area; a 4.4-acre (1.8 ha) part extends into Wayne County and the Wooster Micropolitan Statistical Area.


In 1818, Norton Township was organized. It was originally a part of Wolf Creek Township which consisted of present-day Norton, Copley, Wadsworth, Sharon, Guilford, and Montville townships. Norton Township was surveyed by Joseph Darrow and plotted into lots half a mile square. Norton was known as Town 1, Range 12 of the Western Reserve. It was named after Birdseye Norton, one of the original owners of the township. The first two people to settle on this land, in 1810, were James Robinson and John Cahow. Robinson purchased lot 19 and Cahow lot 20. It is a matter of some dispute as to whether Robinson’s or Cahow’s house was the first one built in the township. The first marriage in the township was in the fall of 1814 between James Robinson and Lois Bates. The first tavern was built by John Cahow on his lot 20 in 1812. The first saw and grist mills were built by Thomas Johnson in 1823 (saw) and 1830 (grist). Norton Township consisted of seven small villages: Loyal Oak (Also known as Bates' Corners located at 261 & Cleveland-Massillon Rd), Western Star (Greenwich and Medina Line Roads), Sherman (Originally known as Dennison located at Hametown Rd & Sherman St), Johnson's Corners (31st St & Wooster Rd W), Norton Center (Cleveland-Massillon & Greenwich Rd & Norton Ave), Hametown (Hametown and Wooster Roads), and New Portage (Wooster Rd N & Norton Ave.). One of Norton's famous families is the Seiberling family; Frank A. and Charles W. Seiberling started the Goodyear tire and rubber company in 1898. The Seiberling farm is still in operation today on Greenwich Road at Knollbrook Drive. In 1890, Ohio Columbus Barber, Charles Baird, Albert T. Paige and John K. Robinson purchased a number of farms adjacent to New Portage. Their purchase was for the purpose of founding a new manufacturing city. This city was named Barberton after O. C. Barber. The Ohio & Erie Canal ran through the southeastern part of the township from 1827-1913. Electric trolley lines were installed from Barberton to Wadsworth through Norton in 1905. In 1958 the Norton Township Development Committee was formed. Residents believed the Township form of government, with its three Trustees, needed a more structured form of government to effectively meet the needs of a fast-growing community. After time, an issue to incorporate as a village was placed on the election ballot. Although defeated the first time, it passed in 1961, thus incorporating Norton as a village. Norton’s first Village Mayor was Richard DuFore. The General Election of November 1968, brought Norton to a City status. The former Norton Village officially assumed City status on January 11, 1969. Norton's current government consists of Mayor Mike Zita and council members: Rick Rodgers, Dennis McGlone, Dennis Pierson, Paul Tousley, Joe Kernan, Scott Pelot, and Charlotte Whipkey.


Norton located at 41°1′31″N 81°38′38″W / 41.02528°N 81.64389°W / 41.02528; -81.64389 (41.025283, -81.643786), almost entirely in Summit County, with just a small portion containing several parcels in Wayne County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.49 square miles (53.07 km2), of which, 20.16 square miles (52.21 km2) is land and 0.33 square miles (0.85 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 12,308
1980 12,242 −0.5%
1990 11,477 −6.2%
2000 11,523 0.4%
2010 12,085 4.9%
Est. 2019 11,966 −1.0%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 12,085 people, 4,711 households, and 3,439 families living in the city. The population density was 599.5 inhabitants per square mile (231.5/km2). There were 4,951 housing units at an average density of 245.6 per square mile (94.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.2% White, 1.7% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 4,711 households, of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.0% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the city was 43.7 years. 21.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.1% were from 25 to 44; 31.9% were from 45 to 64; and 16.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.

Proposed power plant

A compressed air energy storage facility able to provide up to 2700 MW of power has been proposed to be built in the city. First Energy Corporation of Akron, Ohio purchased rights to develop plant in November 2009.


The city holds a yearly Apple Cider Festival in September. It includes a parade, fireworks, crafts and attractions. Begun by the Lions Club in 1988, the family members thought about starting an Octoberfest, but decided that since the Lions were known for selling cider in the Loyal Oak area of the City, that a Cider Festival would best suit the residents of that area. On September 23 and 24, 1989, the first Cider Festival was held as a local community event. For the 20th Anniversary in 2008, the location of the Festival was changed to be held closer to the City center at the Columbia Woods Park complex.


Norton City School District operates one elementary school, one middle school, and Norton High School.

Norton has a public library, a branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

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