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Ravenna, Ohio
Downtown Ravenna along Main Street in 2009
Downtown Ravenna along Main Street in 2009
Location within Portage County
Location within Portage County
Ravenna, Ohio is located in the United States
Ravenna, Ohio
Ravenna, Ohio
Location in the United States
Ravenna, Ohio is located in Ohio
Ravenna, Ohio
Ravenna, Ohio
Location in Ohio
Country United States
State Ohio
County Portage
Founded 1799
Incorporated 1853
Founded by Benjamin Tappan
Named for Ravenna, Italy
 • Type Mayor–council
 • Total 5.68 sq mi (14.71 km2)
 • Land 5.63 sq mi (14.59 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)
1,132 ft (345 m)
 • Total 11,724
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,016.86/sq mi (778.74/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 330, 234
FIPS code 39-65592
GNIS feature ID 1061586

Ravenna is a city in Portage County, Ohio, United States. It is located 15 miles (24 km) east of Akron. It was formed from portions of Ravenna Township in the Connecticut Western Reserve. The population was 11,724 in the 2010 Census and estimated at 11,361 in 2019. It is the county seat of Portage County. Ravenna was founded in 1799, platted in 1808, and is named for the city of Ravenna, Italy. The city is part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area and the larger Cleveland–Akron–Canton Combined Statistical Area.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.68 square miles (14.71 km2), of which 5.63 square miles (14.58 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.

The following highways pass through Ravenna:

  • State Route 59
  • State Route 44
  • State Route 14
  • State Route 88

Ravenna is located south of Interstate 80/Ohio Turnpike exit 193, and north of Interstate 76 exit 38.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 306
1860 1,777
1870 2,188 23.1%
1880 3,255 48.8%
1890 3,417 5.0%
1900 4,003 17.1%
1910 5,310 32.7%
1920 7,219 36.0%
1930 8,019 11.1%
1940 8,538 6.5%
1950 9,857 15.4%
1960 10,918 10.8%
1970 11,780 7.9%
1980 11,987 1.8%
1990 12,069 0.7%
2000 11,771 −2.5%
2010 11,724 −0.4%
2019 (est.) 11,361 −3.1%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 11,724 people, 5,055 households, and 2,860 families living in the city. The population density was 2,082.4 inhabitants per square mile (804.0/km2). There were 5,566 housing units at an average density of 988.6 per square mile (381.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.1% White, 5.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 5,055 households, of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.8% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.4% were non-families. 35.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the city was 37.9 years. 22.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.6% were from 25 to 44; 26.5% were from 45 to 64; and 14.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.


Elementary and secondary education for students in Ravenna and Ravenna Township is provided by the Ravenna School District, which includes Ravenna High School for grades 9–12 and Brown Middle School for grades 5–8. The district reorganized its elementary buildings for the 2020–21 school year, closing Carlin Elementary and grouping grade levels together. Previously, the district had operated four neighborhood elementary schools each with grades 1–5. Kindergarten students attend West Park Elementary, Willyard Elementary houses the district's 1st and 2nd graders, and West Main Elementary houses grades 3 and 4. The district's preschool program and child care center are located in the former Carlin Elementary School building.

Ravenna is also home to the Maplewood Career Center, a vocational school which serves high school-aged students from ten high schools in Portage and Summit counties and offers adult education programs. The Bio-Med Science Academy, a public STEM school for grades 2–12, has a campus in Ravenna at the former Fortis College location that houses the program's 5th and 6th graders. Grades 2–4 are housed at Bio-Med's Shalersville campus and grades 7–12 are located at the Rootstown campus.

Higher education

A campus of Fortis College, a small, private for-profit school, was located in northern Ravenna near State Route 14. It closed at the end of 2018 due to declining enrollment.

Notable people

  • Chris Bangle; automobile designer
  • Wally Bell; MLB umpire
  • Bill Bower, last surviving pilot of the Doolittle Raid
  • David D. Busch; best-selling author
  • Curt Cacioppo, classical pianist born in Ravenna
  • Gerald Casale; founding member of the band Devo, was born in Ravenna
  • William Rufus Day; U.S. Supreme Court justice
  • L. W. de Laurence  ; pioneering mail order entrepreneur, author and publisher of occult and spiritual topics
  • Calvin Hampton; classical organist, raised in Ravenna
  • Robert B. "Yank" Heisler; Key Bank chairman, Dean Kent State University College of Business Administration
  • Al Hodge; actor in films such as Captain Video and The Green Hornet and producer of The Lone Ranger radio program
  • Arthur E. Juve; B. F. Goodrich inventor known for applying elastomer technology in printing
  • Maynard James Keenan; singer for Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer
  • Marvin Kent; politician and businessman, namesake for neighboring city of Kent
  • Peggy King; singer and television personality
  • Frederick J. Loudin; Singer and leader of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, inventor and manufacturer
  • Don Nottingham; pro football player
  • Fela Sowande; Nigerian-born musician and composer who lived in Ravenna while on faculty at Kent State University
  • Henry Adoniram Swift; third governor of Minnesota
  • Jack Trice; college football player at Iowa State and namesake of the school's football stadium; lived in Ravenna during summer of 1923
  • Erastus B. Tyler; Union general in the American Civil War
  • Jeff West; pro football kicker
  • Don M. Wilson III; former Chief Risk Officer at JP Morgan Chase Bank

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