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Wadsworth, Ohio
St. Mark Church
St. Mark Church
Location of Wadsworth, Ohio
Location of Wadsworth, Ohio
Location of Wadsworth in Medina County
Location of Wadsworth in Medina County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Medina
Founded March 1, 1814 (1814-03-01) (208 years ago)
Incorporated January 1, 1876 (1876-01-01) (146 years ago) (village)
Incorporated January 1, 1931 (1931-01-01) (91 years ago) (city)
Government
 • Type Mayor-Council
Area
 • Total 11.32 sq mi (29.32 km2)
 • Land 11.31 sq mi (29.29 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation
1,168 ft (356 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 24,007
 • Density 2,124.77/sq mi (820.41/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
44281-44282
Area code(s) 234, 330
FIPS code 39-80304
GNIS feature ID 1065441
Website https://www.wadsworthcity.com/

Wadsworth is a city in Medina County, Ohio, United States. It is counted as part of the Cleveland metropolitan area, although it functions mainly as a suburb of Akron. Founded on March 1, 1814, the city was named after General Elijah Wadsworth, a Revolutionary War hero and War of 1812 officer who owned the largest share of the lands that became Medina County, Ohio. The population was 24,007 at the 2020 census.

A post office called Wadsworth has been in operation since 1823.

Geography

Wadsworth is located at 41°1′40″N 81°43′47″W / 41.02778°N 81.72972°W / 41.02778; -81.72972 (41.027867, -81.729768).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.62 square miles (27.51 km2), all land. It is located just a few miles south of the north-south continental divide.

Nearby cities include Akron and Cleveland.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,219
1890 1,576 29.3%
1900 1,764 11.9%
1910 3,073 74.2%
1920 4,742 54.3%
1930 5,920 24.8%
1940 6,495 9.7%
1950 7,966 22.6%
1960 10,635 33.5%
1970 13,142 23.6%
1980 15,187 15.6%
1990 15,718 3.5%
2000 18,437 17.3%
2010 21,567 17.0%
2020 24,007 11.3%
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As of 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $48,605, and the median income for a family was $58,850. Males had a median income of $41,626 versus $25,805 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,859. 5.4% of the population and 4.2% of families were below the poverty line, including 5.7% of those under the age of 18 and 5.6% of those 65 and older.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 21,567 people, 8,609 households, and 5,803 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,030.8 inhabitants per square mile (784.1/km2). There were 9,320 housing units at an average density of 877.6 per square mile (338.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.9% White, 0.8% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 1.2% of the population.

There were 8,609 households, of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.6% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.05.

The median age in the city was 38.7 years. 25.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.2% were from 25 to 44; 25% were from 45 to 64; and 15.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

Of the city's population over the age of 25, 31.2% held a bachelor's degree or higher.

Blue Tip Festival

The Blue Tip Festival is a five-day celebration of the Wadsworth community. It starts with a parade and the lighting of a 20-foot-high, blue-tip match, which lights downtown Wadsworth during the festival's duration. The festival offers amusement rides, festival foods, midway games, contests, a local merchant's tent, and other entertainment. Additional events, such as the Wadsworth Running Club's "Matchstick 4 Mile" foot race and the "Blue Tip Idol" singing contest challenge area athletes and performers. Special events have included passenger train rides on the Blue Tip Express, Community Challenges between local organizations, big top circus performances, paint ball shooting ranges, pony rides, bingo tents, and assorted musical performances. The year 2017 will mark the 45th annual Blue Tip Festival.

The Blue Tip Festival is named after the historic strike-anywhere blue tip matches which were once manufactured in Wadsworth. While match manufacturing left Wadsworth in the 1980s, the Blue Tip Festival uses the name and giant match to affirm the community's past and celebrate the modern American city. Today, the Festival is run by a non-profit organization, staffed entirely by volunteers, referred to as the Blue Tip Festival Committee. Revenues from the festival are donated to Wadsworth area non-profit groups.

Education

The Wadsworth City School District is the single largest employer in the city. The district has benefited from the support of the community, which passed six of the last seven levies put before the voters. In addition, the district voters supported the recent Medina County Sales Tax (the first in Ohio), at a rate of 74% for the levy. According to school district Treasurer Doug Beeman, revenues for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, exceeded expenditures as the school system continues to manage the resources provided by the community.

Wadsworth High School and Wadsworth Middle School are members of the Ohio High School Athletic Association. The high school and middle school mascot is the grizzly bear.

Wadsworth City School district operates eight schools. There are five elementary schools (kindergarten through grade 4), one intermediate school (grades 5 and 6), one middle school (grades 7 and 8) and one high school (grades 9 through 12). As of 2012, Wadsworth City Schools had completed a construction project in which a $115 million high school was built, along with three new elementary buildings. The total enrollment is approximately 4,849 students.

Other schools in the city of Wadsworth include Sacred Heart School, a Roman Catholic parochial school serving Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Transportation

Wadsworth is served by the Wadsworth Municipal Airport, which is located 2 miles (3.22 km) southwest of the city. I-76 traverses the city. State routes include OH-57, OH-94 and OH-261.

Notable people

  • Dwier Brown, actor in Field of Dreams
  • Nancy Everhard, actress
  • Michael Foreman, astronaut
  • Ben Hess, NASCAR driver.
  • Drew Pearson, Grammy Award-nominated songwriter
  • Alban W. Purcell, 19th Century stage actor
  • James Renacci, former U.S. Congressman (2011-2019) and U.S. Senatorial Candidate (2018)
  • Laura Spelman Rockefeller, wife of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller
  • Bishop Sankey, NFL running back
  • Andy Sonnanstine, MLB pitcher
  • Scott Fletcher, MLB infielder
  • Wilbur H. Tousley, Wisconsin State Assembly and newspaper publisher
  • Carolyn Treffinger, children's author
  • Brad Warner, zen monk, author, and musician
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