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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 1814
Incorporated 1876 (village)
Incorporated 1930 (city)
 • Total 10.62 sq mi (27.51 km2)
 • Land 10.62 sq mi (27.51 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
1,168 ft (356 m)
 • Total 21,567
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,030.8/sq mi (784.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s) 234, 330
FIPS code 39-80304
GNIS feature ID 1065441

Wadsworth is a city in Medina County, Ohio, United States. Founded in 1814, it was named after General Elijah Wadsworth, a Revolutionary War hero. The population was 21,567 at the 2010 census.

A post office called Wadsworth has been in operation since 1823. The city has the name of Elijah Wadsworth, a land agent.


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.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 949
1880 1,219 28.5%
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%
Est. 2015 21,860 1.4%

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 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.

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