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Warren, Ohio
City of Warren
Downtown Warren
Downtown Warren
"Historic Capital of the Western Reserve"
Location of Warren in Trumbull County within the state of Ohio
Location of Warren in Trumbull County within the state of Ohio
Country United States
State Ohio
County Trumbull
Founded 1798
 • City 16.13 sq mi (41.77 km2)
 • Land 15.97 sq mi (41.35 km2)
 • Water 0.16 sq mi (0.42 km2)
892 ft (272 m)
 • City 41,558
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,427.16/sq mi (937.12/km2)
 • Metro
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s) 330 234
FIPS code 39-80892
GNIS feature ID 1084083

Warren is a city in and the county seat of Trumbull County, Ohio, United States. The municipality is located in northeastern Ohio, approximately 14 miles (23 km) northwest of Youngstown and 56 miles (90 km) southeast of Cleveland. The population was 41,558 at the 2010 census. Warren is the second largest city in the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area, and anchors the northern part of that area.


Ephraim Quinby founded Warren in 1798, on 441 acres (1.78 km2) of land that he purchased from the Connecticut Land Company, as part of the Connecticut Western Reserve. Quinby named the town for the town's surveyor, Moses Warren. The town became the Trumbull County seat in 1801.

In 1833, Warren contained county buildings, two printing offices, a bank, five mercantile stores, and about 600 inhabitants.

Warren had a population of nearly 1,600 people in 1846. In that same year the town had five churches, twenty stores, three newspaper offices, one bank, one woolen factory and two flourmills. In June 1846, a fire destroyed several buildings on one side of the town square, but residents soon replaced them with new stores and other businesses. Warren became an important center of trade for farmers living in the surrounding countryside during this period. Songwriter Stephen Foster, his wife Jane McDowell, and their daughter Marion lived briefly in Warren.

During the latter decades of the nineteenth century and throughout the twentieth century, Warren remained an important trading and manufacturing center. By 1888, four railroads connected the community with other parts of Ohio. In that same year, there were five newspaper offices, seven churches, three banks and numerous manufacturing firms in Warren. The businesses manufactured a wide variety of products including linseed oil, furniture, barrel staves, wool fabric, blinds, incandescent bulbs, automobiles and carriages. Warren was the first town in the US to have an electric street illumination, provided by the Packard Electric Company, founded 1890 in Warren. Warren's population was 5,973 people in 1890. Construction began on the Trumbull County Courthouse in downtown Warren on Thanksgiving Day, 1895.

Warren continued to grow in the twentieth century. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, steel production was a major industry in the county because of large deposits of coal and iron ore in surrounding counties. In recent years, many Warren residents have worked in local service and retail sales businesses. In 2000, Warren was Trumbull County's most populated community, with 46,832 residents. Many examples of late 19th and early 20th century architectural styles still stand in downtown Warren, including the Trumbull County Courthouse, which contains one of the largest courtrooms in the state of Ohio and the Trumbull County Carnegie Law Library in addition to office buildings, banks, stores, and homes surrounding the Courthouse Square area.


Warren is located at 41°14′18″N 80°48′52″W / 41.23833°N 80.81444°W / 41.23833; -80.81444 (41.238206, −80.814554).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.16 square miles (41.85 km2), of which 16.13 square miles (41.78 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 435
1830 501 15.2%
1840 1,066 112.8%
1860 2,402
1870 3,457 43.9%
1880 4,428 28.1%
1890 5,973 34.9%
1900 8,529 42.8%
1910 11,081 29.9%
1920 27,050 144.1%
1930 41,062 51.8%
1940 42,837 4.3%
1950 49,856 16.4%
1960 59,648 19.6%
1970 63,494 6.4%
1980 56,629 −10.8%
1990 50,793 −10.3%
2000 46,832 −7.8%
2010 41,558 −11.3%
2020 38,752 −6.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

95.5% spoke English, 1.6% Greek, 1.1% Spanish, and 0.9% Italian in their homes.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 41,557 people, 17,003 households, and 10,013 families living in the city. The population density was 2,576.4 inhabitants per square mile (994.8/km2). There were 20,384 housing units at an average density of 1,263.7 per square mile (487.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 67.7% White, 27.7% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 3.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population.

Of the 17,003 households 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.8% were married couples living together, 21.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.1% were non-families. 35.6% of households were one person and 13.8% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.97.

The median age was 38.3 years. 23.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.2% were from 25 to 44; 25.9% were from 45 to 64; and 16% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.


Some of the attractions in Warren are:

  • The world's first two-story McDonald's (dedicated to Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald's)
  • Museums such as National Packard Museum, the John Stark Edwards House and Museum, the Sutliff Museum and the Trumbull Art Gallery
  • The Packard Music Hall – a venue for civic, arts and entertainment events.
  • Packard Park
  • The Neil Armstrong First Flight Memorial
  • Perkin's Park
  • The Women's Park
  • Warren Community Amphitheater
  • Historic Courthouse Square


Major employers in Warren include Trumbull Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph Warren Hospital, the Tribune Chronicle, Seven Seventeen Credit Union, Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital, and Thomas Steel Strip.

Notable people

  • Roger Ailes, American television executive
  • Red Ames, Major League Baseball player
  • David Arnold, University of Michigan and NFL football player
  • Catherine Bach, actress
  • James L. Baughman, historian
  • Andrew John Berger, ornithologist
  • Carolina Bermudez, radio personality on Elvis Duran and the Morning Show in New York
  • Earl Derr Biggers, novelist and playwright
  • Bud Boone, auto racer
  • Aaron Brown, Ohio State University and NFL player
  • Joey Browner, USC and NFL player
  • Keith Browner, USC and NFL player
  • Ross Browner, Notre Dame and NFL player, College Football Hall of Famer
  • Prescott Burgess, University of Michigan and NFL player with Baltimore Ravens
  • Michael Capellas, former CEO Of Compaq Computer Corporation
  • Genevieve R. Cline, federal judge
  • Chris Columbus, filmmaker
  • Kenyon Cox, American painter, illustrator, muralist, writer and teacher
  • Joseph S. Curtis, Wisconsin State Assemblyman and lawyer
  • Doug Datish, Ohio State University and NFL player
  • Alaska Packard Davidson, First Female FBI special agent
  • Van DeCree, Ohio State University and World Football League player
  • Linda DeScenna, film set decorator
  • Jerry Douglas, Grammy Award-winning musician
  • Elizabeth George, novelist, creator of The Inspector Lynley Mysteries
  • Randy Gradishar, Ohio State University and NFL player
  • Dave Grohl, musician
  • John Harsh, Wisconsin State Assembly
  • David Herron, NFL player
  • Hugh Hewitt, radio talk show host
  • Sean Jones, jazz musician, composer, lead trumpeter for Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
  • Jason Kokrak, professional golfer on the PGA Tour
  • Bill Kollar, Montana State and NFL player, NFL assistant coach
  • Rex Lee, actor, Entourage
  • Braeden Lemasters, musician Wallows, actor
  • Mario Manningham, University of Michigan and NFL player
  • Zella McBerty, Businesswoman and engineer in electric welding machine production
  • Robin McKinley, fantasy author
  • Antwaun Molden, NFL player
  • James Ward Packard and brother William Doud Packard, industrialists
  • Johnny Ace Palmer, magician
  • Ronald A. Parise, NASA astronaut
  • Austin Pendleton, actor
  • Greg Reeves, musician
  • Carl Schmitt, artist and writer
  • De'Veon Smith, NFL player
  • Karl Singer, football player
  • Korey Stringer, NFL player
  • Tere Tereba, fashion designer, actress, writer
  • Harriet Taylor Upton, first woman vice-chairman of the Republican National Committee
  • Paul Warfield, Ohio State University and NFL player, NFL Hall of Famer
  • Forrest Wilson, author, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography
  • Chris Zylka, actor, The Secret Circle

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