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Wooster, Ohio
City
City of Wooster
Downtown overlooking the square and gazebo, July 2012
Downtown overlooking the square and gazebo, July 2012
Location of Wooster in Wayne County and state of Ohio
Location of Wooster in Wayne County and state of Ohio
Country United States
State Ohio
County Wayne
Founded 1808
Area
 • Total 16.36 sq mi (42.37 km2)
 • Land 16.31 sq mi (42.24 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
Elevation 997 ft (304 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 26,119
 • Estimate (2012) 26,375
 • Density 1,601.4/sq mi (618.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 44691
Area code(s) 330
FIPS code 39-86548
GNIS feature ID 1049345
Website http://www.woosteroh.com/

Wooster /ˈwʊstər/ is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Wayne County. The municipality is located in northeastern Ohio approximately 50 mi (80 km) SSW of Cleveland and 35 mi (56 km) SW of Akron. Wooster is noted as the location of The College of Wooster. Wooster was established in 1808 by John Bever, William Henry, and Joseph Larwill, and named after David Wooster, a general in the American Revolutionary War. The population was 24,811 at the 2000 census and 26,119 at the 2010 Census. The city is the largest in Wayne County, and the center of the Wooster Micropolitan Statistical Area (as defined by the United States Census Bureau). Wooster has the main branch and administrative offices of the Wayne County Public Library.

Wooster is the birthplace of the Compton brothers: Arthur Compton, physics Nobel Prize winner and chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis, Karl Taylor Compton, physicist and president of MIT, and Wilson Martindale Compton, diplomat and president of Washington State University.

In 2013, Foreign Direct Investment magazine reviewed Wooster's business friendliness and strategy, and has ranked it amongst North America's Top 10 Micro Cities 2013/2014.

Geography and geology

Wooster is located at 40°48′33″N 81°56′14″W / 40.80917°N 81.93722°W / 40.80917; -81.93722 (40.809301, -81.937258).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.36 square miles (42.37 km2), of which, 16.31 square miles (42.24 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water. The city rests at 997 feet above sea level.

The local bedrock consists of the Cuyahoga Formation (shale) and the overlying Logan Formation (sandstone and conglomerate), both Lower Carboniferous and rich in fossils.

Demographics

In 2011, 93.3% spoke English, 2.4% Spanish, and 1.3% German.

2010 census

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 291
1820 467 60.5%
1830 977 109.2%
1840 1,913 95.8%
1850 2,797 46.2%
1860 3,361 20.2%
1870 5,419 61.2%
1880 5,840 7.8%
1890 5,901 1.0%
1900 6,063 2.7%
1910 6,136 1.2%
1920 8,204 33.7%
1930 10,742 30.9%
1940 11,543 7.5%
1950 14,005 21.3%
1960 17,046 21.7%
1970 18,703 9.7%
1980 19,273 3.0%
1990 22,191 15.1%
2000 24,811 11.8%
2010 26,119 5.3%
Est. 2015 26,749 2.4%
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As of the census of 2010, there were 26,119 people, 10,733 households, and 6,244 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,601.4 inhabitants per square mile (618.3/km2). There were 11,822 housing units at an average density of 724.8 per square mile (279.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.2% White, 3.6% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 10,733 households of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.1% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.8% were non-families. 35.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age in the city was 37.3 years. 20.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 14.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.1% were from 25 to 44; 25.1% were from 45 to 64; and 16.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 24,811 people, 10,040 households, and 6,174 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,726.1 people per square mile (666.6/km²). There were 10,674 housing units at an average density of 742.6 per square mile (286.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.59% White, 3.82% African American, 0.26% Native American, 1.54% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.07% of the population.

There were 10,040 households out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.5% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% 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 2.88.

In the city, the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 14.9% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,400, and the median income for a family was $47,118. Males had a median income of $34,021 versus $23,608 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,505. About 7.8% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.5% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

Wooster-ohio-courthouse-telamon
Architectural telamon (or atlas) on the courthouse entrance.

The arts

Wooster, and the greater Wayne County community, is served by the Wayne Center for the Arts, which displays artwork by local artists, offers instructional courses, and stages performances.

The College of Wooster is home to the Ohio Light Opera, a professional opera company that performs the light opera repertory, including Gilbert and Sullivan, and American, British, and continental operettas of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Music

The Wooster Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1915, is a joint venture between the Wooster community and the College of Wooster. The Symphony is the second oldest continually performing in the state.

Parks and recreation

Wooster has several parks in town and nearby with hiking trails, playgrounds, and picnic areas. Wooster Memorial Park, locally known as Spangler Park, offers 7 miles of hiking trails through woods, ravines, and open fields along the Rathburn Run. Christmas Run Park has playgrounds and pavilions, as well as a picnic area. Schellin Park offers a skate park as well as playground and picnic facilities. The newly opened Oak Hill Park is located at the intersection of Oak Hill and Oldman Roads, and offers pavilions and walking trails.

Sister cities

The town of Collepietro in the Province of L'Aquila in the Abruzzi region of Italy, is officially recognized as a Sister City of Wooster.

Points of interest

  • Wooster City School District
  • The College of Wooster
  • Secrest Arboretum
  • Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center
  • Ohio Light Opera
  • Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute
  • Wayne County Public Library
  • Wayne County Fair

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