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Medina County, Ohio
Current Medina County Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Medina County Courthouse
Seal of Medina County, Ohio
Seal
Map of Ohio highlighting Medina County
Location in the state of Ohio
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Ohio's location in the U.S.
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Named for Medina[1]
Seat Medina
Largest city Brunswick
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

423 sq mi (1,096 km²)
421.3 sq mi (1,091 km²)
1.7 sq mi (4 km²), 0.4%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

182,470
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Congressional districts 7th, 16th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.co.medina.oh.us

Medina County (pronounced /məˈdnə/) is a county in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2020 census, the population was 182,470.[2] Its county seat is Medina.[3] The county was created in 1812 and later organized in 1818.[4] It is named for Medina, a city in Saudi Arabia.[5]

Medina County is part of the Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, although parts of the county are included in the urbanized area of Akron.[6]

History[]

After the discovery of the New World, the land that became Medina County was originally part of the French colony of Canada (New France), which was ceded in 1763 to Great Britain and renamed Province of Quebec. In the late 18th century the land became part of the Connecticut Western Reserve in the Northwest Territory, then was purchased by the Connecticut Land Company in 1795. Parts of Medina County and neighbouring Lorain became home to the Black River Colony founded in 1852, a religious community centered on the pious lifestyle of the German Baptist Brethren.

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 423 square miles (1,096 km2), of which 421.3 square miles (1,091 km2) is land and 1.7 square miles (4 km2) (0.4%) is water.[7]

The Medina County Park District, established in 1965, manages 6,353 acres (2,571.0 ha), including 18 parks and trails.[8]

Adjacent counties[]

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 3,082
1830 7,560 145.3%
1840 18,352 142.8%
1850 24,441 33.2%
1860 22,517 −7.9%
1870 20,092 −10.8%
1880 21,453 6.8%
1890 21,742 1.3%
1900 21,958 1.0%
1910 23,598 7.5%
1920 26,067 10.5%
1930 29,677 13.8%
1940 33,034 11.3%
1950 40,417 22.3%
1960 65,315 61.6%
1970 82,717 26.6%
1980 113,150 36.8%
1990 122,354 8.1%
2000 151,095 23.5%
2010 172,332 14.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2019[13]

2000 census[]

As of the census[14] of 2010, there were 172,332 people, 54,542 households, and 42,215 families living in the county. The population density was 358 people per square mile (138/km2). There were 56,793 housing units at an average density of 135 per square mile (52/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.26% White, 0.88% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. 0.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 26.8% were of German, 11.5% Irish, 8.6% Italian, 8.4% English, 8.4% Polish and 7.8% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 95.3% spoke English, 1.2% Spanish and 1.0% German as their first language.

There were 54,542 households, of which 37.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.50% were married couples living together, 7.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.60% were non-families. 18.90% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 27.50% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 30.60% from 25 to 44, 24.40% from 45 to 64, and 10.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $55,811, and the median income for a family was $62,489. Males had a median income of $44,600 versus $27,513 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,251. About 3.50% of families and 4.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.90% of those under age 18 and 4.80% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 172,332 people, 65,143 households, and 48,214 families living in the county.[15] The population density was 409.0 inhabitants per square mile (157.9 /km2). There were 69,181 housing units at an average density of 164.2 per square mile (63.4 /km2).[16] The racial makeup of the county was 96.1% white, 1.2% black or African American, 1.0% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.6% of the population.[15] In terms of ancestry, 32.7% were German, 18.3% were Irish, 11.6% were English, 10.7% were Italian, 10.4% were Polish, and 7.4% were American.[17]

Of the 65,143 households, 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.5% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 26.0% were non-families, and 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.07. The median age was 40.4 years.[15]

The median income for a household in the county was $66,193 and the median income for a family was $76,699. Males had a median income of $56,523 versus $38,163 for females. The per capita income for the county was $29,986. About 4.4% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.6% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.[18]

Politics[]

Unlike most counties in northeast Ohio, Medina County is a Republican stronghold county for presidential elections, only backing Democratic nominees 3 times in 1916, 1936, and 1964.

United States presidential election results for Medina County, Ohio[19]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 64,598 60.92% 39,800 37.53% 1,643 1.55%
2016 54,810 59.47% 32,182 34.92% 5,171 5.61%
2012 50,418 55.45% 38,785 42.65% 1,728 1.90%
2008 48,189 53.16% 40,924 45.14% 1,539 1.70%
2004 48,196 56.78% 36,272 42.73% 410 0.48%
2000 37,349 55.84% 26,635 39.82% 2,899 4.33%
1996 26,120 44.21% 23,727 40.16% 9,239 15.64%
1992 24,090 39.75% 18,995 31.34% 17,516 28.90%
1988 29,962 60.08% 19,505 39.11% 407 0.82%
1984 30,690 65.38% 15,897 33.86% 357 0.76%
1980 24,723 58.79% 13,573 32.28% 3,754 8.93%
1976 19,066 52.60% 16,251 44.83% 932 2.57%
1972 21,010 64.82% 10,643 32.84% 758 2.34%
1968 14,089 52.31% 9,194 34.14% 3,650 13.55%
1964 10,221 40.97% 14,729 59.03% 0 0.00%
1960 16,123 62.21% 9,796 37.79% 0 0.00%
1956 15,155 70.42% 6,365 29.58% 0 0.00%
1952 14,433 70.39% 6,071 29.61% 0 0.00%
1948 9,462 64.29% 5,133 34.88% 122 0.83%
1944 10,375 63.35% 6,003 36.65% 0 0.00%
1940 10,116 60.08% 6,722 39.92% 0 0.00%
1936 7,283 48.37% 7,400 49.14% 375 2.49%
1932 7,753 55.09% 5,841 41.50% 480 3.41%
1928 9,510 79.58% 2,357 19.72% 83 0.69%
1924 6,756 67.76% 1,844 18.49% 1,371 13.75%
1920 6,846 67.63% 3,120 30.82% 156 1.54%
1916 2,754 46.80% 2,984 50.71% 147 2.50%
1912 685 12.07% 2,108 37.15% 2,881 50.78%
1908 3,427 57.32% 2,378 39.77% 174 2.91%
1904 3,632 67.85% 1,517 28.34% 204 3.81%
1900 3,510 58.25% 2,360 39.16% 156 2.59%
1896 3,533 57.32% 2,575 41.77% 56 0.91%
1892 3,062 56.10% 2,122 38.88% 274 5.02%
1888 3,333 58.08% 2,181 38.00% 225 3.92%
1884 3,433 59.62% 2,135 37.08% 190 3.30%
1880 3,340 60.26% 2,158 38.93% 45 0.81%
1876 3,119 58.39% 2,192 41.03% 31 0.58%
1872 2,794 61.80% 1,695 37.49% 32 0.71%
1868 2,886 63.03% 1,693 36.97% 0 0.00%
1864 2,936 64.29% 1,631 35.71% 0 0.00%
1860 3,068 62.64% 1,765 36.04% 65 1.33%
1856 2,635 62.22% 1,572 37.12% 28 0.66%



Communities[]

Map of Medina County, Ohio with municipal and township labels

Cities[]

  • Brunswick (largest city)
  • Medina (county seat)
  • Rittman (part)
  • Wadsworth

Villages[]

  • Chippewa Lake
  • Creston (part)
  • Gloria Glens Park
  • Lodi
  • Seville
  • Spencer
  • Westfield Center

Townships[]

  • Brunswick Hills
  • Chatham
  • Granger
  • Guilford
  • Harrisville
  • Hinckley
  • Homer
  • Lafayette
  • Litchfield
  • Liverpool
  • Medina
  • Montville
  • Sharon
  • Spencer
  • Wadsworth
  • Westfield
  • York

https://web.archive.org/web/20160715023447/http://www.ohiotownships.org/township-websites

Census-designated place[]

  • Valley City

Other unincorporated communities[]

  • Abbeyville
  • Beebetown
  • Bennetts Corners
  • Briarwood Beach
  • Chatham
  • Coddingville
  • Crawford Corners
  • Erhart
  • Friendsville
  • Granger
  • Hinckley
  • Homerville
  • Lester
  • Litchfield
  • Mallet Creek
  • Pawnee
  • Remsen Corners
  • River Styx
  • Sharon Center
  • Weymouth
  • Western Star
  • Windfall

Notable people[]

  • William G. Batchelder, Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives
  • Alice M. Batchelder, Federal Judge
  • Martin and Anna Bates, record holders for tallest Married couple
  • Connor Cook, NFL quarterback, formerly quarterback for the Michigan State Spartans
  • R. Sheldon Duecker, a retired Bishop of the United Methodist Church
  • Jobie Hughes, one of the authors of the Lorien Legacies
  • Mark Hunter, photographer and lead singer of heavy metal band Chimaira
  • Kyle Juszczyk, Baltimore Ravens player
  • Lorin Morgan-Richards, author and illustrator, primarily of children's literature
  • Larry Obhof, attorney and former President of the Ohio Senate
  • Matthew Patrick, popular Internet personality
  • Pete Rademacher, Olympic boxer
  • Amos Root, developed innovative beekeeping techniques in the United States during the mid-19th century

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Medina County, Ohio

References[]

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  2. ^ "How many people live in Medina County, Ohio". Akron Beacon Journal. 2021-08-12. https://data.beaconjournal.com/census/total-population/total-population-change/medina-city-ohio/160-3948790/. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. 
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  8. ^ "Medina County Park District History". Friends of Medina County Parks endowment fund. https://www.medinacountyparks.com/index.php/about/park-district-history. 
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  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. 
  13. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/39/39103.html. 
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  17. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/10_5YR/DP02/0500000US39103. 
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