Ravenna is a city in Portage County, Ohio, United States. It is located 15 miles east of Akron. It was formed from portions of Ravenna Township in the Connecticut Western Reserve. The population was 11,724 in the 2010 Census and estimated at 11,361 in 2019. It is the county seat of Portage County. Ravenna was founded in 1799, platted in 1808, and is named for the city of Ravenna, Italy. The city is part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area and the larger Cleveland–Akron–Canton Combined Statistical Area.
Downtown Ravenna along Main Street in 2009
Location within Portage County
|• Total||5.68 sq mi (14.71 km2)|
|• Land||5.63 sq mi (14.59 km2)|
|• Water||0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)|
|Elevation||1,132 ft (345 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||2,016.86/sq mi (778.74/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||330, 234|
|GNIS feature ID||1061586|
On 25 May 1853, the Ohio Woman's Rights Association, founded in 1852 in Massillon, held its first statewide meeting in Ravenna. The attendees helped draft a petition to the Ohio General Assembly, requesting legislation that would grant women more rights. In 1905, The A.C. Williams Co. is incorporated here. Through the 1920s, the company was recognized as the largest cast-iron toy manufacturer in the world.
The following highways pass through Ravenna:
Prior to Bica, the mayor of Ravenna was Kevin Poland. Poland replaced long-time mayor Paul Jones who retired and moved to Florida after a scandal investigation regarding his practices as mayor. Ravenna Police Chief Randy McCoy initiated formal investigations by the county prosecutor after learning that the FBI had begun conducting a formal investigation of the former Mayor. The major focus of the city's investigation involved the Mayor's son, Paul Jones Jr., who was paid more than $274,900 over eight years for a questionable mowing contract.
In March, 2007, Jones was sentenced to sixteen months in a federal prison for various fraud charges.
As of the census of 2010, there were 11,724 people, 5,055 households, and 2,860 families living in the city. The population density was 2,082.4 inhabitants per square mile (804.0/km2). There were 5,566 housing units at an average density of 988.6 per square mile (381.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.1% White, 5.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.
There were 5,055 households, of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.8% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.4% were non-families. 35.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.2% 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 2.96.
The median age in the city was 37.9 years. 22.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.6% were from 25 to 44; 26.5% were from 45 to 64; and 14.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 11,771 people, 4,980 households, and 2,997 families living in the city. The population density was 2,199.2 people per square mile (849.5/km2). There were 5,313 housing units at an average density of 992.6 per square mile (383.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.03% White, 4.42% Black, 0.25% American Indian, 0.39% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.91% of the population.
There were 4,980 households, out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.8% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the city the population was spread out, with 23.7% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $35,650, and the median income for a family was $46,090. Males had a median income of $33,574 versus $25,320 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,862. About 6.0% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.9% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.
Elementary and secondary education for students in Ravenna and Ravenna Township is provided by the Ravenna School District, which includes Ravenna High School for grades 9–12 and Brown Middle School for grades 5–8. The district reorganized its elementary buildings for the 2020–21 school year, closing Carlin Elementary and grouping grade levels together. Previously, the district had operated four neighborhood elementary schools each with grades 1–5. Kindergarten students attend West Park Elementary, Willyard Elementary houses the district's 1st and 2nd graders, and West Main Elementary houses grades 3 and 4. The district's preschool program and child care center are located in the former Carlin Elementary School building.
Ravenna is also home to the Maplewood Career Center, a vocational school which serves high school-aged students from ten high schools in Portage and Summit counties and offers adult education programs. The Bio-Med Science Academy, a public STEM school for grades 2–12, has a campus in Ravenna at the former Fortis College location that houses the program's 5th and 6th graders. Grades 2–4 are housed at Bio-Med's Shalersville campus and grades 7–12 are located at the Rootstown campus.
This list of "famous" or "notable" persons has no clear inclusion or exclusion criteria. Please help to define clear inclusion criteria and edit the list to contain only subjects that fit those criteria. (August 2013) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
- Chris Bangle; automobile designer
- Dana Beal; Youth International Party (Yippie movement) figure and marijuana activist
- Wally Bell; MLB umpire
- Bill Bower, last surviving pilot of the Doolittle Raid
- David D. Busch; best-selling author
- Curt Cacioppo, classical pianist born in Ravenna
- Gerald Casale; founding member of the band Devo, was born in Ravenna
- William Rufus Day; U.S. Supreme Court justice
- L. W. de Laurence; pioneering mail order entrepreneur, author and publisher of occult and spiritual topics
- Calvin Hampton; classical organist, raised in Ravenna
- Robert B. "Yank" Heisler; Key Bank chairman, Dean Kent State University College of Business Administration
- Al Hodge; actor in films such as Captain Video and The Green Hornet and producer of The Lone Ranger radio program
- Arthur E. Juve; B. F. Goodrich inventor known for applying elastomer technology in printing
- Maynard James Keenan; singer for Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer
- Marvin Kent; politician and businessman, namesake for neighboring city of Kent
- Peggy King; singer and television personality
- Frederick J. Loudin; Singer and leader of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, inventor and manufacturer
- Don Nottingham; pro football player
- Fela Sowande; Nigerian-born musician and composer who lived in Ravenna while on faculty at Kent State University
- Henry Adoniram Swift; third governor of Minnesota
- Jack Trice; college football player at Iowa State and namesake of the school's football stadium; lived in Ravenna during summer of 1923
- Erastus B. Tyler; Union general in the American Civil War
- Jeff West; pro football kicker
- Don M. Wilson III; former Chief Risk Officer at JP Morgan Chase Bank
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