"The Courtesy City"
Location of Willoughby, Ohio
Location of Willoughby in Lake County
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|• Mayor||Robert Fiala|
|• Total||10.34 sq mi (26.78 km2)|
|• Land||10.25 sq mi (26.55 km2)|
|• Water||0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)|
|Elevation||659 ft (201 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||2,241.88/sq mi (865.56/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1061788|
Willoughby's first permanent settler was David Abbott in 1798, who operated a gristmill. Abbott and his family were said to have had close relations with a band of Indians along the banks of the local river, which the Indians called the "Sha-ga-rin" meaning "Clear Water." This river was later called the Chagrin River, though the origin of the name remains in dispute.
In 1835, the village was permanently named "Willoughby" in honor of Dr. Westel Willoughby, Jr., a public health official that the founders of a short-lived Medical College, which was based in the city, hoped to attract to the area. Many historical buildings from this period survive to this date, affording the downtown Willoughby area some outstanding specimens of 19th century architecture.
Over time, Willoughby sent citizens into every major U.S. military conflict. Several memorials and historical relics are displayed in Wes Point Park, the center of downtown Willoughby, to honor those that have served.
Willoughby is the only town in America that has belonged, at one time or other, to six counties (Washington, Jefferson, Trumbull, Geauga, Cuyahoga, and Lake).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.34 square miles (26.78 km2), of which 10.25 square miles (26.55 km2) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) is water.
At the 2010 census there were 22,268 people in 10,413 households, including 5,716 families, in the city. The population density was 2,172.5 inhabitants per square mile (838.8/km2). There were 11,387 housing units at an average density of 1,110.9 per square mile (428.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.6% White, 3.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.5% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3%.
Of the 10,413 households 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.1% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 45.1% were non-families. 38.4% of households were one person and 16.2% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.83.
The median age was 43.6 years. 19.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.2% were from 25 to 44; 29.1% were from 45 to 64; and 19.1% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.
At the 2000 census there were 22,621 people in 10,265 households, including 5,892 families, in the city. The population density was 2,225.3 people per square mile (858.8/km2). There were 10,700 housing units at an average density of 1,052.6 per square mile (406.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.47% White, 1.14% African American, 0.17% Native American, 1.15% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71%. 19.0% were of German, 15.8% Italian, 13.3% Irish, 8.2% English, 5.6% Polish, 5.6% American and 5.4% Slovene ancestry according to Census 2000.
Of the 10,265 households 25.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.8% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.6% were non-families. 36.6% of households were one person and 13.9% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.87.
The age distribution was 21.1% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% 65 or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.9 males.
The median household income was $43,387 and the median family income was $53,677. Males had a median income of $38,711 versus $30,553 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,653. About 4.3% of families and 5.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.4% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.
Two public high schools are located in Willoughby: Willoughby South High School and Willoughby-Eastlake Technical Center, both of which are a part of the Willoughby-Eastlake School District. Students in the ninth through twelfth grades are enrolled at Willoughby South High School, which opened its doors at its present location in 2019. Previously, Willoughby South High School and current rival Eastlake North High were housed in the same building called Union High, but following the division, the then-abandoned Union High became the location of Willoughby Junior High School until 1972. It then housed the Willoughby-Eastlake Technical Center, located in downtown Willoughby. In 2011, the proposed Five-Year Facilities Plan would add 2 new buildings to the district, a new Longfellow Elementary, a new Eastlake North High School, renovate Willoughby South High School, add a new school to the building as well as move Willoughby Middle School to the previous building. Construction for these buildings began in Fall 2016 and ended Fall 2019. The demolition of the old Willoughby Middle, Longfellow Elementary, and North High School began and ended Summer 2019.
The Andrews Osborne Academy is also located in Willoughby.
According to the city's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city were:
|#||Employer||# of employees|
|2||Willoughby-Eastlake City School District||458|
|3||Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services||450|
|4||Momentive Performance Materials||377|
|5||Marous Brothers Construction||263|
|6||City of Willoughby||237|
News and mediaEdit
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The News-Herald, a Lake County newspaper, has been headquartered in Willoughby since its inception.
Willoughby Today is an online news website founded in August 2010 for Willoughby.
Lake County Gazette (Gazette Newspapers Inc.) also features Willoughby news in print and online.
WINT 1330AM is licensed to Willoughby and serves the surrounding area.
- Tim Conway, actor
- Ethan Carter III, professional wrestler
- Greg Harbaugh, NASA
- Kareem Hunt, professional football player
- Katie McGregor, athlete
- Ricky Stanzi, professional football player
- Lyn St. James, auto racer
- Betty Thomas, actress, director, writer
- Elizabeth Augustus Whitehead, archaeologist and philanthropist
- D. Allen Crowley, writer, academic
- Dr. John D. Nelson, DDS, local dentist in the early 1900's
- Michael Baumiller, international man of mystery
- Pamela J. Phillips, NCAA Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
- Richard Farroni, drag racer, Farroni Brothers Racing
- Frank Farroni, drag racer, Farroni Brothers Racing
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