Delaware, Ohio

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Late 19th-Century facades on Sandusky Street
The City of Delaware is the county seat of Delaware County, OhioTemplate:GR. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 25,246. According to a list compiled by American Demographics Inc., Delaware County was 14th out of 20 areas in the U.S. that were the fastest-growing in the country in 2000.

Delaware is home to the Little Brown Jug, harness racing's most prestigious event for standardbred horses.



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Location of Delaware, Ohio

Delaware is located at 40°17'56" North, 83°4'19" West (40.298898, -83.072007)Template:GR.

The town is located about 24 miles north of Ohio's capital city, Columbus, due north along U.S. Highway 23.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 39.1 km² (15.1 mi²). 38.8 km² (15.0 mi²) of it is land and 0.3 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.66% water.


There is a true economic mix in the area. The economic mix of the country reveals a balance of the following main economic activities: Manufacturing(18%), Trade (27%), Government (15%), and Service (23%) according to statistics published by Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce in 2000.


As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 25,243 people, 9,520 households, and 6,359 families residing in the city. The population density is 649.8/km² (1,682.9/mi²). There are 10,208 housing units at an average density of 262.8/km² (680.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 92.84% White, 3.83% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.84% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.55% from other races, and 1.66% from two or more races. 1.24% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 9,520 households out of which 34.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% are married couples living together, 11.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% are non-families. 26.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.45 and the average family size is 2.98.

In the city the population is spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 14.5% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 32 years. For every 100 females there are 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 87.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $46,030, and the median income for a family is $54,463. Males have a median income of $38,308 versus $28,668 for females. The per capita income for the city is $20,633. 7.3% of the population and 4.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 7.9% of those under the age of 18 and 6.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Law and government

All legislative powers are vested in the City Council. The Council consists of seven members: four of them are elected on a non-partisan basis in three wards and three are elected at large. They are elected for four-year terms. The Council elects a mayor among its members who serves for a term of two years. The mayor preserves his right to be able to vote in the Council. A Vice Mayor is also chosen in the same manner, also for a for a two-year term.

The city manager handles the day by day going ons of the city. They are elected by the city council. The current City Manager is R.Thomas Homan.

Delaware has a 3-member Commissioner Council. The commissioner members are elected every two years.


The part of the Olentangy River now occupied by Delaware hosted a Delaware Native American village prior to the founding of the town in 1808. It was a popular health resort for a time, and Ohio Wesleyan University was founded in 1842 in an old spa hotel (which still stands). President Rutherford B. Hayes was born in Delaware, but only a historical marker remains to commemorate the site of this event. Some industry began to come to the area after World War II, and the town continues to grow at a modest pace. The county is one of the fastest growing in the nation.

Educational Institutions


Mass Transit

Delaware does not have an extensive mass transit system. However, two bus transit systems serve the residents of Delaware. DATA (Delaware Area Transit Agency) is the public transit system that connects the town with Ohio's capital, Columbus. There are also several bus routes from Northern Delaware to major local bus terminals in Columbus that connect DATA to Central Ohio Transit Authority's routes that originate from downtown Columbus.

External links

Template:Mapit-US-cityscale is the official site of the City of Delware.


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