Mansfield is a city in the United States of Ohio and the county seat of Richland County. The municipality is located in north-central Ohio in the western foothills of the Allegheny Plateau, approximately 80 miles (130 km) southwest of Cleveland and 66 miles (106 km) northeast of Columbus.
It was founded in 1808 on a fork of the Mohican River in a hilly region surrounded by fertile farmlands, and became a manufacturing center owing to its location with numerous railroad lines. After the decline of heavy manufacturing, the city’s industry has since diversified into a service economy, including retailing, education, and healthcare sectors.
The population of the city was 49,346 at the 2000 Census. According to the 2010 Census, which was released on March 9, 2011, Mansfield’s population declined 3.1%, down to 47,821 residents. The US Census 2009 estimates indicate that the Mansfield, OH Metroplitan Statistical Area has a population of 124,490 residents, while the Mansfield-Bucyrus, OH Combined Statistical Area has 167,893 residents.
Mansfield’s official nickname is “The Fun Center of Ohio”. It is the largest city in the “Mid-Ohio” region of the state, the north-central region which is generally considered to extend from Marion, Delaware, Knox, Morrow, Crawford, Ashland and Richland counties in the south, to the Firelands area south of Sandusky in the north. Mansfield is also known as the “Carousel Capital of Ohio,” “Danger City,” and “Racing Capital of Ohio”.
Mansfield was first settled in 1808 and was named for Jared Mansfield, the U.S. Surveyor General who directed its planning. The village of Mansfield was incorporated in 1828, and in 1857 Mansfield was chartered as a city. During the War of 1812, the first courthouse, jail, and church of Richland County was served in one of two blockhouses that were located on the public square until 1816. In 1908, the blockhouse became a symbol of Mansfield’s heritage during its 100th birthday celebration, and in 1929, the blockhouse was relocated to its present location at South Park. The railroads came to the city in 1846, followed by the first road across America, the Lincoln Highway in 1913, smoothing the path for economic growth.
As of the census of 2000, there were 49,346 people, 20,182 households, and 12,028 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,649.8 people per square mile (637.0/km²). There were 22,267 housing units at an average density of 744.6 per square mile (287.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.77% white, 19.65% African America, 0.28% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.56% from other races, and 2.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.23% of the population
There were 20,182 households out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.5% were married couples living together, 15.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.4% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% 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 2.93.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $30,176, and the median income for a family was $37,541. Males had a median income of $30,861 versus $21,951 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,726. About 13.2% of families and 16.3% of the population were below the poverty line including 24.5% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.
Mansfield’s from around the World visit to Mansfield, Ohio, USA in June 2008
To see wonderful photo memories of the Mansfield, Ohio gathering of Mansfield’s from around the World between 21st and 28th June 2008 click here
Mansfield, Ohio’s Bicentennial Quilt Challenge
To watch a short photo montage of the individual pieces that reflect the City of Mansfield, Ohio with contributions from members of the Mansfield, Ohio Sister Cities Association and others from Mansfield’s around the World.
The finished quilt was presented at the 2008 gathering of Mansfield’s in June that year. A truly amazing piece of work. click here