Huron, Ohio

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Huron, Ohio
—  City  —
Aerial Photograph of Huron, Ohio, looking due south
Motto: "A Great Lake Place."
Location of Huron, Ohio
Coordinates: 41°23′59″N 82°33′54″W / 41.39972°N 82.56500°W / 41.39972; -82.56500Coordinates: 41°23′59″N 82°33′54″W / 41.39972°N 82.56500°W / 41.39972; -82.56500
CountryUnited States
StateOhio
CountyErie
Government
 • TypeCouncil-manager
 • City managerAndrew D. White
Area[1]
 • Total7.73 sq mi (20.02 km2)
 • Land4.84 sq mi (12.54 km2)
 • Water2.89 sq mi (7.49 km2)
Elevation[2]584 ft (178 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total7,149
 • Estimate (2011[4])7,118
 • Density1,477.1/sq mi (570.3/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code44839
Area code(s)419 and 567
FIPS code39-37016[5]
GNIS feature ID1056347[2]
Websitehttp://www.cityofhuron.org/
 
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Huron, Ohio
—  City  —
Aerial Photograph of Huron, Ohio, looking due south
Motto: "A Great Lake Place."
Location of Huron, Ohio
Coordinates: 41°23′59″N 82°33′54″W / 41.39972°N 82.56500°W / 41.39972; -82.56500Coordinates: 41°23′59″N 82°33′54″W / 41.39972°N 82.56500°W / 41.39972; -82.56500
CountryUnited States
StateOhio
CountyErie
Government
 • TypeCouncil-manager
 • City managerAndrew D. White
Area[1]
 • Total7.73 sq mi (20.02 km2)
 • Land4.84 sq mi (12.54 km2)
 • Water2.89 sq mi (7.49 km2)
Elevation[2]584 ft (178 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total7,149
 • Estimate (2011[4])7,118
 • Density1,477.1/sq mi (570.3/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code44839
Area code(s)419 and 567
FIPS code39-37016[5]
GNIS feature ID1056347[2]
Websitehttp://www.cityofhuron.org/

Huron is a city in Erie County, Ohio, United States. The population was 7,149 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Sandusky, Ohio Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History and culture [edit]

Huron was at the center of the "Firelands" of the Connecticut Western Reserve, lands offered to residents of Connecticut who had lost property to British raiders during the American Revolutionary War. The first settler in the area that became Huron was a Quebec-born trapper, trader and interpreter named John Baptiste Flemmond, who established a trading post along the east bank of the Huron River in 1792.

Huron Township as well as the village of Huron were incorporated in 1809. Port facilities on the west bank of the Huron River were developed in the 1820s and the town became a major ship building center in the 1830s. The Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad greatly expanded Huron's port on the east bank of the Huron River beginning in 1880. The first cargo of iron ore at the W&LE docks was received May 21, 1884. The port is still in use today, accepting cargoes of iron ore and limestone from lake freighters. Huron was also the home port of several commercial fishing fleets before lake pollution decimated the industry on Lake Erie in the early 1970s.

Commercial and industrial development had historically been centered around the port area. By the early 1960s a busy downtown business district had developed, serving local residents and summer tourists. However, with improvements to U.S. Route 6 and Ohio Route 2 bypassing the downtown area and enabling quicker travel to larger neighboring cities, downtown Huron went into decline. Starting in 1967, the City of Huron embarked on a controversial urban renewal program with funding from the U.S. federal government. The city purchased, in some cases by eminent domain, and demolished 38 commercial buildings and private homes. It then built a municipal marina, called the Huron Boat Basin, as the focal point of a new downtown. While the "Boat Basin" has become a popular community park and gathering place, extensive redevelopment of the downtown area did not occur as envisioned. New industry and commercial development has more recently occurred on the southern and western city limits.

BGSU Firelands, a branch campus of Bowling Green State University, is located just west of the city limits. A separate college of the Bowling Green State University system, BGSU Firelands has been a regional campus of BGSU since 1968. Over 2,000 students in 2006 were enrolled for a wide array of associate, bachelors and graduate degree programs.

Huron is the home of the Huron Playhouse, once a division of the Bowling Green State University Department of Theatre and Film, is now an independent non-profit corporation. It holds plays in the auditorium of McCormick Middle School and is Ohio's oldest continuing summer theatre.

The ConAgra Project [edit]

On July 18, 2006, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) announced the purchase of the ConAgra Foods facility in Huron. Concurrently, ConAgra Foods announced the closure of the grain elevator. The 19.8-acre (80,000 m2) parcel is a key piece of Huron’s waterfront. ODNR's Division of Watercraft has completed a public boating and fishing access site with launch ramps, docks and parking facilities. The City of Huron assumed title to the former grain silos and flour mill and received a grant to demolish the building, which was completed in August, 2012. It envisions a future riverfront development to include restaurants, retail stores, condominiums and greenspace.

On January 8, 2012, much of the former Con-Agra building was demolished by implosion in a public event attracting media attention and a large crowd. The former grain silos were removed by manual demolition.

Geography [edit]

Huron is located at 41°23′59″N 82°33′54″W / 41.39972°N 82.56500°W / 41.39972; -82.56500 (41.399669, -82.564974).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.73 square miles (20.02 km2), of which, 4.84 square miles (12.54 km2) is land and 2.89 square miles (7.49 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics [edit]

The median income for a household in the city was $59,766, and the median income for a family was $73,068. Male full-time, year-round workers had a median income of $51,003 versus $41,667 for female full-time, year-round workers. The per capita income for the city was $29,213. About 2.5% of families and 5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census [edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 7,149 people, 3,073 households, and 1,988 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,477.1 inhabitants per square mile (570.3 /km2). There were 3,710 housing units at an average density of 766.5 per square mile (295.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.4% White, 0.9% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.

There were 3,073 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.3% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.84.

The median age in the city was 43.9 years. 22.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22% were from 25 to 44; 30.2% were from 45 to 64; and 18.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

Sports [edit]

Huron City Schools sports teams are known as the Tigers. The Tigers have recorded numerous athletic successes for both boys and girls. The Tigers won the 2004-2005 Boys Sandusky Bay Conference (SBC) All Sports Award with conference championships in

The Lady Tigers have recorded success in volleyball under coach Don Wood, with ten consecutive SBC championships, including Division III State titles in 1999, 2002 and 2009 and State runner-up in 2001.

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