Reynoldsburg City Hall
"The City of Respect"
Location of Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Location in Fairfield, Franklin, and Licking Counties
|Counties||Franklin, Licking, Fairfield|
|• Mayor||Brad McCloud (R)|
|• Total||11.24 sq mi (29.11 km2)|
|• Land||11.16 sq mi (28.90 km2)|
|• Water||0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)|
|Elevation||879 ft (268 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||3,216.2/sq mi (1,241.8/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1061597|
Reynoldsburg is a city in Fairfield, Franklin, and Licking counties in the U.S. state of Ohio. It is a suburban community in the Columbus, Ohio metropolitan area. The population was 35,893 at the 2010 census.
Reynoldsburg was originally called Frenchtown, and under the latter name was platted in 1831 by John French, and named for him. The present name is for John C. Reynolds, a local merchant. A post office called Reynoldsburg was established in 1833, and the name was changed to Reynoldsburg in 1893.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.24 square miles (29.11 km2), of which 11.16 square miles (28.90 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.21 km2) is water. Blacklick Creek flows through Reynoldsburg.
As of the census of 2010, there were 35,893 people, 14,387 households, and 9,550 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,216.2 inhabitants per square mile (1,241.8/km2). There were 15,611 housing units at an average density of 1,398.8 per square mile (540.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 69.7% White or European American, 23.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.3% from other races, and 3.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.4% of the population.
There were 14,387 households of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.8% were married couples living together, 15.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.6% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.06.
The median age in the city was 37.3 years. 26.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.8% were from 25 to 44; 27.3% were from 45 to 64; and 11.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.4% male and 52.6% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 32,069 people, 12,849 households, and 8,801 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,030.0 people per square mile (1,170.3/km²). There were 13,434 housing units at an average density of 1,269.3 per square mile (490.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.01% White, 10.44% African American, 1.07% Native American, 1.69% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.74% from other races, and 1.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.80% of the population.
There were 11,109 households out of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.8% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the city, the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $51,108, and the median income for a family was $60,183. Males had a median income of $40,608 versus $30,448 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,388. About 4.4% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.9% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.
Public services and culture
The city currently has six elementary schools, four middle/junior high schools and two high schools, Reynoldsburg High School. The high school and junior high schools' mascot is Rocky Raider (a pirate) and its colors are purple and gold.
The City Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for 275 acres of parkland including 9 major parks. Established in 1948 the first Franklin County Metro Park opened in Reynoldsburg, Blacklick Woods and Blacklick Woods Golf Course; a 643-acre park with Golf, several multi purpose trails, one of the oldest Beech-maple forest in central Ohio, a winter sledding hill, a Nature Center and the Walter A. Tucker State Nature Preserve located inside Blacklick Woods.
The Reynoldsburg Division of Police, with a total of 70 sworn officers, 21 civilians, and 12 reserve police officers, is located next to City Hall. According to the final 2005 FBI Crime Reports, Reynoldsburg's crime level was better than the national average in almost every major category. David Plesich serves as the current Chief of the Division. Curtis Baker serves as the Division's Deputy Chief. The Division is the only police agency in Ohio in which each of the top two administrators holds a law degree. Chief Plesich is credited with creating a professional police force that has developed a visible presence in community policing and a significant reduction in crime rates.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Ohio Fire Academy and the State Fire Marshal's offices are also located in Reynoldsburg.
Reynoldsburg is known as "The Birthplace of the Tomato", claiming the first commercial variety of tomato was bred there in the 19th century. and the Tomato Festival has been held every year since 1965. Every year there is a Tomato Festival Queen. The Tomato Festival takes place in August.
According to the City's 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||Mast Logistics Services Inc.||3,704|
|2||Reynoldsburg City Schools||981|
|3||State of Ohio||680|
|6||Victoria's Secret Stores||297|
|7||L Brands Service Co LLC||288|
|9||Bath & Body Works LLC||258|
|10||Victoria's Secret Stores LLC||256|
- The rapper Bow Wow attended Hannah J. Ashton Middle School (5th and 6th grades) and Baldwin Road Junior High (7th grade)
- Former St. Louis Cardinals manager and three-time MLB Golden Glove winner Mike Matheny was raised in Reynoldsburg
- Eric Fryer, catcher for St. Louis Cardinals
- Le'Veon Bell, football player for Michigan State and New York Jets
- Aman Ali, Muslim American comedian and storyteller
- Calvin Booth, professional basketball player
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