Ashtabula, Ohio

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Ashtabula, Ohio

Introduction to Ashtabula, Ohio

Ashtabula, Ohio is 31 miles NE of Mentor, Ohio (center to center) and 53 miles NE of Cleveland, Ohio. It is in Ashtabula County. The city is part of the Cleveland - Lorain - Elyria metro area. The population of Ashtabula is 20,962.

Ashtabula History

The present day city of Ashtabula was first settled around 1803. It derived its name from an Indian term meaning "river of many fish". Ashtabula was incorporated in 1891. Before the American Civil War, Ashtabula included a number of stops on the Underground Railroad. These stops were used to help African-American slaves reach Canada in order to gain their freedom. Since the late 19th Century, the harbor of Ashtabula has been a large coal port.

Ashtabula and nearby Attractions

  • Ashtabula Marine Museum
  • Finish American Heritage and Museum
  • Coast Guard Memorial Museum
  • Hubbard House Museum
  • Great Lakes Marine

Things To Do In Ashtabula

You can enjoy the scenic beauty of Lake Erie while staying at Ashtabula. You can also enjoy the views of the long coal ramp draping at the harbor. The Walnut Beach offers a swimming beach, wildlife preserve, picnic tables, basketball and volleyball courts, and a great view of Ashtabula's historic lighthouse. You can also visit the Hubbard House, Marine museums, and the Finish American Heritage and Museum. Shopping can be enjoyed at Lake Avenue Shopping Center, Harbor Plaza Shopping Center, and Ashtabula Plaza Shopping Center.

Ashtabula Transportation

The nearest airport is Youngstown - Warren Regional Airport.

Ashtabula Higher Education

Kent State University - Ashtabula Regional Campus is the local university. Lakeland Community College, Edinboro University Of Pennsylvania, and Youngstown State University are other colleges and universities that offer facilities for higher studies.

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High Points

Ashtabula strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Ohio):

Category Trophy
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Ashtabula Low Property Crime
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Ashtabula Racial Diversity
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Ashtabula Low Violent Crime
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 11% Ashtabula Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Ashtabula, Ohio

Comparing Ashtabula to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Ohio (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 9
Racial Diversity 8 10
Female Share of the Population 8 8
Senior Citizens 6 6
Age of the Population 4 4
Male Share of the Population 3 3
Well-Paid Single Men 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 5 5
Portion of People Married 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 2 1
People Above Poverty 2 1
Median Family Income 2 2
College Educated Adults 2 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 8 9
Walking and Biking to Work 7 9
Short Commute Times 7 8
Working at Home 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 9
People Living Alone 7 8
Affordability of Rents 7 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 8
Housing Recently Built 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 10 10
Low Violent Crime 10 9

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Ashtabula Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 31 miles NE of Mentor, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 53 miles NE of Cleveland, Ohio
County Ashtabula
Standard Zip Codes 44004
P.O. Box Zip Codes 44005
Phone Area Codes 440
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.865
Longitude -80.79

Ashtabula Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 1.2 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 33 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 80 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 39.9 inches
Station DORSET
Distance 14.1 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 32 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 57 to 81 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 43.2 inches
Distance 23.7 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 31 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 80 F
Oct Temp 40 to 60 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches
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Ashtabula Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 20,962 100%
Male 9,820 46.8%
Female 11,142 53.2%
Under 18 5,780 27.6%
18+ 15,182 72.4%
65+ 3,149 15%
Median Age 34.9
Average Family Size 3.03
White 17,753 84.7%
African-American 2,053 9.8%
Asian 84 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 60 0.3%
Other 527 2.5%
Mixed Race 474 2.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,115 5.3%

Estimated Ashtabula Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 20,321
Growth -641
Growth % -3.1%

Ashtabula Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.5%
Italian 16.5%
German 14.6%
US/American 9.2%
English 8.1%
Irish 8.1%
Finnish 4.2%
Polish 3.1%
Hungarian 2.4%
Scottish 1.8%
Swedish 1.6%
Dutch 1.4%
French (except Basque) 1.3%
Scotch-Irish 1%
European 0.7%
Portuguese 0.6%
Slovak 0.6%
Slovene 0.6%
African 0.5%
French Canadian 0.4%
Pennsylvania German 0.3%
Lebanese 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
Norwegian 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
British 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Ashtabula, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

East Ashtabula (44004)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Ashtabula 20,962 $33,454
Conneaut 12,485 $37,955
Geneva 6,595 $41,511
Jefferson 3,572 $46,313
Madison 2,921 $56,761
North Kingsville 2,658 $52,417
Rock Creek 584 $37,917

Ashtabula Public Libraries

Ashtabula Cnty District Library
335 W. 44TH ST.
Ashtabula, Ohio
(440) 997-9341
Library Web Site

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Ashtabula Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(440) 997-2262
Emergency Service: Yes

Wal-mart in Ashtabula

(As of 2006)
3551 North Ridge East
(440) 998-4000
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Ashtabula High Schools (2004)

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401 W 44TH ST
Serves 945 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.7

Serves 753 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

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Historic Ashtabula


Harbor entrance c1900.

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Harbor entrance c1900.

Car dumping machine ca. 1900

Fueling lighter with clam shell hoist ca. 1900

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