- Elmore, Ohio
official_name = Elmore, Ohio
settlement_type = Village
mapsize = 250x200px
map_caption = Location of Elmore, Ohio
leader_name = Lowell Krumnow
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 2.2
area_land_km2 = 2.2
area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_total_sq_mi = 0.8
area_land_sq_mi = 0.8
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 1426
population_density_km2 = 662.8
population_density_sq_mi = 1716.6
timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_footnotes = GR|3
elevation_m = 184
elevation_ft = 604
latd = 41 |latm = 28 |lats = 12 |latNS = N
longd = 83 |longm = 17 |longs = 32 |longEW = W
postal_code = 43416
area_code = 419
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 39-25144GR|2
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 1048703GR|3
website = http://www.villageofelmore.com/
Elmore is located at coor dms|41|28|12|N|83|17|32|W|city (41.470067, -83.292115)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²), all of it land.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 1,426 people, 588 households, and 406 families residing in the village. The population densitywas 1,716.6 people per square mile (663.4/km²). There were 606 housing units at an average density of 729.5/sq mi (281.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.48% White, 0.14% African American, 0.28% Native American, 1.47% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.28% of the population.
There were 588 households out of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the village the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 88.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.7 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $40,172, and the median income for a family was $48,550. Males had a median income of $38,958 versus $24,688 for females. The
per capita incomefor the village was $18,786. About 3.5% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.4% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.
Elmore is located in what used to be known as The Black Swamp, a sprawling area of marsh that covered the majority of Ottawa County and was primarily inhabited by local Native American tribes until the 19th century. Settlers during the first half of the 1800s began the long process of draining the land, thus creating a nutrient rich soil which, along with a once thriving railroad, provided the foundation for the village’s early growth and development.
Present-day Elmore is a small community with a business district that has struggled to achieve great success in recent years. The railroad has been gone for many decades, and the village has faced challenges related to its decreased transportation role. However, the increasing ease of modern travel and the construction of a Turnpike interchange in 1997 have created new opportunities for the village. Many locals commute to Toledo or other near-by cities and towns for work while the village promotes itself as a place for others to play. In recent years the presence of several new antique stores has brought some success to the downtown area as a destination and village leaders have attempted to cultivate that image with various measures such as old-fashioned street posts and a re-furbished train depot. In addition, the annual Portage River Festival, various other local events, and a fairly well-known headless motorcycle-riding ghost continue to bring people into the community.
Elmore is also home to a botanical preserve of national standing - Schedel Arboretum and Gardens. A bike and foot path, several parks, a golf course (Sugar Creek), turn of the century cemeteries, Victorian homes, tree-lined streets, and river-front views are cited by those who describe the village.
The Portage River - on the banks of which Harris Township was founded - continues to play an important recreational role in the community and it is not uncommon for locals and visitors alike to be found taking advantage of the river through fishing or other activities. Both Walter Ory Park and Riverbend Park stand along the banks of the river and offer the community additional sources of recreation.
Several churches are active players in the community. One common venture of these congregations is to support the local Elmore Retirement Village.
The local high school, Woodmore, serves Elmore and its neighboring community of Woodville. The junior high and high school campuses are located in Elmore while the elementary school is in Woodville. The school mascot is the Wildcat. Before the two towns joined, Elmore had its own high school and was known as the Harris-Elmore Bulldogs.
The University of Toledo, The Medical University of Ohio, Owens State Community College, Mercy College, and Lourdes College are all within a short commute to Toledo.
Bowling Green State University, Terra Community College, Tiffin University, Heidelberg College, the Erie Islands, and Cedar Point are also a short 25-45 minute drive away.
Points of interest
Schedel Arboretum and Gardens
* [http://www.villageofelmore.com/ Village of Elmore's Website]
* [http://www.city-data.com/city/Elmore-Ohio.html Elmore's Neighborhood Profile]
* [http://www.prairieghosts.com/oh-elmo.html The Headless Motorcycle Man (aka Elmore Rider)]
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