New Philadelphia, Ohio

New Philadelphia, Ohio
—  City  —
W.High Avenue in downtown New Philadelphia in 2006
Location of New Philadelphia, Ohio
Coordinates: 40°29′22″N 81°26′50″W / 40.48944°N 81.44722°W / 40.48944; -81.44722Coordinates: 40°29′22″N 81°26′50″W / 40.48944°N 81.44722°W / 40.48944; -81.44722
Country United States
State Ohio
County Tuscarawas
 – Mayor Mike Taylor
 – Total 7.9 sq mi (20.6 km2)
 – Land 7.8 sq mi (20.2 km2)
 – Water 0.1 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation[1] 906 ft (276 m)
Population (2000)
 – Total 17,056
 – Density 2,188.0/sq mi (844.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 44663
Area code(s) 330
FIPS code 39-55216[2]
GNIS feature ID 1065105[1]

New Philadelphia is a city in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, United States, 71 miles south of Cleveland on the Tuscarawas River. It was first incorporated in 1808. Coal and clay are found in the vicinity. In the past, mining interests and the manufacturing of steel, canned goods, roofing tile, sewer pipe, bricks, vacuum cleaners, stovepipes, carriages, flour, brooms, and pressed, stamped, and enameled goods occupied the people. In 1900, 6,213 people lived here; in 1910 8,542; in 1920, 10,718; and in 1940, 12,328 people lived here. The population was 17,056 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Tuscarawas County[3].



Reconstructed village of Schoenbrunn

The Moravian Church founded Schoenbrunn ("beautiful spring") in 1772 as a mission to the Delaware Indians. The settlement grew to include sixty dwellings and more than 300 inhabitants who drew up Ohio's first civil code and built its first Christian church and schoolhouse. Problems associated with the American Revolution prompted Schoenbrunn's closing in 1777.[4]

The founder, John Kinsley, returned to Ohio in 1804 with his family and 33 other pioneers, he also hired surveyor John Wells to plat out New Philadelphia in the same grid style as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[citation needed]


New Philadelphia is located at 40°29′22″N 81°26′50″W / 40.48944°N 81.44722°W / 40.48944; -81.44722 (40.489411, -81.447324),[5] along the Tuscarawas River.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.9 square miles (20 km2), of which, 7.8 square miles (20 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (1.76%) is water.


New Philadelphia's design was based on the design of Philadelphia, PA. The two main streets in the city are High Avenue and Broadway, both of which were named after two main streets from Philadelphia, except, in Philadelphia, High Avenue was renamed Market Street in 1858, "the High Street" was the familiar name of the principal street in nearly every English town at the time Philadelphia was founded, and Broad Street is the closest street name in Philadelphia to Broadway. No historical records exist for a road named Broadway in Philadelphia.


The main way to get to Dover is through 4th St NW which is renamed the Boulevard in Dover. The street features 4-lane streets, and medians in between. Right before Dover it opens ups and features a Wendys, McDonalds, Arby's, and Burger King.


The Tuscarawas County Courthouse in New Philadelphia in 2006
Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 1,413
1870 3,143
1880 3,070 −2.3%
1890 4,456 45.1%
1900 6,213 39.4%
1910 8,542 37.5%
1920 10,718 25.5%
1930 12,365 15.4%
1940 12,328 −0.3%
1950 12,948 5.0%
1960 14,241 10.0%
1970 15,184 6.6%
1980 16,921 11.4%
1990 15,698 −7.2%
2000 17,056 8.7%
Est. 2008 17,319 1.5%

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 17,056 people, 7,338 households, and 4,659 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,188.0 people per square mile (844.3/km²). There were 7,796 housing units at an average density of 1,000.1 per square mile (385.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.89% White, 0.97% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.49% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.33% of the population.

There were 7,338 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% 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 2.88.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,235, and the median income for a family was $42,896. Males had a median income of $32,157 versus $20,363 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,745. About 7.7% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.7% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.

Tuscora Park

Tuscora Park in New Philadelphia features a carousel, Ferris wheel, and other rides.

Tuscora Park is a municipal park that features a carousel, Ferris wheel, train and other rides, along with miniature golf and batting cages. Tuscora Park was originally built as a project of the Works Progress Administration; original stone work gates, paths and retaining walls still adorn the park. The park is now the home of the Park Place Teen Center, a facility for high school students that provides entertainment of all types. Events at the park include a Summer Showcase and the annual First Town Days festival.

The Summer Showcase is held in the Tuscora Park Amphitheater. Events at the amphitheater include Sunday church services, plays and concerts featuring local talent. On the last day of the First Town Days festival the park hosts the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight[7], which plays in the amphitheater.

The First Town Days festivals honors New Philadelphia's history as the first European settlement in Ohio. The festival, which includes a Grand Parade and fireworks display, runs on the weekend leading up to the Fourth of July[8].

Around 1940, New Philadelphia purchased the Herschell-Spillman carousel secondhand. It is a rare all-wooden carousel. It includes 36 carved wooden jumping horses, two chariots and 428 individual lights[9]. The center panels are adorned with 14 original oil paintings. Music is provided by a Wurlitzer 153 band calliope. The carousel is 40 feet in diameter and weighs 10 tons. It was manufactured in 1928 by the Spillman Manufacturing Company of North Tonawanda, New York. David Miller is well-known for his 40 years of service on the Tuscora Park Carousel.

The company that manages Tuscora Park is a non-profit, RTY Inc[10]. The organization frequently hires high school and college students to operate rides and sell tickets.

Notable residents


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "OHS - Places - Schoenbrunn Village". Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ DeLorme (1991). Ohio Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-233-1.
  7. ^ "The United States Air Force Band of Flight Concert",PDF, accessed April 15, 2011
  8. ^ First Town Days Homepage
  9. ^ Wise, Derek,"Tuscora Park Turns 100", "The Carousel News", September 21, 2007,accessed April 15, 2011
  10. ^ RTY Inc Official Website

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