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Bexley is a city in Franklin Countymarker, Ohiomarker, United Statesmarker. Incorporated as a village in 1908, Bexley is an old tree-lined suburb of Ohio's capital, Columbusmarker, located on the banks of Alum Creekmarker next to Driving Park or Wolfe Park. A college town bisected by the National Road, Bexley resulted from a merger of neighborhoods including the prestigious Bullitt Park, established in 1889, and the Lutheran community centered on Capital Universitymarker and Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Its population was 13,203 at the 2000 census.

Bexley is considered one of the most desirable areas in Greater Columbus with a diverse range of housing options, from family starters to estate-sized mansions, including the Ohio Governor's Mansionmarker, Jeffrey Mansion "Kelveden", and the estate used for the President of The Ohio State Universitymarker. Located in northern Bexley, the Governor’s Mansion — originally built as a private residence in 1925 and given to the state in 1955 — has been home to Ohio governors since 1957.


Image:Bhouse.JPG|A house on a tree-lined streetImage:Bexcup.jpg|Cafe in Bexley


Bexley, Ohio was named at the suggestion of an early resident, Mr. Kilbourne, in honor of his family's roots in Bexley, Englandmarker (London Borough of Bexley). The village of Bexley, Ohio was incorporated in 1908 when prominent citizens of Bullitt Park along Alum Creek, including former Mayor of Columbus and industrialist Hon. Robert H. Jeffrey, agreed to merge with the mostly Lutheran community of Pleasant Ridge located around Christ Lutheran Church and the adjoining Lutheran seminary. Bullitt Park had been founded in 1889, when Logan M. Bullitt of Philadelphia submitted his first plat (1891) for the area. Wealthy citizens of Columbus continued to build urban townhouses and country homes to the east along Broad Street and Town (now Bryden), extending out to Franklin Park. By the 1890s, several large homes took root across Alum Creekmarker in the Bullitt Park area, whose borders include the aforementioned mansions and park, as well as the campus of the Columbus School for Girls, an exclusive private school. Camp Bushnell was overlaid for several months on the unsold lots of Bullitt Park in 1898, centered at Drexel Circle, bringing new utilities to the area, and subsequently, more home building. By 1909, Bullitt Park and the Lutheran community south of Main Street decided to merge neighborhoods and incorporate as the Village of Bexley. Later, with growth, the village of Bexley became the City of Bexley.

Notable residents

Bexley has been the home of many prominent citizens, including recent governors of Ohio Ted Strickland and Senator George Voinovich, Bob Greene (the Chicago columnist who wrote Be True to Your School), children's author R. L. Stine, cartoonist Paul Palnik, and billionaire Leslie Wexner (the wealthiest man in Ohio). For many years Larry Flynt, the creator of Hustler Magazine, also lived in the city. Other former residents include Frank Lesser, a writer for the Comedy Central show The Colbert Report, Nate Beeler, the editorial cartoonist for the Washington Examiner newspapers ( and an internationally syndicated editorial cartoonist on Cagle (, Josh Radnor, an actor in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, Marco Arment, lead developer of Tumblr, and Laurie Lea Schaefer, Miss America 1972. Andrew McMahon of Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin lived in Bexley from elementary school through 8th grade. The residence of the president of the Ohio State Universitymarker is located in the most affluent area of Bexley. The highly regarded Jewish scholar Stephanie Taylor also currently lives in the city. Seth Stammler currently of the New York Redbulls (Major League Soccer) resides in Bexley during his off season.

Local Landmarks

Historic Drexel Theater
an important center for the arts and culture, Bexley is often considered to be one of the most iconic communities in Ohio. Bexley is home to several churches and synagogues, several historic sites and pieces of outdoor sculpture, the famous Rubino's pizzeria, the Drexel art house movie theater[19481], and several miles of National Road Route 40.

Rubino's Pizzeria, mentioned in "Be True to your School," has become famous for barely changing since its opening in the early 50's. Rubino's does not deliver and only accepts cash or checks. The Main Street address is the only location and has always been independently run. Known for its thin crust pizza, carryout pizzas are packaged in paper, rather than cardboard boxes.

Founded in 1981, The Drexel Theater in Bexley is the original in an area chain of independently run theaters. Locations also exist in the Arena Districtmarker and the newly-developed South Campus Gateway. (Due to a dispute between Gateway and Drexel, the theater at the South Campus Gateway is no longer owned by Drexel and is now called the Landmark Gateway Theater).

Bexley is also the site of a number of sculptor Alfred Tibor's work, including at the Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Congregation Agudas Achim, and Saint Charles Preparatory Schoolmarker. Adjoining Bexley is the Franklin Park Conservatory.


Capital University
Bexley boasts several public and private educational institutions including: Bexley City Schools; Columbus School for Girls; Saint Charles Preparatory Schoolmarker; Capital Universitymarker; Trinity Lutheran Seminary; and Bexley Hall seminary. Nearly 100% of students graduating from Bexley City Schools, Columbus School for Girls, and Saint Charles Preparatory School attend college.

Columbus School for Girls is one of the oldest private schools in the city. Founded in 1898, it was originally on the corner of East Town Street and Parsons Avenue, known as Parsons Place. In 1946 it moved to its current location on the corner of Broad St. and Drexel Ave. It is one of the few single sex schools left in the area. Often it partners with St Charles Preparatory School, an all male Catholic school located just inside Bexley's boundaries.

Saint Charles Preparatory School is a four-year college-preparatory school (a type of high school) in Columbus, Ohio. It was founded in 1923 by the Bishop of Columbus, James J. Hartley, as a Roman Catholic college seminary. Today, it is an all-male high school serving the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus. The Cardinals, as they are known, have been soccer, golf, swimming, and track individual state champions. Saint Charles also boasts some of the best academic statistics in the city. In 2008, Saint Charles had the most number of National Merit Semi-Finalists in the Columbus Metro Area per student with 10 (Total enrollment of 621) and 2nd overall only to Upper Arlington with 18 (1851 Total Students).

Bexley High School is well-known as one of the top schools in the state of Ohio. It has been rated as one of the top 5% performing schools in the nation, was ranked in the top 2% of Ohio high schools for the Ohio Proficiency test, and listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the top public high schools in the nation. The Lions, as they are known, have been state champions in boys basketball, boys soccer, girls volleyball, and boys and girls tennis.

Bexley City School District was also the first school district in Ohiomarker to abolish corporal punishment at school in 1986. Today, only 15 school districts statewide use corporal punishment, and they are required by Ohiomarker law to honor all requests of parents who do not wish for corporal punishment to be used.


Bexley, Ohio is located at (39.964564, -82.932649) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.3 km²), all of it land.

The municipalities of Minerva Parkmarker, Bexley, Whitehallmarker, Worthingtonmarker, Upper Arlingtonmarker and Valleyviewmarker are enclaves of Columbusmarker.


As of the census of 2000, there were 13,203 people, 4,705 households, and 3,387 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,398.4 people per square mile (2,080.7/km²). There were 4,974 housing units at an average density of 2,033.8/sq mi (783.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.45% White, 4.48% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.99% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 1.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.92% of the population.

There were 4,705 households out of which 40.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.9% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.0% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 12.5% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $70,200, and the median income for a family was $83,363. Males had a median income of $56,573 versus $39,851 for females. The per capita income for the city was $37,375. About 3.1% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.

Bexley is home to the largest Jewish population in Central Ohio, including an estimated 30% of the population.


The Bexley News is a weekly newspaper for the city, that is published by Suburban News Publications, serving Berwickmarker and Eastmoormarker. Bexley News is also notable for being printed on recycled paper.

See also


  1. Information for Bexley, Ohio

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