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Findlay is a city in and the county seat of Hancock Countymarker, Ohiomarker, United Statesmarker. Located in northwestern Ohio, the city lies approximately 50 miles (80 km) south of Toledomarker. The population was 38,967 at the 2000 census. It is home to the University of Findlay. The city's official nickname is "Flag City, USA". Findlay is one of only two cities in Hancock County, along with Fostoriamarker. Findlay is one of the few areas in Northwest Ohio that is still growing. Also Findlay has two railways. There is one CSX line that runs North and South. One NS line that runs Southeast and Southwest.

The Findlay and Hancock Countymarker community was named a winner in the first-ever national competition to identify the 100 Best Communities for Young People in September 2005. The honor was awarded through the America's Promise Alliance. Findlay and Columbusmarker were the only two cities in Ohiomarker to receive the distinction. In 2007, Findlay-Hancock County was once again selected (one of 52 repeat honorees), and joined Toledomarker as the only two cities in Ohio to receive this designation


The city derives its name from a fort erected on its site in 1812 as a local outpost in the War of 1812, which was commenced by Col. James Findlay and named in honor of that officer. The history of Findlay as a village began on the 3rd of July, 1821, when Joseph Vance of Urbanamarker, William Neill of Columbusmarker and Elnathan Cory of New Carlislemarker entered the area and laid out the site. It was incorporated as a city in 1887.

During the 1880s, Findlay was a booming centre of oil and natural Gas production though the supply of petroleum had dwindled by the early 20th century. The completion of I-75 in the sixties added to the growth of Findlay.

On March 31 1892, the only known lynching in the history of Hancock Countymarker occurred when a mob of 1,000 men, many "respectable citizens", broke into the county jail in Findlay. They lynched Mr. Lytle, who had fatally injured his wife and two daughters with a hatchet the day before, by hanging him twice (first from the bridge, then a telegraph pole) and finally shooting his body over a dozen times. The authorities had intended to secretly convey the prisoner to a suburb at 1 o'clock, where a train was to have been taken for Limamarker, but their plans were frustrated by the mob.

In 1908, American songwriter Tell Taylor wrote the standard, "Down by the Old Mill Stream" while fishing along the Blanchard River in Findlay. The song was published in 1910.

For three months in the early 1960s, Findlay had the distinction of being the only community in the world where touch tone telephone service was available. Touch tone service was first introduced in Findlay on November 1, 1960.

2007 flooding

On August 22, 2007, Findlay experienced the second-worst flood in the city's history, when the Blanchard River crested at 18.46 feet (more than 7 feet above flood stage, and just missing the 1913 record level of 18.50 feet) shortly after 4 p.m. No one in Findlay was killed.

This flood gathered a great deal of attention nationally from news agencies including The Associated Press, CNN, USA TODAY, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, and the Washington Post.

On August 27, President Bush declared the scene to be a disaster area.

The flood destroyed a number of homes, and damaged hundreds more as the water rose.

Local schools and businesses (including the county jail, the main branch of the public library and Central Middle School) in the downtown area suffered considerable damage. At Central Middle School, some offices, the school's cafeteria, and many critical servers used for e-mail and student records were completely ruined by the floodwaters.

It was not until the first week of December that the main branch of the Findlay Hancock County Public Library recovered enough to reopen.


Hancock County Courthouse in Findlay

Findlay is located at (41.042843, -83.642216).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.3 square miles (44.8 km2), of which, 17.2 square miles (44.5 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2) of it (0.64%) is water.

The Blanchard River travels through Findlay, flowing east to west.

The Findlay Reservoir No. 2 is the largest above ground reservoir in the state of Ohio, with a capacity of 5 billion gallons of water.

Findlay is considered one of the fastest growing mid-population cities in the country.


As of the census of 2000, there were 38,967 people, 15,905 households, and 10,004 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,266.3 people per square mile (875.2/km2). There were 17,152 housing units at an average density of 997.6/sq mi (385.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.70% White, 1.40% African American, 0.19% Native American, 1.76% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.66% from other races, and 1.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.95% of the population.

There were 15,905 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 11.9% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,883, and the median income for a family was $49,986. Males had a median income of $36,150 versus $23,797 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,328. About 5.9% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.


Findlay is the headquarters of the Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, founded in 1914, which specializes in the manufacturing and marketing of automobile, truck and motorcycle tires, together with other automotive products.

Findlay was also the longtime headquarters of the Marathon Oil Corporation, from 1905 until 1990. Marathon is now based in Houston, Texasmarker, but still maintains operations in Findlay under a newly (as of September 1, 2005) organized subsidiary, the Marathon Petroleum Company.

Findlay also has numerous environmental companies. AE Curbside is the first company to provide curbside recycling and refuse collection. It has been in operation since 2004 and remains in operation today.


The city is home to the University of Findlay, a private liberal arts college. Two other colleges located in Findlay are Owens Community College and Brown Mackie College - Findlay.


Findlay has two airports, Findlay Airportmarker and Priebe Airport.

Findlay was considered as the site of the first diverging diamond interchange in the United Statesmarker. The road junction was planned for the interchange between Interstate 75 and U.S. Highway 224. State officials rejected this plan over the recommendation of city leaders, including mayor Tony Iriti, out of concerns that the unusual road layout could cause numerous accidents.

Annual Activities

  • Boogie on Main - takes place in June
  • Riverside Wine Festival - also in June
  • Findlay's Hot Air Balloon Festival - takes place in middle of August
  • RibOff on Broadway - also in August
  • ArtWalk presented by Findlay Art League in spring and fall


  • The University of Findlay Men's Basketball team became NCAA Division II National Champions for the 2008-2009 season on March 28, 2009 in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • The University of Findlay participates in Division II athletics as a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
  • From 2006-2008 the city was home to the Findlay Freedom, a low level professional ice hockey team
  • Beginning in the Fall of 2008 the Findlay Grrrowl will play Jr. A hockey at The Cube Ice Arena at the Hancock Rec Center. In 2009 the Grrrowl won the Knox Cup beating the Jamestown Jets 2 games to one.
  • The Findlay Rugby Football Club was established in 1972 by Dale Pitney and continues to compete in the Michigan Rugby Union.

Notable natives


Findlay Reservoir No.
2, the largest above-ground reservoir in the state.

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