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Ravenna is a city in Portage Countymarker, Ohiomarker, United Statesmarker. It was formed from portions of Ravenna Townshipmarker in the Connecticut Western Reserve. The population was 11,771 at the 2000 census and 11,422 at the 2006 estimate. It is the county seat of Portage Countymarker . It is named for the city of Ravennamarker, Italymarker.

Ravenna is part of the Akronmarker Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Ravenna is located at (41.158656, -81.243274) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.4 square miles (13.9 km²), of which, 5.3 square miles (13.9 km²) of it is land and 0.19% is water.

The following highways pass through Ravenna:

Ravenna is located south of Interstate 80/Ohio Turnpike exit 193, and north of Interstate 76 exit 38.

 State Route 5 passes Ravenna on the southeast but does not enter its city limits. Prior to 1969, SR 5 did pass through the city. That section is now known as SR 59.


As of the census of 2000, there were 11,771 people, 4,980 households, and 2,997 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,199.2 people per square mile (849.5/km²). There were 5,313 housing units at an average density of 992.6/sq mi (383.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.03% White, 4.42% Black, 0.25% American Indian, 0.39% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.91% of the population.

There were 4,980 households out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.8% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,650, and the median income for a family was $46,090. Males had a median income of $33,574 versus $25,320 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,862. About 6.0% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.9% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.


Elementary and secondary education for students in Ravenna and Ravenna Townshipmarker is provided by the Ravenna School District, which includes: Ravenna High School, Brown Middle School, Carlin Elementary, Willyard Elementary, Tappan Elementary, West Park Elementary, and West Main Elementary. Just north of the city limits in Ravenna Township is the Maplewood Career Center, a vocational school which serves high school-aged students from nine of Portage Countymarker's eleven high schools, including Ravenna, and offers adult education programs as well.

Higher education

Bohecker College, a small two-year professional school, is located in north Ravenna, near SR 14. Ravenna is located just east of the main campus of Kent State Universitymarker in neighboring Kentmarker and just north of the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacymarker in Rootstownmarker. In addition, the city is within 25 miles of Hiram Collegemarker in Hirammarker, the University of Akronmarker in Akronmarker and Mount Union Collegemarker in Alliancemarker

Famous natives and residents


As of January 3, 2006 the mayor of Ravenna is Kevin Poland. Poland replaced long-time mayor Paul Jones who retired and moved to Florida after a scandal investigation regarding his practices as mayor. Ravenna Police Chief Randy McCoy initiated formal investigations by the county prosecutor after learning that the FBI had begun conducting a formal investigation of the former Mayor. The major focus of the city's investigation involved the Mayor's son, Paul Jones Jr., who was paid more than $274,900 over eight years for a questionable mowing contract.

In March, 2007, Jones was sentenced to sixteen months in a federal prison for various fraud charges.

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