Canal Winchester, Ohio

Canal Winchester, Ohio

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Canal Winchester, Ohio
settlement_type = Village
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map_caption = Location of Canal Winchester, Ohio

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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = Ohio
subdivision_type2 = Counties
subdivision_name2 = Franklin, Fairfield

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leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Michael Ebert
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unit_pref = Imperial
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area_total_km2 = 16.5
area_land_km2 = 16.5
area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_total_sq_mi = 6.4
area_land_sq_mi = 6.4
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0

population_as_of = 2000
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population_total = 4478
population_density_km2 = 271.4
population_density_sq_mi = 702.9

timezone = Eastern (EST)
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timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_footnotes = GR|3
elevation_m = 233
elevation_ft = 764
latd = 39 |latm = 50 |lats = 46 |latNS = N
longd = 82 |longm = 48 |longs = 42 |longEW = W

postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 43110
area_code = 614
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blank_info = 39-11332GR|2
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Canal Winchester is a village in Fairfield and Franklin counties in the U.S. state of Ohio. The population was 4,478 at the 2000 census.


Canal Winchester was founded by in 1828 by Reuben Dove and John Colmen. When the Ohio & Erie canal came through Reuben Dove's wheat field, he wanted to sue the state. The canal workmen convinced him that he would be better off laying out a town since the area was midway between Columbus and Lancaster. On November 4, 1828, Reuben Dove and John Colman recorded the first plat for Winchester, Ohio, in Violet Township, Fairfield County. Dove named the village after his father's hometown of Winchester, Virginia.

Winchester flourished because of agriculture and transportation. The Ohio and Erie Canal brought passengers, freight and a means to transport grain to market. The first canal boat floated through Winchester in 1831. In 1869, the railroad came to Canal Winchester, bringing continued prosperity.

The village became Canal Winchester when the post office was established in 1841 because there were other towns in the state of Ohio with the name Winchester. The village was annexed to Madison Township, Franklin County, in 1851. In May 1866, the Ohio Secretary of State granted incorporation papers for the Village of Canal Winchester.

Highlights of the area include: Historic Downtown Canal Winchester, [ Mid-Ohio Doll and Toy Museum] , [ Barber's Museum and Hall of Fame] , [ Slate Run Vineyard and Winery] , and the many antique shops in the Village and in neighboring Lithopolis. Canal Winchester also has the only standing wooden covered bridge in Franklin County.


Canal Winchester is located at coor dms|39|50|46|N|82|48|42|W|city (39.845977, -82.811675)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 6.4 square miles (16.5 km²).None of the area is covered with water.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 4,478 people, 1,664 households, and 1,264 families residing in the village. The 2004 census estimates that there are now 5,381 people residing in the village, and Canal Winchester may become a city within the next year or two. The population density was 702.9 people per square mile (271.4/km²). There were 1,779 housing units at an average density of 279.2/sq mi (107.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 95.60% White, 2.19% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.51% of the population.

There were 1,664 households out of which 37.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.6% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.0% were non-families. 20.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the village the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 87.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.4 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $55,645, and the median income for a family was $67,833. Males had a median income of $39,123 versus $37,399 for females. The per capita income for the village was $24,394. About 1.2% of families and 2.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


Canal Winchester High School's mascot is the Indians, and their colors are maroon and white. The high school offers many college prep and AP courses. New elementary schools, a new wing of the high school, and a new junior high school have all been built since 2000. In athletics they are best known for their basketball, track, cross country, cheerleading, and volleyball teams, all of which compete at the Division 2 level. In recent years the school has produced two Wendy's High School Heisman State Finalists in Greg Guiler and Andy Rhinehart, an award to the state's best high school student athletes.


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