Kettering, Ohio

Kettering, Ohio

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Kettering, Ohio
settlement_type = City
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image_caption = Aerial view, centered on Kettering Fairmont High School


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map_caption = Location of Kettering, Ohio

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map_caption1 = Location within Montgomery County, Ohio

subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = Ohio
subdivision_type2 = Counties
subdivision_name2 = Montgomery, Greene

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area_total_km2 = 48.4
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area_total_sq_mi = 18.7
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population_as_of = 2000
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population_total = 57502
population_density_km2 = 1188.2
population_density_sq_mi = 3077.4

timezone = Eastern (EST)
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elevation_m = 307
elevation_ft = 1007
latd = 39 |latm = 41 |lats = 50 |latNS = N
longd = 84 |longm = 9 |longs = 8 |longEW = W

postal_code_type = ZIP codes
postal_code = 45409, 45419, 45420, 45429, 45430, 45432, 45439, 45440, 45459
area_code = 937
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blank_info = 39-40040GR|2
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Kettering is a city in Greene and Montgomery Counties in the U.S. state of Ohio. It is a suburb of nearby Dayton. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 57,502. It's the largest suburb in the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city incorporated in 1955 from the former Van Buren Township and is named for inventor Charles F. Kettering, who resided here in his home, Ridgeleigh Terrace, from 1914 until his death in 1958.


Kettering is located at coor dms|39|41|50|N|84|9|8|W|city (39.697326, -84.152314)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.7 square miles (48.4 km²).None of the area is covered with water.

Although the city is located in both Greene and Montgomery counties, only a very small part of the city lies in Greene County. [ [ Census Tracts Map] , City of Kettering. Accessed 20 May 2007.] The city is bordered by Dayton, Riverside, and Oakwood to the north; West Carrollton and Moraine to the west; Centerville and Washington Township to the south; and Beavercreek and Sugarcreek Township to the east.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 57,502 people, 25,657 households, and 15,727 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,077.4 people per square mile (1,187.9/km²). There were 26,936 housing units at an average density of 1,441.6/sq mi (556.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.23% White, 1.66% African American, 0.18% Native American, 1.38% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.11% of the population.

There were 25,657 households out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 9.5% have a single female householder, and 38.7% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $45,051, and the median income for a family was $55,849. Males had a median income of $41,558 versus $28,921 for females. The per capita income for the city was $27,009. About 3.2% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.3% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.


The earliest resident, John Patterson, was a farmer who settled there in 1798. In 1841, Van Buren Township was formed as the area grew. The township was renamed in 1952 as the Village of Kettering, named in honor of Charles F. Kettering, the inventor of the automobile self-starter. On June 24, 1955, Kettering gained city status with a home rule charter.

The population grew from 38,000 residents in 1955 to over 69,000 residents by 1970. However a general decline in the Dayton Metro area also had an impact on Kettering. From 1970 to 1980, the population shrank more than 12%. The decline continued through the 2000 census when population fell below 60,000 residents for the first time since the 1960s.

In addition to job losses in that period at various General Motors facilities in the region in the 1980s, the city was stung by the decision of the Base Closure and Realignment Commission to shutter Gentile Air Station, known locally as the Defense Electronics Supply Center (DESC). Despite a successful re-use of the base as a business park, a number of businesses nearby closed due to a loss of retail traffic. []


While Kettering is a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, the city hosts major employers in its own right. The city's five largest employers are:
*Kettering Medical Center - a large hospital affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church
*Delphi Corporation - A major auto parts supplier, currently in Chapter 11 bankruptcy
*Reynolds and Reynolds
*GE Money - A division of General Electric.
*Intimate Brands - dba Victoria's Secret Direct

The Berry Company, now a subsidiary of Bellsouth, is one of the largest publishers of Yellow Pages directories and maintains its division headquarters in Kettering.

General Motors Moraine Assembly and Wright Patterson Air Force Base are also major employers of Kettering's residents.


The city utilizes a council-manager form of government. Seven council representatives are elected for four-year terms on a non-partisan basis, one from each of the four districts and two at-large, plus the mayor. The current Mayor is Don Patterson and the current City Manager is Mark Schwieterman.

City Services

The Kettering Fire Department is responsible for fire protection in the city. The department has a total of seven stations and is staffed by 52 career and 102 volunteer firefighters.

Police protection is provided by the Kettering Police Department which comprises 83 sworn officers. The police department is the only agency of its size with a dual accreditation from both the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections. []


The Kettering City School District includes Kettering Fairmont High School, two middle schools (Van Buren and Kettering), and 9 elementary schools (Beavertown, Greenmont, Indian Riffle, J.E. Prass, J.F. Kennedy, Moraine Meadows, Oakview, Orchard Park, and Southdale).

Kettering is also home to several private schools- Alexandria Montessori School, Archbishop Alter High School, Ascension School, Emmanuel Christian Academy, St Albert The Great School, and St. Charles Borromeo School.

The Kettering College of Medical Arts offers two-year and four-year degrees in several disciplines including nursing.

The school of advertising art offers two-year degrees in graphic design.


Kettering has 20 parks totaling 284 acres and is home to the Fraze Pavilion, a major outdoor entertainment venue that also hosts the summer concerts of the Dayton Philharmonic.

The new James S. Trent Arena, with seating for 3,300 for concerts and commencements and 3,650 for championship sporting events is on the campus of Fairmont High School.

Skate Plaza, a 40,000 square foot skateboard park that opened in 2005, was a collaboration between the City of Kettering and Rob Dyrdek, professional skateboarder who grew up in Kettering.

Rosewood Arts Center, formerly an elementary school, now hosts 100,000 visitors a year with art classes, exhibitions, an art gallery and the Art on the Commons festival.

Notable natives

*Tony P. Hall, Former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
*Nancy Cartwright, voice of Bart on The Simpsons.
*John Paxson - Former NBA player and current general manager of the Chicago Bulls.
*Jim Paxson - Former NBA player and former general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
*Rob Dyrdek - professional skateboarder and star of the MTV show Rob & Big.
*Chris Rolfe - professional soccer player currently playing for Chicago Fire
*Brooklyn Decker - Sports Illustrated model

*Ted Rall - editorial cartoonist and columnist
*Michael P. Fay - American teenager whose caning in Singapore caused an outcry in the United States.
*Scott Leo - Voice of the Washington Nationals' Triple-A Baseball team Columbus Clippers.
*Kyle Kramer - Former NFL Defensive Back of the Cleveland Browns
*Sherri Saum - American Daytime Emmy nominated actress
*Gary Sandy - Professional actor; star of 1970s CBS television comedy series WKRP in Cincinnati

ister cities

Kettering has two sister cities, as designated by the [ Sister Cities International] :


External links

* [ City of Kettering Web Site]
* [ James S. Trent Arena]
* [ Skate Plaza, Kettering, Ohio]

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