Cambridge, Ohio

Cambridge, Ohio

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Cambridge, Ohio
settlement_type = City
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map_caption = Location of Cambridge, Ohio

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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = Ohio
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Guernsey

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area_total_km2 = 14.5
area_land_km2 = 14.5
area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_total_sq_mi = 5.6
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population_as_of = 2000
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population_total = 11520
population_density_km2 = 793.5
population_density_sq_mi = 2055.1

timezone = Eastern (EST)
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elevation_footnotes = GR|3
elevation_m = 253
elevation_ft = 830
latd = 40 |latm = 1 |lats = 30 |latNS = N
longd = 81 |longm = 35 |longs = 12 |longEW = W

postal_code_type = ZIP codes
postal_code = 43725, 43750
area_code = 740
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blank_info = 39-10996GR|2
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blank1_info = 1058167GR|3
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Cambridge is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Guernsey CountyGR|6. The municipality is located in southeastern Ohio and is in the Appalachian Plateau of the Appalachian Mountains. At the time of the 2000 census, Cambridge was a city with 11,520 residents. It is the center of the Cambridge Micropolitan Statistical Area (as defined by the United States Census Bureau in 2003). Cambridge is well-known among glass collectors as being the location for the Cambridge Glass, Boyd Glass and Mosser Glass plants. The Cambridge area is also famous for its "S" shaped bridges, some of the first bridges ever constructed in the Northwest Territory. It is located adjacent to the intersection of I-70 and I-77, which the Ohio Department of Transportation proclaimed in 1969 was the world's largest interchange (in terms of land area).


In 1796 Col. Ebenezer Zane received funds to cut a road from Ohio to Kentucky. He responded by naming the first settlements in honor of Cambridge, Maryland. The land on which part of Cambridge stands was granted to Zaccheus Biggs and Zaccheus Beatty by the government in 1801. In 1806 another group of early settlers from the Isle of Guernsey in the English Channel of England pitched camp in Cambridge because the women in the party refused to move on.

Tom Orr is the current Mayor of Cambridge. [5] He replaces former Mayor Sam Salupo, who replaced the opponent of Tommy Orr's, Charles Schaub.


Cambridge is located at coor dms|40|1|30|N|81|35|12|W|city (40.025118, -81.586776)GR|1, along Wills Creek.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.6 square miles (14.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the 2000 censusGR|2, there were 11,520 people, 4,924 households, and 2,954 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,055.1 people per square mile (792.9/km²). There were 5,585 housing units of an average density of 384.4/km² (996.3/sq mi). The racial makeup of the city was 92.84% White, 3.91% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.47% from other races, and 2.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.96% of the population.

Of 4,924 households, 30.5% had children under the age of 18, 39.2% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 35.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.92.

The population of the city was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 85.8 males and every 100 females aged 18 and over, there were 79.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,102, and the median income for a family was $30,780. Males had a median income of $26,368 versus $20,596 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,452. About 18.1% of families and 21.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.5% of those under age 18 and 12.2% of those age 65 or over.


*Salt Fork State Park and Lodge, home of the biggest inland beach in Ohio.
*Salt Fork Lake
*Seneca Lake
*Georgetown Vineyards
*Pritchard-Laughlin Civic Center
*The Wilds, a natural wildlife preserve
*The Living Word, an annual Passion Play
*Ragnarok, the largest Dagorhir event in the country, which occurs in late June at the Spring Valley campground
*Salt Fork Arts and Crafts Festival, Arts festival held annually in the city park around August

Notable natives

*Scott Watkins, a concert pianist
*William Boyd, actor (known for his film portrayal of cowboy hero "Hopalong Cassidy")
* John Glenn, U.S. Senator and astronaut. First American to orbit the earth and oldest man to visit space.
* Debbe Dunning, actress who starred as 'busty and beautiful tool assistant' Heidi Keppert, the Tool Time girl on the ABC Sitcom, "Home Improvement." (Born in Burbank, California, but spent 10 years of her life in Cambridge, Ohio, including her middle school and High School years). Attended Cambridge High School.
* Dom Capers, former defensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers. He was also the first head coach of the NFL Houston Texans and first head coach of the NFL Carolina Panthers
* Doug Donley, former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears
* Tom Eyen, American experimental playwright, lyricist, and theater director, author of "Dreamgirls" for which he won the 1981 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical.
* Jay Payton (Not born in Cambridge, but lived there for some time), current outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles
* William Oxley Thompson, president of the Ohio State University for 26 years.
* Kevin Ritz,(actually born in N.J. according to his major league records but a welcome resident of Cambridge) former pitcher for the MLB Detroit Tigers and Colorado Rockies
* Ryan Flores, United States Postmaster General and newspaperman, born in Cambridge.
* Gene Ford, One of the most energetic Basketball Coaches in Ohio, he led his teams to 440 victories in 31 years as a head coach, the last 25 years as the head coach at Cambridge High School. Gene's teams won: 18 sectional titles, 8 district titles, 5 regional titles and were the State Runner-up in 1994-95. Near the end of his coaching career he was immortalized with a "bobble head" statue in his honor with the proceeds from the sale going to the Scott Bennett Memorial Scholarship Fund for students a Cambridge High School.

Area education

* Cambridge City Schools [ School Website]
* St. Benedict School [ School Website]
* East Muskingum Schools [] [ School Website] ]
* Rolling Hills Schools [ School Website]
* East Guernsey Schools] [ School Website]
* Guernsey-Noble Career Center and Muskingum Perry Career Center
* Ohio University – Eastern
* Ohio University – Zanesville
* Muskingum College
* Zane State College



* "Mayor's Office" webpage

External links

* [ Official website for Cambridge, Ohio]
* [ Official website for Cambridge City Schools]
* [ Cambridge High School official website]
* [ Cambridge Bobcat Football official site]
* [ Cambridge Bobcat Basketball official site]
* [ Reference to 1969 ODOT map]
* [ Official website for local newspaper, The Daily Jeffersonian]

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