Oak Harbor, Ohio

Oak Harbor, Ohio
Oak Harbor, Ohio
—  Village  —
Water Street runs concurrently with State Routes 105 and 163 in downtown Oak Harbor.
Location of Oak Harbor, Ohio
Coordinates: 41°30′46″N 83°8′48″W / 41.51278°N 83.14667°W / 41.51278; -83.14667Coordinates: 41°30′46″N 83°8′48″W / 41.51278°N 83.14667°W / 41.51278; -83.14667
Country United States
State Ohio
County Ottawa
 – Mayor Fred Conley
 – Total 1.5 sq mi (3.8 km2)
 – Land 1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 – Water 0.1 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation[1] 581 ft (177 m)
Population (2000)
 – Total 2,841
 – Density 2,140.2/sq mi (826.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 43449
Area code(s) 419
FIPS code 39-57582[2]
GNIS feature ID 1065474[1]
Website http://www.oakharbor.oh.us/

Oak Harbor is a village in Ottawa County, Ohio, United States. Oak Harbor is 30 miles east of Toledo. The population was 2,841 at the 2000 census. It is the location of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, one of two nuclear power plants in Ohio.



Oak Harbor is located at 41°30′46″N 83°8′48″W / 41.51278°N 83.14667°W / 41.51278; -83.14667 (41.512773, -83.146578)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), of which, 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (9.52%) is water.

The Portage River runs through Oak Harbor on its way to Lake Erie at Port Clinton, Ohio


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,841 people, 1,162 households, and 788 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,140.2 people per square mile (824.7/km²). There were 1,217 housing units at an average density of 916.8 per square mile (353.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.13% White, 0.07% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.32% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.94% of the population.

There were 1,162 households out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the village the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $45,275, and the median income for a family was $53,458. Males had a median income of $40,144 versus $22,857 for females. The per capita income for the village was $23,809. About 2.3% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those age 65 or over.


Originally named 'Hartford', sawmills and various lumber related industries were started to clear the timbers around the village. River traffic to the mouth of the Portage River, and beyond, moved the products to national and world ports. With the growth of the village, it became necessary to establish a post office. Because there were three other Hartfords in Ohio, the Post Office Department requested a name change. After much discussion, heated debate and research in the Post Office Directory, the name of Oak Harbor was chosen. "Oak" to emphasize the prominence of that wood in the surrounding area, and "Harbor", the importance of the river to the Village. Thus in January 1845, the Hartford Post Office ceased to exist and the Post Office named Oak Harbor came into being. The name of the Village itself was changed from Hartford to Oak Harbor on March 27, 1863. Oak Harbor was incorporated April 17, 1871.

Up until the 1870's, the Portage River was the only way for local businesses to ship their products. The first boat on the river was the "John Marshall", run by Adolphus Kraemer. The scow "Mary Berkhead", was, in pre-Civil War times, the fourth largest on the Great Lakes. It shipped white oak staves from the Charles Roose Stave Factory to Buffalo, New York. Poplar plank were also sent to Buffalo sometime later during the Civil War. Oak went by the Welland Canal to Scotland to be used for ship building. Thousands of cords of wood were sent to Cleveland, Sandusky and the Lake Erie Islands to be used for fuel for the Buffalo/Detroit steamships. A great number of the products from Oak Harbor manufacturing went down the Portage River and on to world ports.


Oak Harbor is home to the annual Apple Festival which occurs in early October. Many apple related events are always scheduled including the "Apple Run" which is a 5 kilometer race on the Sunday of the festival.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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