Fremont, Ohio

Fremont, Ohio
Fremont, Ohio
—  City  —
Downtown Fremont, Ohio on South Front Street.
Nickname(s): Cutlery Capitol of the World[1]
Location of Fremont, Ohio
Coordinates: 41°20′56″N 83°7′2″W / 41.34889°N 83.11722°W / 41.34889; -83.11722Coordinates: 41°20′56″N 83°7′2″W / 41.34889°N 83.11722°W / 41.34889; -83.11722
Country United States
State Ohio
County Sandusky
 – Mayor Terry Overmyer
 – Total 7.8 sq mi (20.0 km2)
 – Land 7.5 sq mi (19.5 km2)
 – Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Elevation[2] 627 ft (191 m)
Population (2000)
 – Total 17,375
 – Density 2,313.1/sq mi (893.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 43420
Area code(s) 419, 567
FIPS code 39-28826[3]
GNIS feature ID 1040674[2]

Fremont is a city in and the county seat of Sandusky County, Ohio, United States.[4] The population was 17,375 at the 2000 census. Former President of the United States Rutherford B. Hayes lived in the city for a period of time and dedicated a library to the town.[citation needed] Fremont is also the hometown of cosmetic surgery pioneer Cindy Jackson, UFC Legend Mark Coleman, NFL players Charles Woodson, Rob Lytle, and Bob Brudzinski and TV fitness personality Tony Little.[citation needed] The National Arbor Day Foundation designated Fremont as a Tree City USA.[citation needed]



Fremont is located at 41°20′56″N 83°7′2″W / 41.34889°N 83.11722°W / 41.34889; -83.11722 (41.348909, -83.117123)[5], along the Sandusky River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.7 square miles (20 km2), of which, 7.5 square miles (19 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (2.85%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 17,375 people, 6,856 households, and 4,374 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,313.1 people per square mile (893.3/km²). There were 7,368 housing units at an average density of 980.9 per square mile (378.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 82.24% White, 8.29% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 5.85% from other races, and 3.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.32% of the population.

There were 6,856 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 16.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.2% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,051, and the median income for a family was $39,439. Males had a median income of $32,453 versus $22,048 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,014. About 9.8% of families and 12.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.8% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over.


Sandusky County Courthouse in Fremont.
  • Mayor - Terry M. Overmyer - Republican
  • City Safety Service Director - Samuel Derr

City Council

Office Name Party
President of Council O. Duane Simmons Democrat
Councilman-at-Large Mike Koebel Republican
Councilman-at-Large Larry Jackson Democrat
Councilman-at-Large Jim Melle Democrat
1st Ward Councilman Don Nalley Democrat
2nd Ward Councilwoman Bob Marker Democrat
3rd Ward Councilman Jim Weaver Democrat
4th Ward Councilman Rick Root Republican
Council Clerk Linda Swartz N/A



  • A Heinz ketchup plant is located in this town and is active.
  • Ed Valenti and Barry Becher, founders of the Rhode Island based direct marketing agency Dial Media, found a set of knives made in Fremont, Ohio by the Douglas Quikut Division of Scott Fetzer. Originally called Eversharp, Valenti and Becher decided that they had to come up with a more alluring name before the product could become a true success and catch on in mainstream media.[citation needed] After some discussion, the pair came up with the Japanese-sounding name Ginsu (Kanji Japanese: 銀簾, Hiragana: ぎんす).


The Rutherford B. Hayes House at Spiegel Grove.



Fremont's daily newspaper is The News-Messenger.

WFRO (99.1FM) "Eagle 99" broadcasts from Fremont. The callsign was also at one time used by a now-defunct AM station licensed to Fremont (at 900 kHz).


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 1,464
1860 3,510 139.8%
1870 5,455 55.4%
1880 8,440 54.7%
1890 7,141 −15.4%
1900 8,439 18.2%
1910 9,939 17.8%
1920 12,468 25.4%
1930 13,422 7.7%
1940 14,710 9.6%
1950 16,537 12.4%
1960 18,767 13.5%
1970 18,490 −1.5%
1980 17,887 −3.3%
1990 17,648 −1.3%
2000 17,375 −1.5%
Est. 2008 16,655 −4.1%

Fremont Public Schools enroll 4,450 students in public primary and secondary schools.[7] The district administers 9 public schools including seven elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school, Fremont Ross. In addition, the city is home to one private catholic high school, Saint Joseph Central Catholic High School, as well as three catholic elementary schools (Sacred Heart, St. Ann, and St. Joseph), which consolidated in the 2010-2011 school year. Fremont is also home to Terra Community College.


The Norfolk Southern railroad serves the city. It uses parts of two defunct railroads as spurs to factories.

Two long-distance US routes run through Fremont, US 20 and US 6. State Routes 12, 19, 53 and 412 also pass through or terminate in the Fremont area. None of these routes actually pass through Fremont. Instead, they are all multiplexed on a bypass of the city, most of which is 4 lanes. The bypass has both grade level crossings and controlled access interchanges. Prior to the completion of the bypass in the late 1950's, all of these routes passed through Fremont. Their former alignments are currently signed as "City Route (number)" with the number being that of the predecessor highway.

The Ohio Turnpike, another long-distance east west route, passes approximately 4 miles north of the city. The Turnpike is signed as Interstates 80 and 90. Exit 91 (originally Exit 6) links the Turnpike to Fremont via State Route 53.


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