Newcomerstown, Ohio

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Newcomerstown is a village in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, United States, 85 miles (137 km) east-northeast of Columbus. In the late 1770s, this was the largest Lenape village on the Tuscarawas River, with 700 residents. Chief Newcomer (Netawatwes) was the leader of the western Lenape here, and they called the village Gekelmukpechunk. Early European-American traders and settlers named the village Newcomerstown after the chief. Soon after the start of the American Revolutionary War, the Lenape moved west to Coshocton, Ohio.[3]

In 1900, 2,659 people lived in Newcomerstown; in 1910, 2,943. The population was 4,008 at the 2000 census.



Newcomerstown is located at 40°16′28″N 81°36′9″W / 40.27444°N 81.6025°W / 40.27444; -81.6025 (40.274350, -81.602482),[4] along the Tuscarawas River.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.6 km²), of which, 2.5 square miles (6.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (2.36%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,008 people, 1,654 households, and 1,063 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,619.7 people per square mile (626.5/km²). There were 1,817 housing units at an average density of 734.3/sq mi (284.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 95.83% White, 2.57% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.72% of the population.

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