Northwood, Ohio

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Northwood is a city in Wood County, Ohio, United States. The population was 5,471 at the 2000 census.



Northwood was originally Ross Township. It was the northernmost township in Wood County from its establishment on April 18, 1874 until December 1, 1962. Farms, gardens, orchards, and railroads covered the area located just south of east Toledo. In 1898 Edward Ford's glass factory was built along the Maumee River, which ultimately led to the incorporation of the village of Rossford in 1939 within the western portion of the township. Ross Township was then divided so that Rossford Township would serve as a barrier between Rossford and the remaining Ross Township. On December 1, 1962, Ross Township ceased to exist when it became incorporated as the city of Northwood, so aptly named because of its location at the top of Wood County. With its departure, Wood County dropped its number of townships from 20 to 19.

The original boundary of Ross Township can be observed by following the predominantly straight southern border of Northwood directly west into Rossford, tracing Elm Tree St. in a line directly to the Maumee River, and then along the Lucas County-Wood County border until it hits Ottawa County, and then runs south back to the starting point.[3]


The government consists of an elected Mayor, elected City Council, and appointed City Administrator. City Council consists of seven members, elected to four year terms. Current council members include: Mike Myers, Jim Barton, Connie Hughs, Randy Kozina (Council President), Ed Schimmel, Dean Edwards and Dave Gallaher. The City Mayor is also elected to serve a four year term, and is currently Mark Stoner.


Northwood is located at 41°36′39″N 83°29′57″W / 41.61083°N 83.49917°W / 41.61083; -83.49917 (41.610882, -83.499040)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.4 square miles (21.8 km²), of which, 8.4 square miles (21.8 km²) of it is land and 0.12% is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,471 people, 2,024 households, and 1,493 families residing in the city. The population density was 651.1 people per square mile (251.5/km²). There were 2,121 housing units at an average density of 252.4/sq mi (97.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.99% White, 0.60% African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.99% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.72% from other races, and 1.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.08% of the population.

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