Painesville, Ohio

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Painesville is a city in Lake County, Ohio, United States, along the Grand River. Its population was 17,503 as of the 2000 Census. It is the county seat of Lake County[3] and the home of Lake Erie College and Morley Library. According to the 2000 Census, the City of Painesville is the fourth largest municipality in Lake County.[4]



Painesville was incorporated in 1832 and named after General Edward Paine (1746–1841), one of the early settlers of the Western Reserve, who settled in the area around 1800 and represented the region in the territorial legislature. Paine had served as a captain in the Connecticut militia during the American Revolutionary War.

When the plat of land was laid in 1805 its original name was Champion after General Henry Champion.[5]


Painesville is located at 41°43′22″N 81°14′59″W / 41.72278°N 81.24972°W / 41.72278; -81.24972 (41.722793, -81.249597)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.7 square miles (17.3 km²), of which, 6.0 square miles (15.5 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) of it (10.61%) is water.

The city of Painesville, along with the villages of Fairport Harbor and Grand River are within the boundaries of Painesville Township.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 17,503 people, 6,525 households, and 4,032 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,928.6 people per square mile (1,130.1/km²). There were 6,933 housing units at an average density of 1,160.0/sq mi (447.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.99% White, 12.93% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 6.50% from other races, and 2.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.89% of the population. 15.2% were of German, 9.7% Irish, 9.4% Italian, 8.3% English and 5.5% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 85.6% spoke English and 13.2% Spanish as their first language.

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