Savannah, Ohio

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Savannah is a village in Ashland County, Ohio, United States. The population was 372 at the 2000 census.



Savannah is located at 40°57′55″N 82°21′55″W / 40.96528°N 82.36528°W / 40.96528; -82.36528 (40.965249, -82.365168)[3], along the Vermilion River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 372 people, 134 households, and 103 families residing in the village. The population density was 839.1 people per square mile (326.4/km²). There were 147 housing units at an average density of 331.6/sq mi (129.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.46% White, 0.27% African American and 0.27% Native American.

There were 134 households out of which 38.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.7% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.1% were non-families. 18.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the village the population was spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 18.0% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 101.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $35,469, and the median income for a family was $38,182. Males had a median income of $33,333 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,546. About 8.7% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.3% of those under age 18 and 14.7% of those age 65 or over.


Savannah, was laid out in 1818, by John Haney, son of Rev. James Haney, on the latter's land. It was first called Vermillion, but more frequently went by the name of "Haneytown", after its founder. Its first settler was Joseph Fast, a carpenter. The first schoolhouse was a log building, erected on the northeast corner of the town plat. Jacob McLain was the first brickmaker and hatter in the town and township; Garnett Whitelock, the first blacksmith. Some of its first settlers were John Downer, a cabinet-maker; Eliphalet Downer, hatter; William Bryan and Joseph Marshall, blacksmiths, and James Duff, weaver; they all lived in log houses. In 1836 or 1837, the names of town and post office was changed to Savannah; and from this time until 1840 the town was at the zenith of its prosperity; there were three stores, two public houses, and a supply of mechanics, all doing a fair business. It was a leading stopping place between the productive country south and the market on the lake, north. Several efforts were made between the years 1830 and 1840 to erect a new county, with Savannah as the county seat; this failing, the town declined for several years. In 1858, an institution of learning called the "Savannah Male and Female Academy" was started, which seemed to put new life into the town.

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