Powell, Ohio

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Powell is a city in Delaware County, Ohio, United States. The population was 6,247 at the 2000 census.

The community was first settled around 1801, two years before Ohio became a state. It was named "Middlebury" at the time, because the first settlers came from the Middlebury, Connecticut area. In 1857, Judge Thomas Powell established the first post office in the community, and the residents decided to adopt his name. Powell was finally incorporated as a municipality in 1947. The population remained small until the late 1980s, when residential development expanding from the northern Columbus metropolitan area reached Powell. In twenty years, the population rose from less than 400 to over 6,000.

In July 2005, CNN Money and Money magazine ranked Powell 18 on its list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the United States.[4]

The general Powell area is usually interpreted to mean not only the incorporated City of Powell, but also the adjoining unincorporated areas of Liberty and Orange townships.



Powell is located at 40°09′30″N 83°04′27″W / 40.158217°N 83.074252°W / 40.158217; -83.074252.[5] The city sits between the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers, about fourteen miles north of the state capital of Columbus, centered on the intersection of State Route 750 and C.R. 9. It sits within Liberty Township, the site of the first settlement in Delaware County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.9 km2), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 6,247 people, 1,975 households, and 1,789 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,057.3 people per square mile (793.4/km2). There were 2,032 housing units at an average density of 669.2/sq mi (258.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.29% White, 1.55% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.92% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.09% of the population.[6]

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