Marysville, Ohio

Marysville is a city in Union County, Ohio, United States. It is the county seat of Union County. The population was 15,942 at the 2000 census, and the Census Bureau estimated 17,621 in 2006.

Marysville's longtime slogan is "Where the Grass is Greener".


Marysville was founded in 1816 by Samuel W. Cuthbertson, who named the town after his daughter Mary, along the small waterway of Mill Creek. According to Ohio History Central, the town “grew slowly, having 360 residents in 1843” and included “two churches, one private school, one newspaper office, and three stores” by 1846. Over the next forty years, Marysville grew dramatically, having a population of 2,832 residents in 1890, and by 1888 had earned itself the title “the Shaded City” because of its tree-lined streets.

In 2006, Marysville was named one of the best five hometowns in Ohio by Ohio Magazine. The City is building new sewer facilities and a water reservoir which will prepare the community for future growth, as Union county is currently the third fastest growing county in the state of Ohio. Marysville’s "Uptown Area" (downtown) has recently experienced large investment by the public-private partnership group "Uptown Renewal Team" (URT), and over $1,000,000 has recently been invested by various business owners.


Marysville is located at (40.233881, -83.366353).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.6 square miles (40.4 km²), of which, 15.5 square miles (40.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.51%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 15,942 people, 5,563 households, and 3,788 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,026.8 people per square mile (396.3/km²). There were 5,976 housing units at an average density of 384.9/sq mi (148.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.32% White, 6.15% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.97% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.05% of the population.

There were 5,563 households out of which 38.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 38.9% from 25 to 44, 16.8% fom 45 to 64, and 9.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 76.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 67.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $46,765, and the median income for a family was $55,464. Males had a median income of $40,973 versus $27,427 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,127. About 4.0% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.3% of those under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over.


Marysville is the headquarters for Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and is also the location of the first production facilities opened by Honda in the United States, the Marysville Motorcycle Plant (1979) and the Marysville Auto Plant (1982), located about six miles (10 km) northwest of the city. It is also home to Univenture, which manufactures and markets media packaging, a major Nestle research and development facility, and a regional Parker Hannifin (formerly Denison Hydraulics) manufacturing facility. The Marysville Auto Plant has been the leading producer of the Honda Accord since 1982. (production began November 1, 1982) Production of the current generation Acura TL has been based in Marysville since 2003.

Marysville is also the home of Lamborghini Ohio, the United States' largest Lamborghini dealership.

2006 saw the opening of several new businesses east of downtown Marysville, beginning with a Home Depot. Also completed in 2006 were new development for Wal-Mart Supercenter (including a Subway inside), Quiznos, Serta-Direct's America's Mattress, Starbucks, Applebee's, and FirstChoice (a hair styling service).

In 2007, several new businesses opened; including Best Buy, OfficeMax, MC Sports, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cold Stone Creamery, Monarch Pizza.

In 2008, so far: Boston's Gourmet Pizza, Rooster's Wings, Jack's Aquarium and Pets, Asian Cafe Buffet, Conway's BBQ, Walgreen's, The Bank (Delaware County Bank), Empire Buffet Hibachi Grill and Sushi Bar.


Marysville is part of the Marysville Exempted Village Schools district, which according to its web site hosts “over 5000 students consisting of six elementary schools (K-4), one intermediate school (5-6), one middle school (7-8), and one high school (9-12) and employs “over 300 teachers and 200 support staff.” The school district’s mascot is the “Monarch,” usually portrayed by a lion. Both the Middle and High Schools have football, basketball, baseball, softball, track, volleyball, and golf teams, and the High School sports an award winning marching band. They have a really amazing band and drumline! Other student activities include Art and Writing clubs, Student Councils, Swim Team, FFA, “In the Know,” Choir (and Show Choir), among many others.

Besides the Marysville Exempted Village School district, there are other opportunities for education as well. The local church-affiliated St. John’s Lutheran School and Trinity Lutheran School both have curricula for students up through the middle school level, and the LEADS Head Start program is a preschool and childhood development program which, in their own words, “serves income eligible families with children ages three and four, including children with special needs.”

Twin Cities


The Marysville area is host to a wide variety of services, such as:

  • The Union County Airport, which is located in Marysville. It sports a runway, complete air service, including passenger and freight, and can accommodate private and executive aircraft.
  • Nine parks, totaling over , including such features as walking and bike nature trails along Mill Creek, a Frisbee golf course, and a skateboard park.
  • A municipal swimming pool located in American Legion Park.
  • The Union County YMCA, which provides a fully serviced fitness center, an indoor swimming pool, and basketball courts.
  • Memorial Hospital of Union County, a modern 107 bed facility just south of the Uptown area.
  • Its own EMA (Emergency Management Agency)

Marysville is also host to several local festivals and downtown events throughout the year, such as:

  • Festifair (usually in early September)
  • The Union County Fair (late July-early August)
  • The Honda Homecoming (late July)


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