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Chardon, Ohio

Chardon is a village located in Geauga County, Ohio. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 5,156. It got its name from Peter Chardon Brooks, who donated land to build the historic Chardon Square. The square area caught fire and burned down one time in the late 1800s in the devastating Chardon fire. It is the county seat of Geauga County6.


Chardon is known for its annual Maple Festival which celebrates the maple syrup industry in the area. Chardon is home to a part of the Holden Arboretum, the nation's largest arboretum, and has an active performance art community including work done by the Geauga Theater Guild, housed in the renovated Geauga theater building. Local lore includes stories of the melonheads who lived down by the river, the 1995 State Division 2 high school football championship win and a currently award-winning Science Olympiad team.


Chardon is located at 41°34'45" North, 81°12'16" West (41.579182, -81.204440)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 11.9 km² (4.6 mi²). 11.9 km² (4.6 mi²) of it is land and 0.22% is water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 5,156 people, 2,147 households, and 1,344 families residing in the village. The population density is 432.8/km² (1,120.1/mi²). There are 2,271 housing units at an average density of 190.6/km² (493.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the village is 97.77% White, 0.43% African American, 0.02% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. 0.47% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 2,147 households out of which 30.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% are married couples living together, 9.9% have a female householder with no husband present, and 37.4% are non-families. 32.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.35 and the average family size is 3.02.

In the village the population is spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 84.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 79.3 males.

The median income for a household in the village is $46,074, and the median income for a family is $57,845. Males have a median income of $44,071 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the village is $21,845. 3.8% of the population and 1.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 0.6% are under the age of 18 and 7.8% are 65 or older.

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