On April 3, 1974, approximately half the city was destroyed when an F5 tornado hit during The Super Outbreak, the largest series of tornadoes in history.
Geography\nXenia is located at 39°41'1" North, 83°56'17" West (39.683707, -83.938064)1.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 31.5 km² (12.1 mi²). 31.5 km² (12.1 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.
Demographics\nAs of the census of 2000, there are 24,164 people, 9,378 households, and 6,527 families residing in the city. The population density is 767.9/km² (1,989.3/mi²). There are 9,924 housing units at an average density of 315.4/km² (817.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 83.30% White, 13.51% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 1.98% from two or more races. 1.09% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 9,378 households out of which 34.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% are married couples living together, 15.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% are non-families. 26.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.51 and the average family size is 3.02.
In the city the population is spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 84.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $36,457, and the median income for a family is $43,046. Males have a median income of $34,497 versus $24,094 for females. The per capita income for the city is $16,481. 11.6% of the population and 8.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 14.8% are under the age of 18 and 9.4% are 65 or older.