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Fremont, Ohio

Fremont is a city in and the county seat of Sandusky County, Ohio, United States. The population was 16,734 at the 2010 census. It was the home of Rutherford B. Hayes, who served as President of the United States from 1877 to 1881. The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center remains one of the focal points of Fremont, OH. The National Arbor Day Foundation designated Fremont as a Tree City USA.



Fremont is located at (41.348909, -83.117123), along the Sandusky River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of , of which, of it is land and of it (2.85%) is water.


2000 Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 17,375 people, 6,856 households, and 4,374 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,313.1 people per square mile (893.3/km ). There were 7,368 housing units at an average density of 980.9 per square mile (378.8/km ). The racial makeup of the city was 82.24% White, 8.29% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 5.85% from other races, and 3.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.32% of the population.

There were 6,856 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 16.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.2% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,051, and the median income for a family was $39,439. Males had a median income of $32,453 versus $22,048 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,014. About 9.8% of families and 12.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.8% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over.

2010 Census[1]

Total population of Fremont, Ohio according to the 2010 Census is 16,734. This does not include surrounding Ballville and Sandusky Townships. More than 80% of Fremont's population identifies as white, while just over 8% identifies as African American. The remaining nearly 11% identifies as either Asian, American Indian and Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, other, or by two or more races. Population by ethnicity is recorded only by Latino or non-Latino. About 16% of Fremont's population identifies as Latino.


Sandusky County Courthouse in Fremont.
Sandusky County Courthouse in Fremont.

  • Mayor - Jim Ellis - Democrat
  • City Safety Service Director - Marc Glotzbecker

City Council

Office Name Party
President of Council Jim Weaver Democrat
Councilman-at-Large Julie Kreilick Republican
Councilman-at-Large Dallas Leake Democrat
Councilman-at-Large Tom Knisely Democrat
1st Ward Councilman Don Nalley Democrat
2nd Ward Councilwoman Bob Marker Democrat
3rd Ward Councilman Angie Ruiz Democrat
4th Ward Councilman Rick Root Republican
Council Clerk Joyce Huntley N/A



  • A Heinz ketchup plant is located in this town and is active.
  • Ed Valenti and Barry Becher, founders of the Rhode Island based direct marketing agency Dial Media, found a set of knives made in Fremont, Ohio by the Douglas Quikut Division of Scott Fetzer. Originally called Eversharp, Valenti and Becher decided that they had to come up with a more alluring name before the product could become a true success and catch on in mainstream media. After some discussion, the pair came up with the Japanese-sounding name Ginsu (Kanji Japanese: , Hiragana: ).

Historic Downtown Fremont

Downtown Fremont is located next to the Sandusky River on Front Street. Front Street is home to many small businesses that include boutiques, gift shops, restaurants, and many other attractions fully listed below. Downtown Fremont, although it has been through many economic ups and downs has been the center point of Fremont, OH for many years. In the past few years there has been a push to revitalize downtown to once again make it the economic, cultural, and social focus point of Fremont.

Downtown businesses and organizations

Downtown Fremont 2012 events

  • May 17-19, 2012: 1st Annual Sandusky County Arts and Music Festival
  • June 16, 2012: Farmer s Market and the Fremont Federal Credit Union Car Show
  • July 21, 2012: Farmer s Market featuring the AEP Ohio Art and Music Fest
  • August 4, 2012: Farmer s Market and the Fremont Athletic Supply Front Street Relay!
  • August 18, 2012: Farmer s Market and the Green Bay Packaging Dog Days of Summer
  • September 15, 2012: Farmer s Market and the Croghan Colonial Bank Service Club Olympics
  • October 6, 2012: Farmer s Market and the Kid s Market
  • October 20, 2012: Farmer s Market and the Memorial Health Care System Scarecrow Contest

Cutlery Capitol of the World


The Rutherford B. Hayes House at Spiegel Grove.
The Rutherford B. Hayes House at Spiegel Grove.

  • Birchard Public Library (former site of Fort Stephenson)
  • H. J. Heinz Company ketchup factory (the world's largest ketchup factory)
  • Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
  • Spiegel Grove
  • Fremont Speedway



Fremont's daily newspaper is The News-Messenger.

WFRO (99.1FM) "Eagle 99" broadcasts from Fremont. The callsign was also at one time used by a now-defunct AM station licensed to Fremont (at 900 kHz).

Fremont's newest source of local news is Sandusky County Live.


Fremont Public Schools enroll 4,450 students in public primary and secondary schools.[3] The district administers 9 public schools including seven elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school, Fremont Ross. In addition, the city is home to one private catholic high school, SJCC, which is part of the Bishop Hoffman Catholic School (Sacred Heart Campus (Pre-3), St. Joseph Campus (4-8), and SJCC (9-12) which consolidated in the 2010-2011 school year {]. Fremont is also home to Terra Community College.

Notable natives and residents

  • Rutherford B. Hayes, President of the United States
  • Bob Brudzinski, National Football League player
  • Mark Coleman, mixed martial artist
  • Paul Dietzel, college football coach
  • Tony Little, television fitness personality
  • Rob Lytle, National Football League player
  • Walter R. Nickel, dermatologist
  • Charles Woodson, National Football League player
  • Jacob Wukie, US Archery Team recurve archer
  • Robert Knepper, actor
  • Matthew Gnepper, video editor


The Norfolk Southern railroad serves the city. It uses parts of two defunct railroads as spurs to factories.

Two long-distance US routes run through Fremont, U.S. Route 6 and U.S. Route 20. State Routes 12, 19, 53 and 412 also pass through or terminate in the Fremont area. None of these routes actually pass through Fremont. Instead, they are all multiplexed on a bypass of the city, most of which is 4 lanes. The bypass has both grade level crossings and controlled access interchanges. Prior to the completion of the bypass in the late 1950's, all of these routes passed through Fremont. Their former alignments are currently signed as "City Route (number)" with the number being that of the predecessor highway.

The Ohio Turnpike, another long-distance east west route, passes approximately 4 miles north of the city. The Turnpike is signed as Interstates 80 and 90. Exit 91 (originally Exit 6) links the Turnpike to Fremont via State Route 53.


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