Portage County

Welcome  Portage County Homeowners!

“From its gently rolling pastures, to its industrial parks and city centers, Portage County has something to offer everyone.” Home of Kent State University, there is an interesting mix of rural and urban communities. “Portage County’s growing business base now hosts a range of industry producing an array of products, from toys to lamp bulbs to aircraft components.” (co.portage.oh.us) 


Portage county

State map highlighting Portage CountyFounded: June 7, 1807                         

Area: 492.39 sq mi

Named for: Derived from an Indian portage             

County Seat: Ravenna, Ohio

Portage County Profile (from Ohio.gov)      

Portage County Official Site

Fun Fact: In 1942, the US government chose Windham as the site of an army camp for workers at the newly-built Ravenna Arsenal. As a result, Windham experienced the largest increase in population of any municipality in the United States between the 1940 and 1950 censuses: The population increased from 316 residents to 3,946.

People of note from County: Anne Heche – actress, Eddie Morgan, former Major League Baseball player. Athletes include football players Antonio Gates, Joshua Cribbs, and Jack Lambert; Major League Baseball players Thurman Munson, Rich Rollins, and Andy Sonnanstine; and college football coaches Nick Saban and Lou Holtz. Comedians Drew Carey and Arsenio Hall, actor Michael Keaton, musician Joe Walsh, and additional members of the band Devo attended and spent time at Kent State University. Chris Bangle; automobile designer, David D. Busch; best-selling author, William Rufus Day; U.S. Supreme Court justice, Calvin Hampton; Classical organist, Al Hodge; actor in films such as Captain Video and The Green Hornet and producer of The Lone Ranger radio program, Maynard James Keenan; singer for Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer, Marvin Kent; politician and businessman, namesake for neighboring city of Kent, Peggy King; singer and television personality, Don Nottingham; pro football player, Henry Adoniram Swift; third governor of Minnesota, Erastus B. Tyler; Union general in the American Civil War, Jeffrey Harold West; pro football kicker, Don M. Wilson III; former Chief Risk Officer at JP Morgan Chase Bank 

Major Employers: East Manufacturing Corp, General Electric Co, Kent City Board of Education, Kent State University, McMaster-Carr Supply Co, Ravenna City Bd of Ed, Robinson Memorial Hospital, State of Ohio, Step2 Company

Cities: Aurora, Kent, Ravenna, Streetsboro

Villages: Brady Lake, Garrettsville, Hiram, Mantua, Mogadore, Sugar Bush Knolls, Windham

Townships: Atwater, Brimfield, Charlestown, Deerfield, Edinburg, Franklin, Freedom, Hiram, Mantua, Nelson, Palmyra, Paris, Randolph, Ravenna, Rootstown, Shalersville, Suffield, Windham

Other communities: Diamond, Wayland, Brimfield

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