Grove City Ohio Overview and Crime Rate Statistics
A suburb of Columbus, located in Franklin County, Grove City was laid out as part of a State-wide development plan in 1852. The city is renowned for the Grant-Sawyer Home, which is a well-preserved house that was home to Grove City’s very first inhabitants – Hugh Grant Sr and family.
The Grant-Sawyer Home, with two other Ohio landmarks, the Century Village and the Gantz Farm House (Gardens at Gantz Park), have been listed under the United States National Register of Historic Places. They are currently being operated and maintained by the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society, which is dedicated to preserving the history of many cities of Ohio, including Grove City and the Village of Urbancrest.
The current mayor of Grove City is Richard L “Ike” Stage, who has held the office for three consecutive terms.
Grove City Ohio Ethnic background
Grove City, Ohio has a population of 41,495 (2018 Census). Over 28% of the population belong to the 34-54 age group, followed by the under 18 age group (19.2%) and the above 65 age group (13.7%). Almost 95% of the population hold high school degrees, and 30% of this population have college degrees as well. Currently, about 4% of the 18-27 age group are enrolled at a university.
The biggest employment-generating industry in Grove City is healthcare, followed by retail, education, and manufacturing. The median household income in the city stands at $65,277, which is slightly higher than the US median household earnings of $55,322. The unemployment rate stands at about 2.2%, which is less than half the average unemployment rate both in Ohio and the rest of America. Around 7.8% of the population live below the poverty level.
Regarding ethnicity, Grove City is a predominantly white city, with over 91% of the population being White/Caucasian. 3.3% of the population is Black/African-American, 2.2% are mixed race, 1.3% Hispanic and 1.2% Asian. Grove City is one of the few cities in the United States to have 0% Native American, Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native population. Only 2.6% of this population includes foreign-born nationals.
Almost 97% of the population speaks English at home. There are a handful of households where ethnic languages are spoken – predominantly Arabic, Spanish and Indian languages. The majority of the population have German ancestry, followed by Irish, English and Italian.
Grove City Ohio Crime and safety
Grove City is one of the most violent cities of Ohio, having a crime index of 13 out of 100 (with 100 being the safest). Over 3,493 people reported being targeted in crimes in 2018. Property thefts accounted for 1,365 of the cases, followed by theft (1,197), burglary (112), vehicle theft (56), violent crime (47), robbery (24), rape (14), assault (5) and murder (4).
According to a 2018 news report, the State of Ohio ranked the 3rd highest in hate crimes and the city and suburbs of Columbus (Grove City included), were accountable for more than half of the hate crimes in the state. Property vandalism is a common complaint that police in Grove City regularly receive.
There are a total of 51 registered sex offenders in Grove City, as on January 10, 2019. The residents to sex offender ratio stand at 772 to 1, making Grove City better than some of Ohio's other cities on this particular count. Overall, Grove City has a crime rate that is 26% higher than the Ohio average and 27% higher than the US national average.
People are thinking about relocating to Grove City or residents searching for safer neighborhoods, should consider these areas – Harrisburg, Orders Road/Haughn Road, Grove City Country Club, West Grove, City Center, Marlane Driveway/Home Road, La Rosa Driveway/Richard Avenue and Hoover Road/Kingston Avenue. Homes in these localities cost around $197,009. Most of these are three bedroom single family homes built after the 1970s.
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