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Westerville Ohio Population Information, Arrest Statistics, and History

Westerville is a city in the Delaware and Franklin counties of Ohio. It is 12.61 square miles in size. It was once known as the dry capital of the world for its strict enforcement of prohibition laws. It named after the Westervelts who were the initial settlers who came here in 1818. It was incorporated in 1858. After several years of prohibition, it was only in 2006 that beer was first sold here.

Westerville Ohio overview

Westerville, Ohio has a population of 39,737 with twelve neighborhoods. The majority population (26%) are from those in the age group of 35 to 54. There are 14,538 homes and apartments in Westerville. The median value of homes in the city is $ 255,299, which is very high for the state of Ohio and high for the country. Real estate in Westerville is quite high compared to other places in the state.

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A significant 52.5% of the population are college graduates. The per capita income level is $38,779, which is higher than the national average. The median income level of $85,230 is also higher than that of the US average. 6.5% of the total population were below the poverty line.

The major employers in Westerville regarding industry sector were Education (13.9%), Finance (13.7%), and Healthcare (11.5%). The city has 90% white collar workers. It is a city of management professionals, office workers, and sales professionals.  Most people in the city prefer to use public transport for commuting.


Concerning race and ethnicity, a large majority of the population (84.7%) were Whites. Blacks constituted 7.3% of the population. English is the most common language in Westerville, followed by Spanish. Around 5.2% of the residents of Westerville were born outside the USA.

Westerville Ohio crime statistics

Westerville has a crime index of 23, on a scale of 1-100, where one is the most unsafe and 100 the safest. The city is 23% safer than other cities in the US. There were 1,013 crimes committed, and the crime rate was 25.49 per 1000 residents. The crime rate in Westerville is high compared to many other communities in the state and country.

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A comparison of violent crimes committed in Westerville with Ohio shows that the crime rate of 1.11 per 1000 of Westerville is lesser than the Ohio state average of 2.97 per 1000. A citizen has a 1 in 903 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime, which is lesser than the state average. The highest cases of violent crime were of assault and robbery with a crime rate of 0.40 per 1000 each, which was less than the US average of 2.49 and 0.98 per 1000 respectively.

The property crime rate of Westerville is 24.39 per 1000, which is almost the same as the Ohio state average of 24.19 per 1000. You have a 1 in 51 chance of becoming a victim of a property crime in Westerville, which is the same as that of the state average. The average rate of thefts was 21.99 per 1000, which was more than the US average of 16.94 per 1000.

The crime per square mile of Westerville area is 80 per square mile, which is very high compared to the Ohio state data of 31 per square mile.


The city has a crime index of 23, which indicates that it is not such a safe place to stay. While the violent crime rates are not extremely high, property crime rates are quite high. The high property crime rates and the high crime per square mile rate are an indication that the city is not such a safe place to stay.  

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