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Wooster Ohio Population Information, Crime Rates, and History

Wooster is the county seat of Wayne County in Ohio. It is 16.36 square miles in size. The city was established by General Custer and others in 1812 and was named after General David Wooster, who had served in the American Revolutionary War. It was rated as one of the top 10 business friendly micro-cities in 2013.

Wooster Ohio overview

Wooster, Ohio has a population of 26.618 with eleven constituent neighborhoods. The majority population (20.5%) are from those who belong to the age group of 35 to 54. There are 10,843 homes and apartments in Wooster. The median value of homes in the city is $ 160,401, which is average for the state of Ohio and average for the country. Real estate in Wooster is neither too high nor too low as compared to other places in the state.

28.7% of the population are college graduates. The per capita income level is $24,311, which is lower than the national average. The median income level of $41,703 is also lesser than that of the US average. 19.3% of the total population were below the poverty line.

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The major employers in Wooster in terms of industry sector were Manufacturing (17.8%), Education (17.1%), and Healthcare (12.8%). The city has an equal mix of blue and white collar workers. It is a city of professionals, office and sales workers, and service providers.  Most people in the city prefer to use private transport for commuting.

In terms of race and ethnicity, a large majority of the population (88.6%) were Whites. Blacks constituted 3.2% of the population. English is the most common language spoken in Wooster, followed by Spanish. Around 4.1% of the residents of Wooster were born outside the USA.

Wooster Ohio crime statistics

Wooster has a crime index of 11, on a scale of 1-100, where 1 is the most unsafe and 100 the safest. The city is 11% safer than other cities in the US. There were 1,018 crimes committed and the crime rate was 38.24 per 1000 residents. The crime rate in Wooster is 89% higher than many other communities in the state and country.

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A comparison of violent crimes committed in Wooster with Ohio shows that the crime rate of 3.83 per 1000 of Wooster is higher than the Ohio state average of 2.97 per 1000. A citizen has a 1 in 261 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime, which is higher than the state average. The highest cases of violent crime were of assault with a crime rate of 1.80 per 1000, which was less than the US average of 2.49 per 1000.

The property crime rate of Wooster is 34.41 per 1000, which is almost the same as that of the Ohio state average of 24.19 per 1000. You have a 1 in 29 chance of becoming a victim of a property crime in Wooster, which is more than that of the state average. The average rate of thefts was 27.12 per 1000, which was more than the US average of 16.94 per 1000.

The crime per square mile of Wooster area is 62 per square mile, which is double than the Ohio state data of 31 per square mile.


The city has a crime index of 11, which indicates that it is an unsafe place to stay. While the violent crime rates are not so high, property crime rates are quite high. The high property crime rates and the high crime per square mile rate clearly show that the city is not a very safe place to stay.  

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