Cities in Ohio

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This page contains a list of cities in Ohio, and other information about local governments.

Ohio allows municipal charter cities and counties. There are 88 total counties in Ohio. Of those 88:[1]

There are 936 total municipalities in Ohio. Of those 936, 702 of them are General law municipalities while the remaining 234 are Charter/Home rule cities.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in Ohio consists of:

  • Counties: There are 88 counties in Ohio. Two counties, Summit and Cuyahoga, operate under charters.[2]
  • Municipalities: There are 938 municipalities in Ohio. Municipalities with fewer than 5,000 residents are considered villages. Those with 5,000 or more residents are considered cities. There are 251 cities--188 operate under a charter. There are 687 villages--75 operate under a charter.[3][4]
  • Townships: There are 1,308 townships in Ohio. Each of Ohio's counties is subdivided into townships.[5]
  • In addition, there are 700 special districts and 668 independent school districts.[6]

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Ohio
  • All 66 General law cities have a mandated initiative process for ordinances.
  • All 636 General law villages have a mandated initiative process for ordinances.
  • All 183 Charter cities have a mandated initiative process for charter amendments.
  • All 51 Charter villages have a mandated initiative process for charter amendments.
  • All 86 General law counties do not have general initiative or referendum processes though Title V of the Ohio Revised Code specifies limited cases.
  • All 2 Charter counties have a mandated initiative process for charter amendments.[7]

10 most populated cities

List of Most Populated Cities in Ohio
City[8] Population City Type Next election
Columbus 797,434 Charter 11/5/2013
Cleveland 393,806 Charter 11/5/2013
Cincinnati 296,223 Charter 11/5/2013
Toledo 286,038 Charter 5/7/2013
Akron 198,402 Charter 11/5/2013
Dayton 142,148 Charter 11/5/2013
Parma 80,968 General law 11/5/2013
Canton 72,919 General law 11/5/2013
Youngstown 66,571 Charter 11/5/2013
Lorain 64,152 General law 11/5/2013

Full list of cities

See also: List of Ohio cities
A guide to local ballot initiatives
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As of the 2010 Census, there were 936 incorporated cities and towns in Ohio. A full list of cities in Ohio is available here.

See also