The city of Findlay is located along Interstate 75 in northwest Ohio and is the county seat of Hancock County. It is 47 miles south of Toledo, 108 miles north of Dayton, 98 miles northwest of Columbus and 137 miles west of Akron. For those considering Findlay apartments for rent, the municipality is accessible by several freeways - including US-224 and State Routes 12, 15, 37 and 568 - and is within a day's drive of most of the East Coast.
Jean Jacques Blanchard, the earliest known settler of Hancock County, came to the area in 1769, although Findlay was not founded until the War of 1812. It was named after Colonel James Findlay, who commanded a regiment under General William Hull.
The municipality's population spiked in 1886 when gas and oil were discovered in the area. This resulted in the city's population skyrocketing fourfold virtually overnight and laid the foundation for further growth.
Findlay resident John B. Cooke was responsible for the city's designation as Flag City, USA. In the 1960s, Cooke, a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, spearheaded an initiative for every house in Findlay to fly the Stars and Stripes on Flag Day. Cooke organized the distribution of 14,000 flags in time for June 14, 1968. Findlay was officially declared Flag City, USA, in 1974.
U.S. Census Bureau statistics indicate that Findlay was home to more than 41,000 people in 2010. The city encompassed 19.13 square miles of land in 2010.
The Findlay City Schools district serves nearly 6,000 students. It is comprised of nine elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school, as well as an online high school and a career and technology center. There are also a few private institutions in the area, including St. Michael Catholic School and Faith Academy of Findlay.
The city is home to several colleges and universities, including the University of Findlay, Brown Mackie College-Findlay and the Winebrenner Theological Seminary. The University of Findlay is attended by more than 4,600 students and its most popular programs include business, education, health sciences and equestrian studies. Toledo-based Owens Community College also has a Findlay campus. There are a number of major institutes of further education located a short drive from Findlay, such as Bowling Green State University, Ohio State University and the University of Toledo.
In terms of industry, Findlay serves as the headquarters for several Fortune 500 companies, including Marathon Petroleum Company and Cooper Tire and Rubber Company. The area's largest manufacturer, Whirlpool Corporation, employs more than 2,000 people. Hancock County's industrial parks also house a number of foreign enterprises and distribution centers.
City-data.com's March 2010 cost of living index places the cost of living in Findlay at 81.2, significantly lower than the national average of 100. The median gross rent of apartments in Findlay is $659, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Findlay is known for its Historic Downtown, which boasts an array of restaurants, boutiques and live entertainment venues. Two well-known downtown landmarks are the Swan House Tea Room, which serves baked goods and a variety of blended teas in a Victorian atmosphere, and the 12-lane Ali's Bowling Alley.
Golfers can head to the Red Hawk Run Golf Course, while The Cube and Marathon Diamonds are the places to go for other types of sports.
The University of Findlay's Mazza Museum is the world's largest museum devoted to literacy and the art of children's picture books, while the Hancock Historical Museum boasts regular Civil War reenactments and the Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation offers train rides throughout the year. Visit around Halloween to experience the Train of Terror, or during the winter to ride the North Pole Express. Whatever your interests, Findlay will likely have something to offer.
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