The City of Conneaut is located on an old Native American trail, later used by early westbound pioneers. The word conneaut comes from the Seneca language, and has a disputed meaning. A Mississauga village was located at or near Conneaut, c. 1747. The city has been operated under a council-manager government since 1992. The current city manager is Timothy Eggleston. It is a mixture of urban areas and rural farmland. The city’s historic business district and its harbor business district are not as thriving as in the past. However new management within the city’s structure brings promise to the area as it looks to thrive on the local community.
Industry related to the shipping of ores.
Conneaut was originally named “Salem”, and the parts surrounding it were named “Lakeville” from 1944–1964, though these were eventually combined into what is now known as “Conneaut”. People still refer to parts of Conneaut as Lakeville or Amboy.
Conneaut is located in the northeasternmost corner of Ohio, bordering the state of Pennsylvania to the east and has 27 square miles (70 km2) within its corporate city limits. The city has over seven miles (11 km) of shoreline along Lake Erie, with beaches, boating facilities and a healthy summer tourist trade. Transportation services Conneaut via Interstate 90, which bisects the city, along with an international shipping port and three railroads. Major industries within the city include CSP of Ohio (formerly Venture Industries), General Aluminum (automotive parts), and CW Ohio (windows and pillars). Conneaut is located at 41°56′36″N 80°34′10″W (41.943313, -80.569476).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 26.4 square miles (68.5 km²), of which, 26.4 square miles (68.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.23%) is water. Conneaut is situated along Lake Erie at the mouth of Conneaut Creek.
As of the census of 2000, there were 12,485 people, 5,038 households, and 3,410 families residing in the city. The population density was 473.4 people per square mile (182.8/km²). There were 5,710 housing units at an average density of 216.5/sq mi (83.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.33% White, 1.12% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.06% of the population. 19.7% were of German, 16.0% Italian, 13.7% English, 12.0% Irish, 6.2% American and 6.2% Finnish ancestry according to Census 2000.
The government for the City of Conneaut is comprised of a City Manager, who oversees and manages the day-to-day functions and operations of the City, and a City Council. City Council serves as the legislative arm of the City, and makes public policy and guides the direction of the City of Conneaut. The City Manager serves as the CEO of the City.
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