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Port Clinton is a city in and the county seat
County seat
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 of Ottawa County
Ottawa County, Ohio
Ottawa County is a county located in the state of Ohio, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 41,428. Its county seat is Port Clinton and is named either for the Ottawa Indians who lived there, or for an Indian word meaning "trader"....

, Ohio
Ohio is a Midwestern state in the United States. The 34th largest state by area in the U.S.,it is the 7th‑most populous with over 11.5 million residents, containing several major American cities and seven metropolitan areas with populations of 500,000 or more.The state's capital is Columbus...

, United States
United States
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. The population was 6,056 at the 2010 census
United States Census, 2010
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. The city has been nicknamed the "Walleye Capital of the World."

The city is known for its annual Walleye
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 Drop, commemorating the new year as well as its fishing and boating industries, the annual National Matches at neighboring Camp Perry
Camp Perry
Camp Perry is a National Guard training facility located on the shore of Lake Erie in northern Ohio near Port Clinton. In addition to its regular mission as a military training base, Camp Perry also boasts the largest outdoor rifle range in the world...

, and its proximity to a variety of vacation destinations (such as the Lake Erie
Lake Erie
Lake Erie is the fourth largest lake of the five Great Lakes in North America, and the tenth largest globally. It is the southernmost, shallowest, and smallest by volume of the Great Lakes and therefore also has the shortest average water residence time. It is bounded on the north by the...

 islands, the Cedar Point
Cedar Point
Cedar Point is a 364 acre amusement park located in Sandusky, Ohio, United States on a narrow peninsula jutting into Lake Erie. Cedar Point is the only amusement park with four roller coasters that are taller than...

 amusement park and a number of local wineries). Port Clinton's transient dockage on the Portage River is a safe harbor for Lake Erie boaters.


Port Clinton is located at 41°30′35"N 82°56′25"W (41.509857, -82.940156).

According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
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, the city has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6 km²), of which, 2.1 square miles (5.4 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square mile (0.517997622 km²) of it (8.66%) is water.


As of the census
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of 2010, there were 6,056 people, 2,777 households, and 1,768 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
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 was 3,034.0 people per square mile (1,169.5/km²). There were 3,504 housing units at an average density of 1,663.5 per square mile (641.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.15% White, 2.38% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.30% from other races
Race (United States Census)
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, and 1.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.01% of the population.

There were 2,777 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples
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 living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.3% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,564, and the median income for a family was $44,579. Males had a median income of $38,949 versus $21,651 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the city was $19,177. About 7.7% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.2% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.


Port Clinton and the surrounding area is supported by 3 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 1 high school. Jefferson Elementary and Bataan Memorial being the two public elementary schools, while the area boasts one private elementary, Immaculate Conception. The 2 secondary schools are Port Clinton Middle School and Port Clinton High School.

Notable natives

  • Chris Redfern
    Chris Redfern
    Chris Redfern is the current chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party. He won election to the chairmanship of the Ohio Democratic Party in December, 2005 and reelection in 2008...

     - Current chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party
    Ohio Democratic Party
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    , and former Ohio House Minority Leader.
  • Steve Saunders - Television host/actor
  • Dan Dalrymple - NFL Head Strength and Conditioning Coach- New Orleans Saints
    New Orleans Saints
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  • Louis C. Shepard
    Louis C. Shepard
    Lewis Capet Shepard was born in Ashtabula County, Ohio and was a Union Navy sailor during the American Civil War who received America's highest military decoration the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Second Battle of Fort Fisher...

     - American Civil War
    American Civil War
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     Medal of Honor
    Medal of Honor
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     recipient from Ashtabula County, buried in Lakeview cemetery, Port Clinton, Ottawa County, Ohio
    Ottawa County, Ohio
    Ottawa County is a county located in the state of Ohio, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 41,428. Its county seat is Port Clinton and is named either for the Ottawa Indians who lived there, or for an Indian word meaning "trader"....



Port Clinton is part of the Sandusky/Lake Erie Islands
Lake Erie Islands
The Lake Erie Islands are a chain of archipelagic islands in Lake Erie. They include Kelleys Island, Pelee Island, the Bass Islands, and several others. The majority of these islands are under the sovereignty of Ohio in the United States. Pelee Island is the only major island administered by...

 radio market, and is included as part of the Toledo TV market.

Port Clinton is home to WPCR - PortClintonRadio.com, "Ottawa County's News, Sports, and Weather Authority" This internet exclusive radio station carries live local sporting events, weather, fishing reports as well as locally produced programs.

Port Clinton is served in print by the Port Clinton News Herald, the city's only daily newspaper, and is also covered by The Sandusky Register
The Sandusky Register
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, which is the region's laregest newspaper.

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