Vital Statistics

The official website for the city of Newark, Ohio (newarkohio.net) fails to indicate the vital statistics of the municipality that pays for and runs the website. Wikipedia shows the city to encompass 21.37 square miles and gives the population of Newark Ohio to be 47,573 as of the 2010 census (their source). Of the 6 satellite cities within the periphery of Columbus Newark is the largest followed by Lancaster which is roughly 20% smaller than Newark. Mount Vernon is roughly a third the size of Newark.  The same census sited showed there were 21,976 housing units, a little less than one unit for each two people.  Wiki claims that “The per capita income for the city was $17,819. About 10.1% of families and 13.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.9% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.” but does not offer any reference for such statistics (2010 US Census?). Another city of almost identical size in Ohio would be Mansfield which is double the distance (of Newark) from any large metropolitan area like Columbus or Cleveland. Wiki shows “The per capita income for the city was $17,726. About 13.2% of families and 16.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.5% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over” and sites the 2000 census as the source for these figures. If Wiki’s Newark figures were likewise from the 2000 census then the two cities would be comparable as the number of housing units from the 2010 census are about the same. Newark would appear to have a somewhat lower poverty rate. Lancaster, the next largest city within the same distance of Columbus as Newark showed 17,685 housing units in the 2010 Census. Again wiki states “The per capita income for the city was $17,648. About 8.7% of families and 10.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.8% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.” without any reference as to source. Per capita figures are easily bandied about when speaking of some impoverished third world country. They begin to look different when considered intimate to one’s neighbor and one’s self. Assuming some consistency with Wiki’s non referenced sources, it would appear there is a certain homogeneity to cities such as Newark, Mansfield or Lancaster.

In the final analysis, the lack of any such vital statistics being made readily available on the official City of Newark municipal website is more telling than had these vital statistics appeared and revealed the actual composition of the city to begin with. The size of a city, both in terms of geography as well as population, is rather basic and fundamental information. Given the homogeneity with other cities of the same size or proximity to large urban centers, this lack of basic information on the part of the City of Newark’s official website indicates an ambivalence or denial in terms of defining the City of Newark’s own identity.

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