Ashtabula is a medium-sized city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 18,371 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Ashtabula is the 95th largest community in Ohio. Much of the housing stock in Ashtabula was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Ashtabula is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Ashtabula is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ashtabula who work in office and administrative support (12.45%), sales jobs (11.89%), and food service (8.52%).
The population of Ashtabula has a very low overall level of education: only 8.96% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.
The per capita income in Ashtabula in 2010 was $16,281, which is low income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $65,124 for a family of four. Ashtabula also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.36% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Ashtabula is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Ashtabula home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ashtabula residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Ashtabula include Italian, Irish, English, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Ashtabula is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.