DISCOVERING URBANA, OH
Settled in the heart of Champaign County, being its county seat, Urbana boasts a pioneering spirit, strong economy and rich, historical downtown area.
According to recent estimates, Urbana has a population of more than 11,400 residents. Located 47 miles west of Columbus, Urbana was laid out in 1805. For a time in 1812, it was the headquarters of the Northwestern army during the War of 1812.
Urbana is the burial place of famous frontiersman Simon Kenton. Although the origin of the city’s name isn’t clear, it is thought that its early founders used the Latin word “urbs” because it means city. A review in 1939 indicated that of the 12 cities in the United States named “Urbana”, the city in Ohio was the first.
By 1833, the city had a courthouse and jail, one printing office, a church, a market house, nine stores and 120 houses.
Today, the economy in Urbana is supported by numerous industries, including Rittal, Honeywell Aerospace, Honeywell Inc., Control Industries, Freshwater Farms and more.