Welcome to Mansfield, Ohio


Welcome to the City of Mansfield, Ohio

Mansfield is the county seat of Richland County, Ohio. James Hedges, Jacob Newman, and Joseph Larwill established the town in 1808. Residents named the community after Jared Mansfield, the surveyor general of the United States. Mansfield grew slowly, having just twenty houses and one store in 1817. By 1846, 2,330 people resided in Mansfield. This tremendous growth partly resulted from the completion of a railroad, connecting Mansfield with Sandusky, Ohio. In 1846, Mansfield contained two newspaper offices, twenty-three stores, and seven churches.

Over the next forty years, Mansfield grew tremendously. In 1880, 9,859 people resided in the town, and in 1890, 13,473 people lived there. In 1888, the town was a center of manufacturing and trade in north-central Ohio thanks to the four railroads that passed through the community. Dozens of manufacturing businesses operated in the town, producing doors, brass objects, linseed oil, suspenders, paper boxes, and numerous other items. Mansfield’s largest employer was a cigar maker, Hautzenroeder & Company, with 285 employees in 1888. That same year, construction began on a prison facility.

Mansfield continued to prosper during the twentieth century. In 2000, the community was Richland County’s largest population center, with 49,346 residents. That same year, the city was ranked as the fifth best place in the United States to raise a family, and the United States Conference of Mayors has voted the community one of “America’s most livable cities.

In 2024, the Johnny Appleseed Historic Byway which passes through the city, will celebrate the 250th birthday of John “Appleseed” Chapman with a series of events that will highlight South Park’s & Mansfield’s Johnny Appleseed connection and history.

Complete visitor information is available at DestinationMansfield.com or 800-642-8282. Want to find more things to do in Mansfield? Visit the area’s Calendar of Events.

Quick city Resources

Help the City of Mansfield Plan for the Future

Safety Town Program

Richland County Housing Study

Press Release Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport Contamination

Make Your Voice Heard Flyer

Tax Deadline Flyer

City of Mansfield Income Tax Webpage

Façade Grant Flyer

Leaf Pickup Program

Legal Notices

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Civil Service Meeting

Mansfield’s Latest News

  • Lift Boil Advisory – South Willis Street

    Date: 2/1/2024Contact: Don CroseSubject: Lift Boil AdvisoryMansfield, OH– Lift Boil AdvisoryThe City of Mansfield Water Repair Department has lifted the boil advisory affecting thefollowing areas:South Willis Street between East Arch…

  • Boil Advisory – S Willis Street

    Date: 2/29/2024 Contact: Don Crose / City of Mansfield Water Repair Subject: Boil advisory issued Mansfield, OH– Due to a water main repairs it will be necessary to issue a…

  • Road Closure – Van Buren Avenue

    Date: 2/29/2024 Contact: Don Crose/ City of Mansfield Service Complex Subject: Street closure Mansfield, OH– Due to water main repairs it is necessary to close sections of the following road…