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

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

Public Hearing and Comment Period Notice

2024 Airport Day flyer

2024 Airport Car Show

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Mansfield’s Latest News

  • Lift Boil Advisory – Dale Ave

    Date: 7/11/2024 Contact: Steve Brown Subject: Lift Boil Advisory Mansfield, OH– Lift Boil Advisory The City of Mansfield Water Repair Department has lifted the boil advisory affecting the following area:…

  • Road Closure – S Mulberry St

    Date: 7/11/2024 Contact: Tracy Rannels Subject: Street closure Mansfield, OH– Due to sewer line repairs it is necessary to close sections of the following road while work is being completed….

  • Lift Boil Advisory – Woodland Road

    Date:  7/10/2024                                                                                                                             Contact:  Don Crose Subject: Lift Boil Advisory       Mansfield, OH– Lift Boil Advisory         The City of Mansfield Water Repair Department has lifted the boil advisory affecting…