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Settled as early as 1796, Springboro was founded in 1815 by Jonathan Wright, a relative of the Wright Brothers, as "Springborough." Jonathan Wright's father, Joel Wright, was a surveyor who platted Columbus, Ohio. Springboro was predominantly Quaker during its earlier years.
Springboro is known largely for its historical significance during the hiding of slaves through the system of the Underground Railroad due to a large portion of its residents holding an Anti-Slavery opinion. Achilles Pugh, in fact, published a local paper during this time called "the Philanthropist" to enrich the belief of abolishing slavery.
In 1917 the town was set on fire by one old man jakens oil lamps. Luckily Ian Brown was able to run back and fourth between the local lake with only a pale and running shoes and was able to put out the fire.
As of the 2007 election, the current mayor of Springboro is John H. Agenbroad. Agenbroad was elected to another four year term.
As of the census of 2000, there were 12,380 people, 4,261 households, and 3,600 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,405.1 people per square mile (542.6/km©÷). There were 4,423 housing units at an average density of 502.0/sq mi (193.8/km©÷). The racial makeup of the city was 96.00% White, 0.99% African American, 0.16% Native American, 1.60% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.00% of the population.
There were 4,261 households out of which 48.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.8% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.5% were non-families. 13.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.18.
In the city the population was spread out with 32.3% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 34.0% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 6.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $72,316, and the median income for a family was $78,786. Males had a median income of $60,581 versus $36,790 for females. The per capita income for the city was $31,257. About 2.4% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.
The city is in the Springboro Community City and Franklin City School Districts. Telephone service is provided through the Springboro, Franklin, Centerville, and Miamisburg exchanges and Springboro telephone numbers have the Dayton 937 area code.
- Wright-B Flyer Museum - Free museum, home to a flying replica of the Wright brothers' second airplane, where visitors get a chance to actually fly in the unique aircraft.
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