16 Things You Didn’t Know About Hudson, Ohio
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16 Things You Didn’t Know About Hudson, Ohio

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Hudson, OH is a great community with a rich history and feel all its own. Check out these 16 things about Hudson you probably didn’t know:

1. Hudson is named after businessman David Hudson, a Connecticut native who traveled here in 1799.

2. Hudson’s trip here took 56 days, mostly by water, and included trips across Lake Erie and down the Cuyahoga River.

3. By the end of the first year after Hudson was settled, the population still only numbered 13.

4. Hudson served as a part of the Underground Railroad, the network of secret routes and safe houses that helped slaves escape from the South.

5. A large portion of Hudson is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, specifically an area “roughly bounded by College, Streetsboro, S. Main, and Baldwin.” That area was expanded in 1989 to include an area “roughly bounded by Hudson St., Old Orchard Dr., Aurora St., Oviatt St., Streetsboro St., and College St. to Aurora (street).”

6. For over a century and a half, Hudson Township and the Village of Hudson were considered two distinct municipalities. In 1994, they were finally merged into the City of Hudson after the move was approved by voters.

7. Though less than 26 square miles in size, Hudson boasts over 1,000 acres of parkland.

8. Hudson is one of the most educated cities in the United States, with over 68% of its residents over the age of 25 holding a Bachelor’s Degree or better.

9. Females outnumber males in Hudson, 50.9% to 49.1%.

10. In 2002, Hudson became the first city in the United States to launch a citywide electronic gift card, thanks to an effort by the Hudson Chamber of Commerce.

11. Hudson is a fantastic place for young people and families to live. In 2010, it was named one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise.

12. The city of Hudson is included in the Cleveland–Akron–Canton Combined Statistical Area, which covers the entire northeast of Ohio. It is the 15th largest such area in the United States.

13. Northeast Ohio has the highest concentration of Hungarian Americans in the United States.

14. Hudson’s “twin city,” a kind of international diplomatic designation, is Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria, Germany.

15. At least one Hudson native has appeared on a stamp: Lincoln Ellsworth, a polar explorer and major contributor to the American Museum of Natural History in New York. He passed away in 1951.

16. Pro football Hall of Famer Dante Lavelli is also from Hudson. He helped the Cleveland Browns win 7 championships in 11 seasons in the 1940s and ‘50s.

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