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Stow Ohio


Stow Ohio
(© 2008 C. Orley)
Stow Ohio
(courtesy of Brian Wellman of Dayton, Ohio)
Stow Ohio
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Stow, located in northern Summit County, is a great place to raise a family or build a business. There has been steady population growth over the last decade, seven percent since 2000. The school system is improving and striving for the “Excellent” rating, with 80% of the Stow-Munroe Falls High School students pursuing higher education.


Joshua Stow was a member of the Connecticut Land Company and purchased the land known today as the City of Stow. Joshua Stow never lived in Stow, but often visited, pouring his own money into developing the community. Stow, founded in 1808, was known as one of the best townships in the county because of the hilly landscape, thick forests, nearness to the Cuyahoga River, and its numerous lakes. Stow began as a farming community.


According to the 2000 census, Stow has 34,290 residents, 95.2% of whom are white, 1.5% African-American, and 1.9% Asian. In addition, 64% of Stow residents are married. The median age is 37 and the median household income is $57,525.

Restaurants in Stow:

There is a restaurant for every taste in Stow, Ohio. Among them are:



The City of Stow is home to many thriving businesses. There are plenty of opportunities for getting all of your shopping done in the city of Stow. Below is just a partial listing of area shopping.

  • Allen’s Hallmark
  • Amber Garden Center
  • A Repeat Appearance
  • Big Lots
  • Borders Express
  • Cappabianca’s Natural Foods
  • Claire’s
  • Dollar General
  • Dollar Tree
  • I Do Bride II
  • Justice Store
  • Kaufmann’s Department Store
  • Kmart
  • Kohl’s
  • Macy’s
  • Marc’s Deep-er Discount Store
  • Radio Shack
  • Target Store
  • Wal-Mart



The Stow-Munroe Falls School District has a current enrollment of 5,828 students. The Ohio Department of Education has rated Stow-Munroe Falls Schools as Continuous Improvement, although they are striving for Excellent. Facilities include four elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. The school district participates in interdistrict open enrollment.


The city of Stow has ten parks with amenities such as softball fields, soccer fields, playgrounds, campground, hiking and biking trails, fishing, a nature center, an arboretum, and an award winning 18-hole golf course. One of the best playgrounds is the SKiP Park, a 11,000 sq ft wooden playground in the center of Stow. Stow's Fox Den Golf Course was voted 7th Best Golf Course in the five-county area by the Akron Beacon Journal. It is a par-72 course, 18-hole municipal golf course, with driving range, pro shop, and clubhouse.


Annual events in the City of Stow include the Summer Sunset Blast, Aviation Heritage Fair, Stow Holiday Lighting Celebration, Halloween Kids Day, and the Community Showcase. Hiking events, campouts, live music, races, golf outings, festivals, and more are scheduled throughout the year in Stow.

Famous Residents:

The late George Younce was the co-founder and bass singer for the popular Christian gospel quartet, The Cathedrals. He resided in Stow for more than 40 years.

Where to Stay in Stow:

Stow has several lodging options from which visitors can choose and additional options can be found in nearby Cuyahoga Falls. Stow hotels include the Courtyard by Marriott (check rates), Staybridge Suites (check rates), and the Hampton Inn (check rates).

(created 11-22-08)

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