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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

We mourn the loss of our friend and colleague and remain committed to the work he began.



Basic Information

Type of Place
Independent City or Town
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Don’t Know
Unions, Organized Labor?
Don’t Know

Sundown Town Status

Sundown Town in the Past?
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Probably Not, Although Still Very Few Black People

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
Total White Black Asian Native Hispanic Other BHshld
1930 2499 3
1940 2368 0
1950 3640 1
1960 3918 5
1970 5309 27
1980 5669 50
1990 5243 78 7 85
2000 5582 88 7 70
2010 5952 116 6 113

Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black


Of the 78 African Americans reported in the 1990 census, all were between the ages of 18 and 34, indicating that probably no black families live in Ada.

Of the 27 African Americans reported in 1970, 20 were male, also indicating that there may have been fewer families than suggested by the total population.

Further research needed.

One explanation for the 1990 census we were given via email links the unusual age distribution to Ohio Northern University, located in Ada: “I suspect the reason for the odd age distribution for blacks in the 1990 census is that Ada is home to Ohio Northern University. Undergraduates living on campus would have been counted in their home towns, but some undergraduates living off campus might have been counted in Ada and there is a small law school, the students of which almost certainly would have been considered Ada residents and nearly all of whom would have been in the 18-35 age group.”