Ashland is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Ashland County. The population was 21,249 at the 2000 census. It is the center of the Ashland Micropolitan Statistical Area (as defined by the United States Census Bureau in 2003). It was incorporated in 1916. Ashland is well known in the state for its "welcome sign" that proclaims the city to be "The World Headquarters of Nice People." It was formerly known as Uniontown, but because of another city named Uniontown in Ohio, the city was compelled to adopt a new name. Ashland was recommended as a name by congressman Henry Clay, after the name of his ranch in Kentucky. Later, "Henry Clay High School" was considered as a name for what is now known as Ashland High School.