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Butler County, Ohio
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Butler County Courthouse
Seal of Butler County, Ohio
Seal
Map of Ohio highlighting Butler County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded May 1, 1803[1]
Named for General Richard Butler
Seat Hamilton
Largest city Hamilton
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

470 sq mi (1,217 km²)
467 sq mi (1,210 km²)
3.1 sq mi (8 km²), 0.7%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

390,357
auto/sq mi (Expression error: Unrecognized word "auto"./km²)
Congressional district 8th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.butlercountyohio.org

Butler County is a county located in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2020 census, the population was 390,357.[2] Its county seat is Hamilton.[3] It is named for General Richard Butler, who died in 1791 during St. Clair's Defeat.[4] Located along the Great Miami River, it is also home to Miami University, a public university founded in 1809. Butler County is part of the Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area. The majority of the county is in District 52 of the State House.

History[]

Successive cultures of ancient Indigenous peoples of the Americas occupied areas of the county. They built large earthworks, seven of which were still standing and recorded by a Smithsonian survey.[5]

Early French explorers likely passed through the area along the Miami River.[6] The gravesites of David and Margaret Gregory indicate they were some of the first white settlers in the area in Liberty Township. White settlers began moving into the area in larger numbers after the 1793 Treaty of Greenville was signed with the Native Americans of the area.[6]

Butler County was formed on March 24, 1803 from portions of Hamilton County. It is named for General Richard Butler.[7] Between 1803 and 1823, the townships of the county became officially recognized.[6] Large portions of the county were held by non-resident owners, including 640 acres owned by future President William H Harrison.[6] Some land that was originally part of Butler County was reassigned to Warren County in the north and Hamilton County to the south. Butler County's original size was 480 sq miles.[6]

Around the late 1860s or early 1870s, the community of Mauds was the sight of an attempt by a local entrepreneur to construct a mill that worked via perpetual motion. A large crowd gathered to watch the mill start, and when it did not, laughter ensued. Nothing was heard from the unnamed entrepreneur again, and the mill quickly vanished. The local newspapers did not record the event, and the only record of its occurrence was transmitted by elderly residents of Mauds to one William Marion Miller of Miami University.[8]

The Great Flood of 1913 affected much of the county, particularly the communities of Middletown, Ohio where approximately 25% of the town was flooded and 6 people died and Hamilton, Ohio, where 46% of the city was flooded, over 300 buildings destroyed, and at least 98 people killed.[9]

In the 1920s, Butler, Pickaway and Washington counties were central areas of the rural membership of the Ku Klux Klan in Ohio.[10]

In 1957 the Ohio Legislature established Hueston Woods State Park, which covers 3,596 acres in Butler and neighboring Preble County. In addition to a 625-acre manmade lake, the park contains the 200-acre Hueston Woods, one of the last near-virgin growths of American beech and maple in Ohio.[11]

Geography and geology[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 470 square miles (1,200 km2), of which 467 square miles (1,210 km2) is land and 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2) (0.7%) is water.[12]

The majority of Butler County consists of the river valleys of the Great and Little Miami Rivers. The valley was originally carved by glaciation.[6]

The soil at highest uplands is frequently heavy in clay, moving downhill to a sandy loam, while in the valleys the soil is black with river deposits.[6]

Before deforestation by settlers, much of the area was forests of American beech and maple trees.[11]

Adjacent counties[]

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 11,150
1820 21,746 95.0%
1830 27,142 24.8%
1840 28,173 3.8%
1850 30,789 9.3%
1860 35,840 16.4%
1870 39,912 11.4%
1880 42,579 6.7%
1890 48,597 14.1%
1900 56,870 17.0%
1910 70,271 23.6%
1920 87,025 23.8%
1930 114,084 31.1%
1940 120,249 5.4%
1950 147,203 22.4%
1960 199,076 35.2%
1970 226,207 13.6%
1980 258,787 14.4%
1990 291,479 12.6%
2000 332,807 14.2%
2010 368,130 10.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]
1790-1960[14] 1900-1990[15]
1990-2000[16] 2020 [17]

2000 census[]

As of the census[18] of 2000, there were 332,807 people, 123,082 households, and 87,880 families residing in the county. The population density was 712 people per square mile (275/km2). There were 129,793 housing units at an average density of 278 per square mile (107/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 91.20% White, 5.27% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 1.55% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.62% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. 1.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.1% were of German, 16.7% American, 10.7% Irish, and 9.8% English ancestry according to Census 2000. Those citing "American" ancestry in Butler County are of overwhelmingly English extraction, most English Americans identify simply as American because their ancestors have been in North America for centuries—in some cases since the 1600s.[19][20][21][22][23]

There were 123,082 households, out of which 35.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 10.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.60% were non-families. 22.70% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 25.90% under the age of 18, 11.90% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 10.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,885, and the median income for a family was $57,513. Males had a median income of $42,052 versus $27,602 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,076. About 5.40% of families and 8.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.10% of those under age 18 and 7.00% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[]

As of the 2010 census, there were 368,130 people, 135,960 households, and 95,404 families residing in the county.[24] The population density was 788.2 inhabitants per square mile (304.3 /km2). There were 148,273 housing units at an average density of 317.5 per square mile (122.6 /km2).[25] The racial makeup of the county was 86.0% white, 7.3% black or African American, 2.4% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 1.8% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.0% of the population.[24] In terms of ancestry, 27.0% were German, 14.8% were American, 13.6% were Irish, and 9.7% were English.[26]

Of the 135,960 households, 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.8% were non-families, and 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.10. The median age was 36.0 years.[24]

The median income for a household in the county was $54,788 and the median income for a family was $68,539. Males had a median income of $50,499 versus $37,094 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,892. About 8.3% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.1% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.[27]

Politics[]

Prior to 1952, Butler County was strongly Democratic in presidential elections, only backing two Republican candidates for president from 1856 to 1948. Starting with the 1952 election, it has become a Republican Party stronghold, with the sole Democrat to win the county in a presidential election since then being Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 in the midst of his statewide and national landslide victory.

United States presidential election results for Butler County, Ohio[28]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 114,392 61.26% 69,613 37.28% 2,732 1.46%
2016 106,976 61.13% 58,642 33.51% 9,376 5.36%
2012 105,176 61.68% 62,388 36.58% 2,966 1.74%
2008 105,341 60.52% 66,030 37.94% 2,688 1.54%
2004 109,872 65.86% 56,243 33.71% 704 0.42%
2000 86,587 63.32% 46,390 33.93% 3,760 2.75%
1996 67,023 54.76% 43,690 35.70% 11,685 9.55%
1992 63,375 48.34% 39,682 30.27% 28,055 21.40%
1988 75,725 68.71% 33,770 30.64% 713 0.65%
1984 76,216 72.92% 27,700 26.50% 598 0.57%
1980 61,231 61.91% 31,796 32.15% 5,874 5.94%
1976 49,625 57.56% 35,123 40.74% 1,469 1.70%
1972 50,380 68.42% 21,194 28.78% 2,061 2.80%
1968 35,962 48.73% 23,649 32.04% 14,191 19.23%
1964 31,413 42.63% 42,278 57.37% 0 0.00%
1960 46,518 58.66% 32,778 41.34% 0 0.00%
1956 41,785 63.20% 24,331 36.80% 0 0.00%
1952 35,769 53.77% 30,751 46.23% 0 0.00%
1948 21,393 46.52% 24,276 52.78% 322 0.70%
1944 22,702 45.96% 26,698 54.04% 0 0.00%
1940 23,380 43.14% 30,821 56.86% 0 0.00%
1936 17,842 35.80% 29,892 59.99% 2,098 4.21%
1932 19,673 44.70% 22,516 51.16% 1,819 4.13%
1928 29,124 64.66% 15,663 34.77% 255 0.57%
1924 19,349 56.25% 11,612 33.76% 3,437 9.99%
1920 14,998 44.91% 16,437 49.22% 1,961 5.87%
1916 5,850 31.81% 10,806 58.75% 1,736 9.44%
1912 3,431 20.59% 7,763 46.59% 5,469 32.82%
1908 7,320 40.61% 9,678 53.70% 1,026 5.69%
1904 7,048 45.44% 7,397 47.69% 1,066 6.87%
1900 6,025 39.52% 8,880 58.25% 339 2.22%
1896 5,936 40.21% 8,724 59.09% 103 0.70%
1892 4,636 36.16% 7,834 61.10% 352 2.75%
1888 4,143 34.77% 7,454 62.55% 319 2.68%
1884 3,976 36.72% 6,751 62.34% 102 0.94%
1880 3,831 37.90% 6,266 62.00% 10 0.10%
1876 3,351 35.68% 6,029 64.20% 11 0.12%
1872 2,993 37.55% 4,926 61.80% 52 0.65%
1868 3,298 40.01% 4,945 59.99% 0 0.00%
1864 3,250 42.96% 4,316 57.04% 0 0.00%
1860 2,867 39.19% 4,109 56.16% 340 4.65%
1856 2,301 37.68% 3,509 57.47% 296 4.85%



Education[]

There are sixteen school districts having territory in Butler County.

Primary Boundaries in Butler County[]

  • Edgewood City School District (also in Preble)
    • Edgewood High School, Trenton (The Cougars)
  • Fairfield City School District
    • Fairfield High School, Fairfield (The Indians)
  • Hamilton City School District
    • Hamilton High School, Hamilton (Big Blue)
  • Lakota Local School District
    • Lakota East High School, Liberty Township (The Thunderhawks)
    • Lakota West High School, West Chester (The Firebirds)
  • Madison Local School District
    • Madison High School, Middletown (The Mohawks)
  • Middletown City School District (also in Warren)
    • Middletown High School, Middletown (The Middies)
  • Monroe Local School District (also in Warren)
    • Monroe High School, Monroe (The Hornets)
  • New Miami Local School District
    • New Miami High School, New Miami (The Vikings)
  • Ross Local School District
    • Ross High School, Hamilton (The Rams)
  • Talawanda City School District (also in Preble)
    • Talawanda High School, Oxford (The Braves)

Partial Boundaries in Butler County[]

  • Mason City School District, Mason OH (Primarily in Warren County)
  • Northwest Local School District, Cincinnati OH (Primarily in Hamilton County)
  • Preble Shawnee School District, Camden OH (Primarily in Preble County)
  • Princeton City School District, Springdale OH (Primarily in Hamilton County)
  • Southwest Local School District, Harrison OH (Primarily in Hamilton County)
  • Union County–College Corner Joint School District, Liberty IN (Partial in Preble County, Ohio, Primarily in Union and Franklin Counties in Indiana)

Private High Schools[]

  • Father Stephen T. Badin High School, (Known as Badin High School), Hamilton (The Rams)
  • Cincinnati Christian Schools, Fairfield (The Cougars)
  • Middletown Christian Schools, Middletown (The Eagles) (School complex located in Warren County)

Higher Education[]

Butler County is home to top ranked and 10th oldest public university, Miami University.

Campuses[]

  • Miami University Main Campus, located in Oxford, OH. Founded in 1809.
  • Miami University Middletown, located in Middletown. Founded in 1966, this is Ohio's first regional campus.[29]
  • Miami University Hamilton, located in Hamilton. Founded in 1968.
  • Miami University Voice of America Learning Center, located in West Chester. Founded in 2009, this campus houses the Farmer School of Business MBA program.[30]


Butler County is also home to Butler Tech, a Career Technical Education institution for High School students and Adults. Butler Tech has campuses in West Chester and Fairfield Township.

Communities[]

Map of Butler County, Ohio with municipal and township labels

Cities[]

Villages[]

Census-designated places[]

  • Beckett Ridge
  • Darrtown
  • Four Bridges
  • Olde West Chester
  • Ross
  • Somerville
  • Wetherington
  • Williamsdale

Other unincorporated communities[]

  • Alert
  • Bethany
  • Blue Ball
  • Collinsville
  • Excello
  • Indian Springs
  • Maud
  • McGonigle
  • Miltonville
  • Okeana
  • Oneida
  • Overpeck
  • Pisgah
  • Poasttown
  • Port Union
  • Princeton
  • Scipio
  • Shandon
  • Tylersville
  • West Middletown
  • Woodsdale

Townships[]

There are thirteen civil townships in Butler County and three paper townships:

Civil[]

  • Fairfield
  • Hanover
  • Lemon
  • Liberty
  • Madison
  • Milford
  • Morgan
  • Oxford
  • Reily
  • Ross
  • St. Clair
  • Wayne
  • West Chester (formerly Union Township)

https://web.archive.org/web/20160715023447/http://www.ohiotownships.org/township-websites

Paper[]

  • Hamilton
  • Heritage (Fairfield)[31]
  • Middletown

Ohio House Districts[]

  • Ohio House of Representatives, 51st District
  • Ohio House of Representatives, 52nd District
  • Ohio House of Representatives, 53rd District
  • Ohio House of Representatives, 54th District

Ohio Senate Districts[]

  • Ohio Senate, 4th District
  • Ohio Senate, 7th District

Notable people[]

  • Walter Alston, manager of Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers
  • John Boehner, congressman, Speaker of the House
  • Mary Bowermaster, masters athletics record holder
  • James E. Campbell, governor of Ohio
  • Cris Carter, football player
  • Frank Clair, football player
  • Ray Combs, television personality
  • Chase Crawford, actor and film producer
  • Greg Dulli, musician
  • Weeb Ewbank, football coach
  • Andrew L. Harris, governor of Ohio
  • Donald Harvey, serial killer
  • William Dean Howells, writer
  • Lorenzo D. Immell, Medal of Honor recipient in the American Civil War[32]
  • Howard Jones, football coach
  • Kenesaw Mountain Landis, federal judge and baseball commissioner
  • Mark Lewis, baseball player
  • Jerry Lucas, basketball player
  • McGuire Sisters, musical group
  • Ezra Meeker, Oregon Trail preservationist
  • Joe Nuxhall, baseball player and radio announcer, both for the Cincinnati Reds
  • Darrell Pace, Olympic archer
  • Clarence Page, columnist
  • Nan Phelps, artist
  • Charles Francis Richter, scientist devising the Richter scale for earthquakes
  • Glen Rogers, serial killer
  • Charlie Root, baseball player
  • Bonnie Rotten, award-winning pornographic actress
  • Brady Seals, musician
  • Kent Tekulve, baseball player
  • Roger Troutman, musician
  • C. William Verity, politician and businessman
  • Scott Walker, musician
  • Sprinkles, cat rescued by police
  • Simon Stepaniak, NFL player for the Green Bay Packers.[33]

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Butler County, Ohio

References[]

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  2. ^ 2020 census
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Coordinates: 39°26′N 84°35′W / 39.44, -84.58

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