Looking east along Main Street
|Motto: Historic past – Bright future|
Location of Batavia, Ohio
|Platted||October 24, 1814|
|Incorporated||February 10, 1842|
|• Mayor||John Q. Thebout|
|• Total||1.62 sq mi (4.20 km2)|
|• Land||1.59 sq mi (4.12 km2)|
|• Water||0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)|
|Elevation||594 ft (181 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||1,630|
|• Density||949.1/sq mi (366.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1037672|
Batavia (// buh-TAY-vee-uh) is a village in and the county seat of Clermont County, Ohio, United States. The population was 1,509 at the 2010 census. Batavia is located at (39.077332, -84.179160).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.62 square miles (4.20 km2), of which, 1.59 square miles (4.12 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water. It is surrounded by Batavia Township.
Batavia is located along Ohio State Route 32, also known as the Appalachian Highway, a major east-west highway that connects Interstate 275 and the Cincinnati area to the rural counties of Southern Ohio. State Routes Ohio State Route 132 and 222 also pass through the village's downtown area.
The Clermont Transportation Connection provides daily bus service to downtown Cincinnati.
Batavia was surveyed on May 28, 1788, by Captain Francis Minnis, John O'Bannon, Nicholas Keller, Archelus Price, and John Ormsley. Virginian Ezekiel Dimmitt became the area's first settler in the fall of 1797. George Ely purchased the Minnis survey in 1807 and platted the town on October 24, 1814, possibly naming it after Batavia, New York. The Clermont County seat moved from New Richmond to Batavia on February 24, 1824. Batavia finally incorporated as a village on February 10, 1842.
The Norfolk and Western Railway stopped at Batavia from March 1877 to April 1971. The Cincinnati, Georgetown and Portsmouth Railroad, an interurban railroad, also ran through town from 1903 to 1934.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,509 people, 629 households, and 411 families residing in the village. The population density was 949.1 inhabitants per square mile (366.4 /km2). There were 713 housing units at an average density of 448.4 per square mile (173.1 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 93.6% White, 3.4% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.
There were 629 households of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.7% were married couples living together, 16.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.7% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.91.
The median age in the village was 37.7 years. 24.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.5% were from 25 to 44; 27.3% were from 45 to 64; and 13.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.1% male and 52.9% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,617 people, 651 households, and 453 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,105.4 people per square mile (427.6/km²). There were 696 housing units at an average density of 475.8 per square mile (184.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 94.50% White, 3.28% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 1.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.37% of the population.
There were 651 households out of which 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.2% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.3% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.96.
In the village the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.5 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $40,804, and the median income for a family was $50,238. Males had a median income of $36,190 versus $25,583 for females. The per capita income for the village was $20,171. About 6.4% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.4% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.
Batavia was home to Ford Motor Company's Batavia Transmission plant until it closed in 2009 under a corporate plan called "The Way Forward". Batavia Transmission anchored an industrial area that also includes rollercoaster manufacturer Clermont Steel Fabricators.
University of Cincinnati Clermont College, a regional campus of the University of Cincinnati, is located in Batavia. UC Clermont's satellite campus, UC East, operates out of the administrative offices of the former Ford plant.
Media and attractions
The following notable people have lived in Batavia:
- Audrey Bolte – Miss Ohio USA 2012
- Charlie Case – professional baseball player, Pittsburgh Pirates
- Reader W. Clarke – lawyer, Whig newspaper publisher, and Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Lt. Gen. Henry Clark Corbin – Adjutant General of the U.S. Army
- William Howard – soldier, lawyer, and Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- George W. Hulick – teacher, lawyer, soldier, judge, and Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Josephine Johnson – Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist
- Charles Cyrus Kearns – lawyer, Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin – Army soldier captured in Iraq in 2004, whose death was not confirmed until 2008
- Jonathan D. Morris – lawyer, Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Earl Mossor – professional baseball player, Brooklyn Dodgers
- Bill Mussey – journalist and Republican member of the Ohio General Assembly
- Hugh L. Nichols – Lieutenant Governor of Ohio and Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
- Joel Peckham – poet
- Gene Schott – professional baseball player, Cincinnati Reds
- Joe Smith – professional baseball player, Cleveland Indians
- Philip Bergen Swing – United States federal judge, S.D. Ohio
- Murray Thurston Titus – Christian missionary to India
- Markus Lee Foley - Independent Professional Wrestler. Better known by his ring name Mark Magnum. Foley is also a Batavia graduate; Class of 1998.
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- Tri-state War Bird Museum
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