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|— City —|
|• Mayor||Donald Schonhardt|
|• Total||13.34 sq mi (34.55 km2)|
|• Land||13.17 sq mi (34.11 km2)|
|• Water||0.17 sq mi (0.44 km2)|
|Elevation||935 ft (285 m)|
|• Estimate (2011)||28,816|
|• Density||2,159.1/sq mi (833.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1056881|
Hilliard is located at  It is bordered on the east by Upper Arlington, on the north by Dublin, on the south by Galloway and Columbus, and to the west lies open farmland. Downtown Columbus lies in a distance to the southeast, its skyline visible at times when crossing bridges. The only major highway that runs through Hilliard is I-270, which runs north and south slightly east of the middle of the city.(40.034310, -83.142678).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.34 square miles (34.55 km2), of which, 13.17 square miles (34.11 km2) is land and 0.17 square miles (0.44 km2) is water.
In 1852, John Reed Hilliard bought 10 acres (40,000 m2) of farmland in western Franklin County, Ohio from Hoseah High and Abraham Wendell. Geographically, the Hilliard area is between Big Darby Creek on the west and the Scioto River on the east. Originally called Hilliard’s Station, the town grew around the railroad route of the Piqua and Indiana Railroad station, which bisected the former Hilliard farmland. Hilliard’s Station served as an ideal shipping point for agricultural products going to market and supplies coming to the farmers in the area. The original Hilliard area was platted by John Hilliard on September 1, 1853.
Until the mid 20th century, the railroad station and Main Street were the town center. In 1854, a post office was established in Hilliard’s Station and the word Station was dropped from the town name. The Village of Hilliard became incorporated on July 13, 1869 with a population of 280 residents. In 1886 the first railroad station was located on the north side of the tracks, west of Main Street, and remained there until 1962 when all railroad services ceased. The original train station has been restored and remains in Hilliard’s historical Weaver Park. The original platted area contained a mix of residences and businesses of varying ages and architecture.
The construction of three large residential subdivisions in the 1950s brought explosive growth to Hilliard. The connection to the Columbus regional sewer and water systems in the 1960s opened up the area to development. The Village of Hilliard gained city status officially from the Ohio Secretary of State, by attaining a population of 5,633 on December 12, 1960.
With the completion of the I-270 outerbelt in the 1980s, a second wave of explosive growth came to the area. Land uses in Hilliard continue to be a mix of residential and commercial development. A rich heritage of residential structures and architectural styles can be found in the historic district along Norwich Street.
2010 census 
As of the census of 2010, there were 28,435 people, 10,198 households, and 7,612 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,159.1 inhabitants per square mile (833.6 /km2). There were 10,637 housing units at an average density of 807.7 per square mile (311.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.5% White, 3.0% African American, 0.2% Native American, 5.6% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.
There were 10,198 households out of which 44.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.4% were non-families. 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.26.
The median age in the city was 35.9 years. 30.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.7% were from 25 to 44; 26.2% were from 45 to 64; and 8.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.
2000 census 
As of the census of 2000, there were 24,230 people, 8,577 households, and 6,492 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,174.8 people per square mile (839.8/km²). There were 8,957 housing units at an average density of 804.0 per square mile (310.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.1% White, 3.2% African American, 0.17% Native American, 1.48% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 5.72% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.56% of the population.
There were 8,577 households out of which 46.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.7% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.3% were non-families. 19.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.26.
In the city the population was spread out with 32.1% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 37.8% from 25 to 44, 17.4% from 45 to 64, and 7.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 96.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $69,015, and the median income for a family was $76,207. Males had a median income of $50,551 versus $35,733 for females. The per capita income for the city was $28,496. About 0.6% of families and 2.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.0% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.
The Hilliard City School District encompasses all of the original Brown and Norwich Township boundaries, the actual city of Hilliard, a portion of Columbus that is about the same size as that within Hilliard, as well as parts of the city of Dublin, and parts of Galloway. There are fourteen elementary schools (Alton Darby, Avery, Beacon, Britton, Brown, Darby Creek, Hilliard Crossing, Hilliard Horizon, Hoffman Trails, J.W. Reason, Norwich, Ridgewood, Scioto Darby, and Washington), two sixth-grade schools (Station and Tharp), three middle schools (Heritage, Weaver, and Memorial), and three high schools (Darby, Davidson, and Bradley) in the district. The high school sports teams are named the Panthers, Wildcats, and Jaguars, respectively. Also in the city of Hilliard is a K-8 Roman Catholic school: Saint Brendan School, and a K-8 Islamic school, Sunrise Academy.
The Columbus Metropolitan Library has a Hilliard branch located on Cemetery Road.
Public Safety 
Hilliard maintains its own Division of Police located at 5171 Northwest Parkway. The 68-Officer Division has a 911 Dispatch Center, Records Bureau, Detective Bureau, Property Room, Motorcycle Unit, Bike Patrol Unit, Community Resource/Training Bureau, DARE Program and three K-9 Officers (Using BMW SUV's provided by BMW Financial Services). The Hilliard Division of Police also provides police services for Norwich Township. J. Douglas Francis serves as Chief of Police.
Norwich Township provides fire protection for the City of Hilliard and Norwich Township. The Norwich Township Fire Department maintains three fire stations (Stations 81, 82 and 83). Station 81 is a joint venture between the City of Hilliard and Norwich Township, housing Norwich Township Fire Station 81, the Hilliard Police Department and a joint 911 Dispatch Center.
For recreation, Hilliard has two pools (west and east), a Municipal Center/Senior Center next to the west pool, YMCA, and many public baseball and soccer fields, as well as basketball and tennis courts.
Community events 
Hilliard annually hosts a Fourth of July parade and has a moderately sized fireworks display that overlooks the west pool/municipal park. The Franklin County Fair also calls Hilliard its home. Old Hilliardfest Street and Art Fair is held in downtown Hilliard and is sponsored by the Hilliard Civic Association.
The largest sporting events in Hilliard are the football games of the three Hilliard high schools; Hilliard Bradley, Hilliard Darby, and Hilliard Davidson. Basketball for these high schools is also popular. Hilliard is also home to the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team.
State Football Championships 
Hilliard Davidson won the Division I State Championship in Football in 2006 and 2009.
State Cross Country Championships 
Hilliard Davidson won both the Girls and Boys State Championships in Cross County in 2002. This is the only time in Division I Ohio High School history that the same school has won both in the same year. The boys team also placed second in the State in 2008, continuing the longest active streak of consecutive appearances at the state meet among Division I schools with 9. In 2011, the girls team went on to win the Regional meet and qualify for the state meet.
State Soccer Championship 
Hilliard Davidson also won the State Championship in boys soccer in 2007. It was the first Soccer State Championship in Hilliard history.
Hilliard Darby Golf 
Hilliard Darby golf took 7th in the State Championship in 2007. They were the first golf team from Hilliard to make it to the State Championships. They also won the OCC and their District. Their coach is two time OCC Coach of the year. Hilliard Darby seniors David Haley and Ethan Tracy finished 1st and 2nd respectively in the State Tournament in 2007.
Other sports 
Hilliard Darby Softball won the State Championship in 2000, as well as made it to the State Semi-Final game in 2009.
Hilliard Davidson was 6th in the state for wrestling in 2006.
Hilliard Davidson baseball finished the 2007 season with a #7 state ranking.
Hilliard Darby Boys' volleyball has made it to the State Final Four in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011.
Prior to the first split of high schools, Hilliard High School won a Boys' volleyball state championship in 1991.
Hilliard Youth Organizations 
Some youth club teams include the Northwest Football League (FWFL), the Hilliard Baseball Association (HBA), the Hilliard Girls Softball Association (HGSA), the Hilliard Optimist Basketball League (HOBL), Hilliard Girls Field Hockey, the Hilliard Ohio Soccer Association (HOSA), and the Hilliard Youth Lacrosse Association (HYLA).
- Hilliard City School District
- Hilliard Davidson High School
- Hilliard Darby High School
- Hilliard Bradley High School
- Hilliard Memorial Middle School
- Hilliard Weaver Middle School
- Hilliard Heritage Middle School
- Saint Brendan School
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