Anderson Township, Hamilton County, Ohio

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Anderson Township, Hamilton County, Ohio
Miller-Leuser Log House, built 1796
Official seal of Anderson Township, Hamilton County, Ohio
Location in Hamilton County and the state of Ohio.
Location in Hamilton County and the state of Ohio.
Coordinates: 39°5′19″N 84°21′36″W / 39.08861°N 84.36000°W / 39.08861; -84.36000Coordinates: 39°5′19″N 84°21′36″W / 39.08861°N 84.36000°W / 39.08861; -84.36000
CountryUnited States
Named forRichard Clough Anderson Sr.
 • TypeBoard of Trustees
 • TrusteeDee Stone
 • TrusteeJosh Gerth
 • TrusteeAndrew Pappas
 • Fiscal OfficerKen Dietz
 • Total31.2 sq mi (80.8 km2)
 • Land30.3 sq mi (78.6 km2)
 • Water0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)
Elevation725 ft (221 m)
 • Total43,446
 • Density1,400/sq mi (540/km2)
Time zoneUTC-05:00 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-04:00 (EDT)
ZIP code
45230, 45244, and 45255
Area code(s)513
FIPS code39-01980[3]
GNIS feature ID1086197[2]

Anderson Township is a township located southeastern Hamilton County along the Ohio and Little Miami Rivers, approximately 13 miles southeast of downtown Cincinnati. The 2010 census found 43,446 people in the township,[4] making it one of the most populous townships in the state of Ohio.[5]


Anderson Township's earliest settlement came in 1788, when pioneer Benjamin Stites settled near the mouth of the Little Miami River. The treaty of Easton forbade entering Ohio. but because England had been run out in the Revolutionary War, the local natives did not know treaty was void. The township was organized in 1793 as part of the Virginia Military District and was bounded by the Ohio and Little Miami Rivers, and the mouth of the Eight Mile Creek to the east. The township was important during its early days as the site of Flinn's Ford, the southernmost crossing of the Little Miami River. Anderson Township remained mainly undeveloped forest and agricultural land until post-World War II suburbanization brought new infrastructure to the community. The population grew by an average of 1,000 persons per year from the 1950s through the early 1990s bringing massive residential and commercial developments to the area.[6] Anderson Township is named for Richard Clough Anderson Sr., Virginia's chief surveyor when the township was created.[7]

Anderson Township became a qualified Tree City USA as recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation in 2009.[8]


Located in the southeastern corner of the county along the Ohio River, Anderson Township has the following borders:

Anderson Township includes the following census-designated places:

The township is composed of 31.2 square miles (80.8 km2) of rolling hills with steep, wooded hillsides leading down to the Little Miami and Ohio rivers. As of 1990, 36% of Anderson Township had been developed into suburban communities for Cincinnati, 13% into farmland, and the remainder being left as woodland.


As of the census[9] of 2010, there were 43,446 people in the township. The population density was 1,392.5 people per square mile. There were 16,684 housing units at an average density of 534.7/sq mile). The racial makeup of the township was 86.9% White, 7.1% African American, and 6.0% of all other races combined.

In the township the population was spread out, with 29.9% under the age of 20, 12.4% from 20 to 34, 22.0% from 35 to 49, 22.1% from 50 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. For every 100 females there were 93.9 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $88,008.


The township is governed by a three-member board of trustees, who are elected in November of odd-numbered years to a four-year term beginning on the following January 1. Two are elected in the year after the presidential election and one is elected in the year before it. There is also an elected township fiscal officer, who serves a four-year term beginning on April 1 of the year after the election, which is held in November of the year before the presidential election. Vacancies in the fiscal officership or on the board of trustees are filled by the remaining trustees. Anderson Township is also a member of the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments.

Police and fire services[edit]

Police services are provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. Fire and Emergency Medical Services are provided by the Anderson Township Fire Department.


Major roads[edit]

Anderson Township is served by Interstate 275, US Route 52, State Route 32 and State Route 125 (Beechmont Avenue). Interstate 275 crosses the Ohio River into Kentucky near the southern border of the township on the Combs-Hehl Bridge. Anderson Township is also in close proximity to US Route 27, US Route 50 and Interstate 471.


Anderson Township is served by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, which provides local and commuter bus service on various routes to and from the township. Uber and Lyft operate in the township.


Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport (IATA: LUK) provides private and limited amounts of commercial air service and is located immediately southwest of the township near the confluence of the Ohio and Little Miami Rivers. The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (IATA: CVG) provides most commercial air service to the area and is located approximately 20 miles southwest in nearby Hebron, Kentucky.


Rail service is provided by Norfolk Southern Railway in the northernmost portions of the township on a rail line between Cincinnati and Portsmouth.



Nearly all of Anderson Township is located in the Forest Hills Local School District.[9] The district boasts an "Excellent with Distinction" rating from Ohio Department of Education.

Forest Hills Local School District serves an approximate student population of 7,655 in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. The district employs 422 full-time classroom teachers and the district's overall student/teacher ratio is 18.1:1, with an instructional expense of $4,048 per student.[10]

Schools within the district include:

  • Anderson High School
  • Ayer Elementary School
  • Maddux Elementary School
  • Mercer Elementary School
  • Nagel Middle School
  • Sherwood Elementary School
  • Summit Elementary School
  • Turpin High School
  • Wilson Elementary School

In 2005, the Forest Hills School District was presented a banner from the Ohio Department of Education recognizing the achievement of receiving an "Excellent" rating on the State Report Card for five consecutive years. Only 47 of the state's 614 school districts have achieved an Excellent rating for five consecutive years putting the district in the top 8 percent of districts in the state. This was achieved with more than 7,000 students and by spending less per pupil than many of the other school districts that are rated excellent.[9]


Anderson Township is served by a branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.,[11] and consistently has one of the highest rates of circulation of the Library's branches.

Notable people[edit]


Anderson Township is home to Coney Island Amusement Park, Sunlite Pool, Riverbend Music Center and Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment Center. It has become known to its numerous parks, greenspaces and outdoor activities. The Anderson Parks district is an impressive organization supporting 9 parks and an indoor RecPlex, totaling over 500 acres of land.[13] The Anderson Foundation for Parks & Recreation was established in 1991 to help support these parks and expand their offerings and mission.[14]


  1. ^ "Township Government". Anderson Township Website. Anderson Township. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  2. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Anderson township, Hamilton County, Ohio". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  5. ^ Hamilton County, Ohio — Population by Places Estimates Archived 2016-08-17 at the Wayback Machine Ohio State University, 2007. Accessed 15 May 2007.
  6. ^ "Anderson Township, Ohio > About > History". Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  7. ^ "Existing Conditions" (of the Clough-Hunley Business District), Anderson Township website [1] Archived 2009-03-26 at the Wayback Machine, accessed 2008-04-21
  8. ^ "Tree Cities Ohio" [2]. " Arbor Day Foundation accessed 18 September 2020.
  9. ^ a b c Population, Socioeconomic & Housing Characteristics Archived 2009-03-26 at the Wayback Machine, Anderson Township. Accessed 2009-01-12.
  10. ^ "Forest Hills Local School District Information and School Reports". Archived from the original on 2006-05-30. Retrieved 2008-06-04.
  11. ^ "Anderson Branch". Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  12. ^ Williams, Jason. "Hamilton Co. elects ex-P&G exec Ohio's first Hispanic female judge". The Enquirer. Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  13. ^ "Parks & Facilities". Anderson Park District. Retrieved 2020-10-10.
  14. ^ "Home". Anderson Foundation. Retrieved 2020-10-10.

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