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
Country United States
State Ohio
County Hamilton
Settled 1788
Organized 1793
Named for Richard Clough Anderson
 • Type Board of Trustees
 • Trustee Russ Jackson
 • Trustee Josh Gerth
 • Trustee Andrew Pappas
 • Fiscal Officer Ken Dietz
 • Total 31.2 sq mi (80.8 km2)
 • Land 30.3 sq mi (78.6 km2)
 • Water 0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)
Elevation[2] 725 ft (221 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 43,446
 • Density 1,400/sq mi (540/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-05:00)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-04:00)
ZIP code 45230, 45244, 45245, 45255
Area code(s) 513
FIPS code 39-01980[3]
GNIS feature ID 1086197[2]

Anderson Township is one of the twelve townships of Hamilton County, Ohio, United States. Located in the southeastern part of the county and about 20 minutes from downtown, the township has been named one of the Cincinnati area's most desirable neighborhoods to live.[4] The 2010 census found 43,446 people in the township,[5] making it one of the most populous townships in the state of Ohio.[6]


The first residents came in 1788, when Benjamin Stites settled at the mouth of the Little Miami River. A historical marker commemorates this location at the end of Elstun Road in Anderson. The township was important in its early days as the site of Flinn's Ford, the southernmost crossing of the Little Miami River.

Anderson was the fifth township organized in Hamilton County in 1793.[7] Being east of the Little Miami River, it was part of the Virginia Military District. Newtown, then called Mercersburg, was first settled in 1792.

In 1976, a chain of parks called the Anderson Park District was started in the township.

In 2004, the township became home to the second-largest Kroger store, the largest being in Salt Lake City, Utah. This store is currently proposing an expansion.

In 2014, Belterra Park Gaming and Entertainment Center opened their new $300 Million facility on the site of the former River Downs.

Mercy Health's Anderson Hospital, which opened in October 1984, is currently undergoing a major expansion and renovation project.


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

Two municipalities are located within the original boundaries of Anderson Township: part of the city of Cincinnati (the county seat of Hamilton County) in the west (the neighborhood of Mount Washington), and the village of Newtown in the north. Newtown became independent of the township in the 1960s.[8] Much of the township is encompassed in one of 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 94.9% White, 1.1% African American, and 4.0% 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 only Anderson Township statewide, it was named for Richard Clough Anderson, Virginia's chief surveyor when the township was created.[10]


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.


Interstate 275 and State Route 125 cross the township from east to west, and the interstate bridge to northern Kentucky is located near the border of the southwest section (but actually within the Cincinnati city limits). State Route 125's span through Anderson Township is known as Beechmont Avenue, and is the center of the township's economy because of its central location. State Route 32 runs through the northern part of the township. It is known as the Cincinnati-Batavia Pike. Along the Ohio River, Kellogg Road (US 52) traverses the Township connecting southern Ohio communities with Cincinnati.

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) operates several bus routes that serve Anderson Township.


Nearly all of Anderson Township is located in the Forest Hills Local School District, with its two high schools, Anderson and Turpin, although some residents are located in the City of Cincinnati Public Schools.[9] The Forest Hills School District boasts an "Excellent with Distinction" rating from the state of Ohio.

Forest Hills Local School District serves an approximate student population of 7,655 in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. With 422 full-time classroom teachers, the district's overall student/teacher ratio is 18.1:1. There are 9 schools associated with the agency, which is classified as being in a large city (Cincinnati). Forest Hills Local S.D. allocates approximately $4,048 per pupil for instructional expenses.[11]

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 FHSD 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.,[12] and consistently has one of the highest rates of circulation of the Library's branches.


  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. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ Anderson Township
  5. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Anderson township, Hamilton County, Ohio". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ Hamilton County, Ohio — Population by Places Estimates Ohio State University, 2007. Accessed 15 May 2007.
  7. ^ "Anderson Township History". Anderson Township Website. Anderson Township. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Village of Newtown, Ohio, village website. Accessed 2008-05-27.
  9. ^ a b c Population, Socioeconomic & Housing Characteristics, Anderson Township. Accessed 2009-01-12.
  10. ^ "Existing Conditions" (of the Clough-Hunley Business District), Anderson Township website [1], accessed 2008-04-21
  11. ^ Forest Hills Local School District Information and School Reports
  12. ^ "Anderson Branch". Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 

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