"On the Little Miami"
|• Mayor||Amy Vilardo|
|• Total||3.84 sq mi (9.94 km2)|
|• Land||3.71 sq mi (9.62 km2)|
|• Water||0.12 sq mi (0.32 km2)|
|Elevation||548 ft (167 m)|
|• Density||1,773.17/sq mi (684.55/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1061523|
Milford is a city in Clermont and Hamilton counties founded in 1796, in the U.S. state of Ohio, along the Little Miami River and its East Fork in the southwestern part of the state. It is a part of the Greater Cincinnati metropolitan area. The population was 6,710 at the 2010 census.
Nancarrow and Hageman
“No wonder, then, that it struck with rapture the quaint and eccentric John Nancarrow, who had it surveyed for him on May 28, 1788 as Dutch burgomaster intended to found a city that should become the future metropolis of the West” (Louis Everts, 1880, p. 473).
The area within Milford, Old Milford, and O'Bannon Township were all built on a survey by John Nancarrow, a Revolutionary War veteran from Virginia. O'Bannon, now Miami, Township was named for Clermont's first surveyor. A field along Gatch Avenue on what was once the farm of John Gatch has yielded large numbers of artifacts for several generations; it is now believed to have been the site of a Native American village during the Woodland period. The settlement commenced in 1796 near where two river ways—the Little Miami River and its East Fork—come together, later better-named Milford. The first Methodist class in the Northwest Territory was begun there in 1797. Due to a great Methodist influence, including the life of Rev. Francis McCormick, Milford is at the root of Methodist religious heritage westward from Appalachia. Nancarrow, the first surveyor, sold his share of 230 acres (0.93 km2) of land to Philip Gatch on December 20, 1802, for a total of $920.00. Four years later, Gatch decided to sell 125 acres (0.51 km2) to Ambrose Ranson who, soon after, sold 64 acres (260,000 m2) to John Hageman. Hageman became the first long settler, naming the valley Hageman's Mills. Nowadays, the field next to Gatch's Estate belongs to the Valley View conservancy, having been an archaeological site called the Gatch Site.
After generations as a village, in 1982 after a census count of 5232, Milford attained city status.
Milford Schools has ~6,000 students, and on the 2016-17 state report card, they ranked within the top 4% in State performance, in the top 10 of all Greater Cincinnati schools. The high school and junior high school share a scenic campus in the Miami Hills. The six neighborhood schools are Boyd E. Smith, Meadowview, McCormick, Pattison, Mulberry, and Charles Seipelt. The Promont houses the Greater Milford Area Historical Society and yearbooks of all Milford classes, and the city has a branch of Clermont County Public Library.
Outdoors and commerce
Milford is located at  According to the United States Census Bureau, Milford has a total area of 3.86 square miles (10.00 km2), of which 3.73 square miles (9.66 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.31 km2) is water. The Little Miami Bike Trail, which runs from Newtown to Springfield, Ohio, runs through Milford where several major hiking trails converge, including the American Discovery Trail, the Sea to Sea Long Distance Hiking Route, and the Underground Railroad Cycling Route. Ancient mounds have been found, and made more visible by overhead scans; at the city cemetery, Greenlawn.(39.174883, -84.284383).
Area businesses and groups with substantial operations in Milford or adjacent townships include the headquarters of Penn Station sandwiches, Siemens Digital Industries Software, Total Quality Logistics, Overhoff Technology the North American headquarters of Tata, and the United Church of God.
- Milford Frontier Days, main city fair
- Art Affaire, a yearly crafts festival
- Halloween Block Party
As of the census of 2010, there were 6,709 people, 3,019 households, and 1,572 families living in the city. The population density was 1,798.7 inhabitants per square mile (694.5/km2). There were 3,291 housing units at an average density of 882.3 per square mile (340.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.6% White, 2.3% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.
There were 3,019 households, of which 25.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.0% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.9% were non-families. 41.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.92.
The median age in the city was 43.2 years. 21.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.3% were from 25 to 44; 25.5% were from 45 to 64; and 21.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 45.2% male and 54.8% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,284 people, 2,945 households, and 1,534 families living in the city. The population density was 1,672.1 people per square mile (645.3/km2). There were 3,112 housing units at an average density of 828.0 per square mile (319.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.08% White, 3.33% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.91% of the population.
There were 2,945 households, out of which 24.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.5% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.9% were non-families. 43.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.92.
In the city the population was spread out, with 22.6% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 21.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 81.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,923, and the median income for a family was $51,919. Males had a median income of $36,538 versus $25,873 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,529. About 4.1% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.6% of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over.
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