New Bremen, Ohio

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New Bremen, Ohio
The William Luelleman House, a historic house along the canal
The William Luelleman House, a historic house along the canal
Official seal of New Bremen, Ohio
Seal
Motto(s): 
Promise, Peace, Prosperity
Location of New Bremen, Ohio
Location of New Bremen, Ohio
Location of New Bremen in Auglaize County
Location of New Bremen in Auglaize County
Coordinates: 40°26′11″N 84°22′46″W / 40.43639°N 84.37944°W / 40.43639; -84.37944Coordinates: 40°26′11″N 84°22′46″W / 40.43639°N 84.37944°W / 40.43639; -84.37944
CountryUnited States
StateOhio
CountyAuglaize
Government
 • MayorJeff Pape
Area
 • Total2.15 sq mi (5.57 km2)
 • Land2.15 sq mi (5.57 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation945 ft (288 m)
Population
 • Total2,978
 • Estimate 
(2012[4])
2,979
 • Density1,385.1/sq mi (534.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
45869
Area code(s)419
FIPS code39-54194[5]
GNIS feature ID1065111[2]
Websitehttp://www.newbremen.com/

New Bremen (/ˈbrmʌn/) is a village in Auglaize County, Ohio, United States. The population was 2,978 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Wapakoneta, Ohio Micropolitan Statistical Area. The village is adjacent to Minster to the south.

The village was founded by German immigrants in 1832 and is named after Bremen.[6] It is home to the Bicycle Museum of America. New Bremen is also the world headquarters of Crown Equipment Corporation.

History[edit]

The town was first a farming community started by Bavarians and Hanoverians, following a route from Bremen, Germany to America, through West Virginia and along the Ohio River to Cincinnati. Once Cincinnati was reached the founders formed a group called the City of Bremen Society, which drew up a charter among its 33 members. This charter authorized the purchase of 80 acres of Ohio land to build a town. Land within German Township was first established as a farming community in 1832, and by 1833 the plat of Bremen was recorded with 102 shares of land to be given away by lottery.[7]

A village was established, but growth had been stunted by lack of accessible markets, and malaria. Transportation through swampy terrain was slow and expensive compared to other areas. This all would change with the completion of the Miami and Erie Canal. There were so few in the town that subcontractors had to rely on "jiggers" or 2oz bottles of whiskey to attract workers. The Canal was soon finished and opened. When opened, the Canal brought new markets to New Bremen, lowering transportation costs thus adding value to agricultural products that before the canal had little cash value. Increased potential profitability also lowered the risks of additional investments. The town became a busy place very quickly, with hundreds of freight boats moving frequently, along with dozens of passenger boats filled with people making the trip from Cincinnati.[8] The locks from the Canal have been restored, along with the addition of a lock keeper's house and can be seen in New Bremen's downtown area.

Geography[edit]

New Bremen is located at 40°26′11″N 84°22′46″W / 40.43639°N 84.37944°W / 40.43639; -84.37944 (40.436301, -84.379542).[9]

The southern edge of New Bremen is the most southern point of the St Lawrence River Basin which covers an area of 519,000 sq. miles. This feat is achieved by being the headwaters of the St. Mary's River, which is a tributary of the Maumee River. The Maumee River and basin (8316 sq miles) is the largest and most southern tributary of Lake Erie and any of the Great Lakes.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.15 square miles (5.57 km2), all land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850344
186037910.2%
187052839.3%
18801,169121.4%
18901,2396.0%
19001,3186.4%
19101,58620.3%
19201,562−1.5%
19301,485−4.9%
19401,484−0.1%
19501,5484.3%
19601,97227.4%
19702,18510.8%
19802,3939.5%
19902,5586.9%
20002,90913.7%
20102,9782.4%
Est. 20172,973[10]−0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 2,978 people, 1,145 households, and 841 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,385.1 inhabitants per square mile (534.8/km2). There were 1,266 housing units at an average density of 588.8 per square mile (227.3/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.8% White, 0.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.

There were 1,145 households of which 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.3% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.6% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.12.

The median age in the village was 38.2 years. 27.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.4% were from 25 to 44; 27.4% were from 45 to 64; and 12% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.8% male and 50.2% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 2,909 people, 1,073 households, and 792 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,410.5 people per square mile (545.2/km²). There were 1,131 housing units at an average density of 548.4 per square mile (212.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.28% White, 0.03% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.31% of the population.

There were 1,073 households out of which 40.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.6% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.1% were non-families. 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.26.

In the village, the population was spread out with 31.6% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $51,643, and the median income for a family was $61,011. Males had a median income of $37,324 versus $24,979 for females. The per capita income for the village was $20,401. About 0.8% of families and 1.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The New Bremen Local Schools system consists of a high school, middle school, and elementary school.[12] New Bremen has a public library, a branch of the Auglaize County Public Library.[13]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2013-01-06.
  2. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-06.
  4. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ Overman, William Daniel (1958). Ohio Town Names. Akron, OH: Atlantic Press. p. 96.
  7. ^ "New Bremen History | New Bremen". www.newbremen.com. Retrieved 2016-11-09.
  8. ^ "Building An Opportunity | New Bremen". www.newbremen.com. Retrieved 2016-11-09.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "Schools". New Bremen Local Schools. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Hours & Locations". Auglaize County Libraries. Retrieved 25 February 2018.

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