New Richmond, Ohio
New Richmond, Ohio
Looking south on Front Street
Location of New Richmond, Ohio
Location of New Richmond in Clermont County
|Surveyed||June 3, 1778|
|Established||September 22, 1814|
|• Mayor||Ramona Carr|
|• Total||3.72 sq mi (9.63 km2)|
|• Land||3.41 sq mi (8.83 km2)|
|• Water||0.31 sq mi (0.80 km2)|
|Elevation||469 ft (143 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||757.2/sq mi (292.4/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1068211|
New Richmond, also known as New Richmond on the Ohio, is a village in Ohio and Pierce townships in Clermont County, Ohio, United States, founded in 1814, along the Ohio River. The population was 2,582 at the 2010 census.
New Richmond was once the largest and most flourishing village in Clermont County. Located along the banks of the Ohio River, it had a superior location about twenty miles east and south of Cincinnati.
Present-day New Richmond was surveyed on June 3, 1778, consisting of Robert Beal's 1,000-acre (400 ha) survey No. 847 (purchased by Gen. William Lytle and sold to Thomas Ashburn in 1813) and David Jackson's 333-acre (135 ha) survey No. 1539 (purchased by Jacob Light in 1804). Light laid out the village on September 19–22, 1814, reportedly with the help of his nephew, who suggested the name of his hometown of Richmond, Virginia. In February 1816, Ashburn platted the village of Susanna (named for his second wife) adjoining the upper east side of New Richmond. Among the principal features of Susanna was a large promenade along the Ohio River which still exists today as Captain Ernest Wagner Park.
In 1817, the Ohio General Assembly formed Brown County out of Clermont County's eastern half, leaving Clermont County's courthouse in Williamsburgh at the far eastern edge of the county. In 1823, despite opposition in Williamsburgh, the General Assembly moved the county seat to New Richmond. No courthouse was ever built there; only a year later, a central location for the county seat was found in Batavia.
Most of New Richmond lies on the floodplain of the Ohio River, making it vulnerable to severe flooding. Some of the first recorded floods occurred in 1898, 1907, and 1913. In the Great Flood of 1937, the worst natural disaster in New Richmond's history, the village lost 250 homes out of 415 total. Floods in 1955, 1964, 1967, 1997 and 2018 again devastated the village. The March 1997 flood sent 6 feet (1.8 m) of floodwaters "the color of coffee with milk" up Center Street and into the homes of about two-thirds of the village's population of 2,500. Houses were found covered in "several feet of river slime", and the New Richmond School District closed for at least a week. Residents relied on personal boats for transportation between rooftops or for evacuation. Governor George Voinovich visited New Richmond High School, which was being used as a Red Cross shelter for flood victims.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,582 people, 980 households, and 658 families residing in the village. The population density was 757.2 inhabitants per square mile (292.4/km2). There were 1,133 housing units at an average density of 332.3 per square mile (128.3/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.6% White, 1.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.
There were 980 households of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.9% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.16.
The median age in the village was 36.7 years. 28.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.9% were from 25 to 44; 28.4% were from 45 to 64; and 10.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 50.1% male and 49.9% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,219 people, 788 households, and 580 families residing in the village. The population density was 644.6 people per square mile (249.1/km²). There were 888 housing units at an average density of 258.0 per square mile (99.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.26% White, 2.34% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.72% of the population.
There were 788 households out of which 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.3% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.25.
In the village, the population was spread out with 29.6% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.6 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $40,000, and the median income for a family was $44,271. Males had a median income of $34,318 versus $24,792 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,744. About 14.3% of families and 17.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.0% of those under age 18 and 21.4% of those age 65 or over.
The New Richmond Exempted Village School District consists of five schools: Locust Corner, Monroe, and New Richmond Elementary Schools; New Richmond Middle School; and New Richmond High School. The district has been rated Excellent by the Ohio Department of Education for the 2009-2010 school year. 
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- Pvt. Edgar R. Aston – soldier during the Apache Wars and Medal of Honor recipient
- Todd Benzinger – professional baseball player, San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds
- James G. Birney – abolitionist and two-time Liberty Party presidential nominee
- Earl Cranston – a bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church
- Albert P. Forsythe – Greenback member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Lauder William Jones – chemist
- Tom Niehaus – Former President of the Ohio Senate
- Hank Schenz – professional baseball player, New York Giants,
- Rose Vesper - Ohio House of Representatives from 1993-2000 for the 72nd District
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When the river crested March 5 at 64.7 feet, the worst flooding since 1964 left New Richmond soaked and stunned but not subdued.
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Opaque water the color of coffee with milk flowed 6 feet deep on Center Street.
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The pledge drew smiles from stressed New Richmond leaders, who found several feet of river slime Friday when they returned to the evacuated village.
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- New Richmond Knothole Association
- New Richmond Soccer Association
- New Richmond Youth Basketball
- New Richmond Youth Softball
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