Russia, Ohio

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Russia, Ohio
St. Remy Catholic Church, a community landmark
St. Remy Catholic Church, a community landmark
Location of Russia, Ohio
Location of Russia, Ohio
Location of Russia in Shelby County
Location of Russia in Shelby County
Coordinates: 40°14′5″N 84°24′37″W / 40.23472°N 84.41028°W / 40.23472; -84.41028Coordinates: 40°14′5″N 84°24′37″W / 40.23472°N 84.41028°W / 40.23472; -84.41028
CountryUnited States
 • MayorTerence “Tatum” Daugherty
 • Total0.79 sq mi (2.05 km2)
 • Land0.78 sq mi (2.02 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation970 ft (295 m)
 • Total640
 • Estimate 
 • Density820.5/sq mi (316.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)937
FIPS code39-69344[5]
GNIS feature ID1049142[2]

Russia /ˈrʃ/ is a village in Loramie Township, Shelby County, Ohio, United States. The population was 640 at the 2010 census. The correct local pronunciation is "ROO-shee", with the emphasis on the first syllable.


Russia was founded by Lewis Phillips, who purchased and plotted the land where the village now sits. Phillips' house, built in 1853, was the first house in Russia; other settlers followed by the late 1850s. Phillips was also the first businessman in the village, opening a grocery store in 1853. Later settlers soon founded a dry goods store and multiple sawmills; Russia's economy was once heavily dependent on its sawmills. Among the earliest settlers were French-speaking Swiss who had served under Napoléon Bonaparte during the war with Russia.[6]:365 According to tradition, the village's name commemorates a battle these veterans had fought in Russia.[7]

Russia was established in an area that was already predominately French. In the early part of the nineteenth century, a large number of emigrants from Alsace, Lorraine, and other parts of France settled in southwestern Shelby County and the adjacent portions of northeastern Darke County. Besides Russia, these immigrants founded the communities of Frenchtown and Versailles. By the middle of the 1850s, the heavily Roman Catholic population had grown to the point that multiple parishes were established in the area. A log church was built and dedicated to Saint Remigius, the patron saint of France, and Mass was first celebrated there on June 15, 1854. The congregation soon outgrew its building and constructed a new brick church; when it became too small, a larger brick church was constructed and completed in 1892.[6]:367 The village is one of many small communities in a heavily Catholic region of western Ohio known as the "Land of the Cross-Tipped Churches".[8]


Russia is located at 40°14′5″N 84°24′37″W / 40.23472°N 84.41028°W / 40.23472; -84.41028 (40.234696, −84.410416).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.79 square miles (2.05 km2), of which 0.78 square miles (2.02 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[1]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2018666[4]4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

The median income for a household in the village was $56,035.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 640 people, 224 households, and 173 families residing in the village. The population density was 820.5 inhabitants per square mile (316.8/km2). There were 242 housing units at an average density of 310.3 per square mile (119.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 99.2% White and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.2% of the population.

There were 224 households of which 44.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.6% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 22.8% were non-families. 21.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.34.

The median age in the village was 31.6 years. 35% of residents were under the age of 18; 8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24% were from 25 to 44; 19.8% were from 45 to 64; and 13.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.


Russia has a public library, a branch of Shelby County Libraries.[11] The town is home to one school, Russia Local School, which enrolls grades K-12. The school's athletic programs' mascot is the Raider.

Village Flag[edit]

The village flag

Symbols and colors were selected to underscore the town's French and Catholic heritage in addition to how agriculture and industry largely contributed to the development of the community over time.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. 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. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ a b Hitchcock, Almon Baldwin Carrington (1913). History of Shelby County, Ohio, and representative citizens. p. 365.
  7. ^ Overman, William Daniel (1958). Ohio Town Names. Akron, OH: Atlantic Press. p. 121.
  8. ^ Brown, Mary Ann and Mary Niekamp. National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Cross-Tipped Churches Thematic Resources, 6. National Park Service, July 1978. Accessed 2010-02-26.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "Locations". Shelby County Libraries. Retrieved 3 March 2018.

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