Introduction to Hamilton, Ohio

Hamilton, Ohio, in Butler county, is 17 miles N of Cincinnati, Ohio. The municipality is situated in southwestern Ohio. The city is recognized for its support of the arts and features a a wide variety of sculpture in the downtown area. It was labeled "The City of Sculpture" by an Ohio governor. Hamilton includes high-tech manufacturing facilities.

Hamilton History

In 1794 the area was known as Fairfield. Later, an army post was established named Fort Hamilton. It was incorporated as Hamilton in 1810 but lost its status in 1815 due to not holding elections. The community was reincorporated in 1827 and became a city in 1857. In the early days the city attracted a large number of German immigrants and their influence was noticeable in culture, food and architecture. Manufacturing, the paper industry and iron works, were flourishing during the early and mid-20th century.

Hamilton was severely damaged during the Great Dayton Flood of 1913. In the 1920s numerous gangsters from Chicago also had second homes in the municipality which caused Hamilton to be known as "Little Chicago." During World War II the city included numerous gambling and prostitution establishments which caused the military to declare that military personnel were not allowed to enter the city. During World War II supplies for the war were manufactured in the town.

Hamilton Attractions

  • The Butler County Courthouse features impressive architecture and is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The city includes numerous Victorian homes.
  • Hamilton Fairfield Symphony Orchestra
  • Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum
  • Great Miami River Days includes drag boat races, water ski shows and various rides and games.
  • Hamilton Ohio Scale Auto Raceway
  • Tri-State Dragway
  • Butler County Museum is an Italianate-style residence.
  • The Hamilton Historic District Walking Tour features three notable historic districts.
  • Heritage Hall
  • Lane Hooven House is an attractive Victorian Gothic home.
  • Monument Cabin is an historic structure.
  • Butler County Soldiers, Sailors & Pioneers Monument
  • Fitton Center for Creative Arts
  • Hamilton Summer Park Concert Series

Hamilton Activities

The residents enjoy the beautiful parks for outdoor activities. Some of the parks are situated in dense forests and other wooded settings. Crawford Woods, Sanders Park, Miami Woods, Joyce Park and Milkin Woods include scenic walking paths. The paved paths along the banks of the scenic Great Miami River are popular for walking and bicycle riding. The local ice rink is popular for hockey and skating.

Golf enthusiasts play at the numerous quality courses in the area. Residents enjoy the activities and professional sports events located in nearby Cincinnati. The nearby Kings Island amusement and recreational center and the Beach Waterpark are enjoyed by families. The Campbell Gard situated on the Great Miami River features rolling meadows and a scenic forest area.

Hamilton Higher Education

The city is home to Miami University Hamilton.


Total Population 62,359
Male Share of the Population 46%
Female Share of the Population 54%
Senior Citizens 13.2%
Employed Population 16+ 25,303
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 41%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.9%
Median Earnings25+ $31,862
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,757
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,557


Median Family Income $48,761
% Above Poverty Level 77.9%
% Below Poverty Level 22.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 31.1%
Median Gross Rent $739
Median House Value $99,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.2%
US/American 0%
English 8.3%
Irish 15.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hamilton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 17 miles N of Cincinnati, Ohio
County Butler
Standard Zip Codes 45011, 45013, 45014, 45015
P.O. Box Zip Codes 45012, 45018
Company Zip Codes 45025, 45026
Phone Area Codes 513
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.399
Longitude -84.561

Hamilton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 3.6 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 65 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 43 to 68 F
Annual Precip 43.3 inches
Distance 16.7 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 37 F
Apr Temp 39 to 64 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 40 to 67 F
Annual Precip 39.5 inches
Distance 21.1 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 39 to 65 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 68 F
Annual Precip 44.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Hamilton, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

City View Heights (45011)

Indian Springs (45014, 45015, 45013)

Liberty Townshp (45069)

Lindenwald (45015)

Pisgah (45069)

Princeton (45015)

Rossville (45013)

Saint Clair (45011)

West Chester (45069)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fairfield 42,678 $66,651
Forest Park 18,667 $52,025

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hamilton Public Libraries

Lane Public Library
300 N. THIRD ST.
Hamilton, Ohio
(513) 894-7156
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Hamilton Hospitals

(513) 454-1426
Emergency Service: No

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(513) 867-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Hamilton High Schools

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Student/teacher ratio: 19.9

Serves 848 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.4

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 403 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

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Wheel loading chute (Ford Motor Co) 1922 Dec. 17.
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