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Brilliant, Ohio
Brilliant's welcome sign
Brilliant's welcome sign
Location of Brilliant, Ohio
Location of Brilliant, Ohio
Coordinates: 40°15′53″N 80°37′34″W / 40.26472°N 80.62611°W / 40.26472; -80.62611Coordinates: 40°15′53″N 80°37′34″W / 40.26472°N 80.62611°W / 40.26472; -80.62611
Country United States
State Ohio
County Jefferson
Township Wells
Area
 • Total 1.77 sq mi (4.58 km2)
 • Land 1.75 sq mi (4.54 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation
680 ft (210 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,482
 • Density 845/sq mi (326.3/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
43913
Area code(s) 740
FIPS code 39-08812
GNIS Feature ID 1064493

Brilliant is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Jefferson County, Ohio, United States, along the Ohio River. It was named after the Brilliant Glass factory that once was located in the town. Although unincorporated, Brilliant has a post office, bearing the ZIP code 43913. It is located along Ohio State Route 7. Brilliant is part of the Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 1,482.

Brilliant was formerly incorporated as a village, but it disincorporated on November 24, 1993.

History

Brilliant was laid out in 1819 by Philip Doddridge under the name Philipsburg. The location was considered significant to commerce as it was the convergence of many roads in close proximity to the Ohio River. A new addition was laid out in 1836 named La Grange, a name also adopted by the railway station in 1856. In 1880, the Brilliant Glass Company was established and a glass factory was built at La Grange. The town later adopted the name of the glass company and was incorporated as Brilliant, changing the titles of the railway station and post office.

Geography

According to the 2010 census, the CDP has a total area of 1.77 square miles (4.6 km2), of which 1.75 square miles (4.5 km2) (or 98.87%) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.026 km2) (or 0.56%) is water.

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Brilliant has a Humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Climate data for Brilliant, Ohio
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 2.8
(37)
3.9
(39)
10
(50)
16.7
(62)
22.8
(73)
26.7
(80)
28.9
(84)
27.8
(82)
25
(77)
17.8
(64)
10.6
(51)
5
(41)
15.6
(60)
Average low °C (°F) -6.1
(21)
-5
(23)
-1.1
(30)
2.8
(37)
7.8
(46)
12.8
(55)
15
(59)
13.9
(57)
10.6
(51)
5
(41)
0
(32)
-4.4
(24)
3.9
(39)
Precipitation mm (inches) 74
(2.9)
61
(2.4)
86
(3.4)
86
(3.4)
99
(3.9)
107
(4.2)
112
(4.4)
94
(3.7)
79
(3.1)
69
(2.7)
69
(2.7)
71
(2.8)
1,003
(39.5)
Source: Weatherbase

Education

Public education in the community of Brilliant is provided by the Buckeye Local School District. Public high school students in the city attend Buckeye Local High School; Brilliant High School formerly served as the high school in the city.

Brilliant has a public library, a branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County.

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