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Centerville, Ohio
Centerville Historic District
Centerville Historic District
Official seal of Centerville, Ohio
"Progress, Stability"
Location in Montgomery County and the state of Ohio.
Location in Montgomery County and the state of Ohio.
Country United States
State Ohio
County Montgomery
Founded 1796
Incorporated 1968
 • Total 11.03 sq mi (28.57 km2)
 • Land 10.97 sq mi (28.41 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.15 km2)
1,020 ft (310 m)
 • Total 24,240
 • Density 2,209.66/sq mi (853.22/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
45440, 45458-45459
Area code(s) 937, 326
FIPS code 39-13190
GNIS feature ID 1056237
Website The City of Centerville, Ohio

Centerville is a city in Montgomery County, Ohio, United States. A core suburb of Metro Dayton, its population was 24,240 as of the 2020 census.


Centerville is located at 39°38′19″N 84°8′53″W / 39.63861°N 84.14806°W / 39.63861; -84.14806 (39.638709, -84.148087). Although the city is located primarily in Montgomery County, a small portion is located in Greene County.

Centreville Municipal Building Centerville OH USA
Centerville Municipal Building, the seat of government for the city

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.85 square miles (28.10 km2), of which 10.78 square miles (27.92 km2) is land and 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2) is water.

Centerville and Washington Township voted November 4, 2008 on whether to create a merger commission. The proposed merger commission succeeded in the city but failed in the township.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 274
1890 252 −8.0%
1900 290 15.1%
1910 353 21.7%
1920 335 −5.1%
1930 400 19.4%
1940 561 40.3%
1950 827 47.4%
1960 3,490 322.0%
1970 10,333 196.1%
1980 18,886 82.8%
1990 21,082 11.6%
2000 23,024 9.2%
2010 23,999 4.2%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 23,999 people, 10,693 households, and 6,694 families living in the city. The population density was 2,226.3 inhabitants per square mile (859.6/km2). There were 11,421 housing units at an average density of 1,059.5 per square mile (409.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.2% White, 4.0% African American, 0.2% Native American, 3.2% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

There were 10,693 households, of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.3% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.4% were non-families. 32.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.78.

The median age in the city was 46.9 years. 20.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.8% were from 25 to 44; 28.4% were from 45 to 64; and 24.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.2% male and 53.8% female.

Arts and culture

Stone houses

Centerville has the largest collection of early stone houses in the state of Ohio. Many are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Town Hall Theatre

The Town Hall Theatre is located in the "Heart of Centerville" and has been serving the community for over 70 years.

Heart of Centerville

The Heart of Centerville features a selection of boutiques, restaurants and businesses in a historic setting which includes Ohio's largest collection of early stone buildings.

Sister cities

Centerville has two sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International:


Public schools

Centerville Public Schools are part of the Centerville City School District. The district has a preschool which is located in each of the two elementary schools teaching kindergarten to first grade. The district also has six elementary schools teaching second through fifth grade, three middle schools teaching sixth through eight grade, as well as one high school and an alternative high school.

The other public schools in this district include:

  • Centerville Primary Village North
  • Centerville Primary Village South (2007)
  • Normandy Elementary School (1963)
  • Stingley Elementary School
  • Driscoll Elementary School
  • Weller Elementary
  • W.O. Cline Elementary School (1955)
  • John Hole Elementary School
  • C.W. Magsig Middle School (1924)
  • Hadley E. Watts Middle School (1969)
  • Tower Heights Middle School (1966)
  • Centerville School of Possibilities
  • Centerville High School (1973)
Centerville High School Main Entrance May 2014
Main entrance of Centerville High School, taken May 9, 2014

Private schools

There is also one Catholic K-8 School and a Seventh-day Adventist Pre-12 Preparatory School serving the city. Several of the public and private schools have achieved blue ribbon status.

Public library

Nationally ranked Washington-Centerville Public Library offers residents access to more than 380,000 books, audios, movies, and music as well as educational programs, community services, and research assistance for youth and adults.

Notable people

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