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Dublin, Ohio
City of Dublin
Dublin City Hall
Dublin City Hall
Official seal of Dublin, Ohio
Seal
Motto(s): 
"Where Yesterday Meets Tomorrow!"
Country United States
State Ohio
Counties Franklin, Delaware, Union
City status 1987
Area
 • City 25.03 sq mi (64.82 km2)
 • Land 24.67 sq mi (63.89 km2)
 • Water 0.36 sq mi (0.93 km2)  1.45%
Elevation
830 ft (253 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • City 49,328
 • Estimate 
(2019)
49,037
 • Density 1,987.88/sq mi (767.53/km2)
 • Metro
1,773,120
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP codes
43016-43017
Area code(s) 614 and 380
FIPS code 39-22694
GNIS feature ID 1056264
Website City of Dublin, Ohio

Dublin is a city in Franklin County in the U.S. state of Ohio. The population was 49,328 in the 2020 census with a census estimate of 49,037 in 2019. Dublin is a suburb of Columbus. The city of Dublin hosts the yearly Memorial Tournament at the Muirfield Village Golf Club. The Dublin Irish Festival (called Dublin Irish Days in 2021) advertises itself as the largest three-day Irish festival in the world.

History

Although its earliest settlements date back to 1802, the village that became Dublin did not begin to take shape until the arrival of the Sells family from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Brothers Peter and Benjamin Sells purchased 400 acres (1.6 km²) of land on the west bank of the Scioto River as a gift for their brother John. In 1808, John Sells brought his family to the region, and by 1810 he had begun to survey lots for the new village with his partner, an Irish gentleman named John Shields. According to historians, Shields is responsible for naming the town after his birthplace:

"If I have the honor conferred upon me to name your village, with the brightness of the morn, and the beaming of the sun on the hills and dales surrounding this beautiful valley, it would give me great pleasure to name your new town after my birthplace, Dublin, Ireland."

By 1833, Dublin contained several mills and only one store. In 1970, Dublin was still a small town with only 681 residents. However, the construction of Interstate 270 facilitated a population boom, spearheaded by the acquisition of major corporate headquarters such as Ashland Inc and Wendy's International. In addition, the growth of the Muirfield Village Golf Club and its residential subdivision attracted numerous affluent citizens to the rapidly growing suburb. Dublin was officially declared a city in 1987, after reaching a population of 5,000 residents.

As part of this boom Dublin significantly expanded its area, annexing parts of Washington, Perry, Concord, and Jerome townships.

Geography

Dublin is located at 40°6′33″N 83°8′25″W / 40.10917°N 83.14028°W / 40.10917; -83.14028 (40.109262, −83.140247).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24.80 square miles (64.23 km2), of which 24.44 square miles (63.30 km2) is land and 0.36 square miles (0.93 km2) is water.

The Scioto River passes through Dublin. In this area the river and its tributaries cut deep gorges through the limestone bedrock, and the riverbed is stony. Some of these tributaries feature waterfalls.

Topography

Located on the Glaciated Allegheny Plateau, Dublin has relatively flat topography. Nevertheless, there are numerous ravines surrounding the tributaries of the Scioto River, which make for steep cliffs in some areas. Elevations range from 780 feet (238 m) above sea level where the Scioto River leaves the city at Hayden Run Road, while the high point is 1000 feet (305 m) at Glacier Ridge Metro Park.

Transportation

SR161inDublin
State Route 161 crossing the Scioto River

Being a modern American suburb, the city is primarily accessed by car. In addition to Interstate 270, U.S. Highway 33, State Route 161, and State Route 745 pass through the city. There is a 77-mile (124-km) network of bike trails that run throughout the city. Long term plans include expanding the trails further, as well as connecting them to the regional trail system to facilitate travel to downtown Columbus. COTA provides limited service in the southeast part of the city. Routes 56 and 58 provide express service from the commercial areas around Frantz and Rings Roads to Downtown Columbus during rush hour periods.

Demographics

Dublin Justice Center 1
Headquarters of the Dublin Police Department
Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 274
1880 314
1890 296 −5.7%
1900 275 −7.1%
1910 239 −13.1%
1920 211 −11.7%
1930 224 6.2%
1940 237 5.8%
1950 289 21.9%
1960 552 91.0%
1970 681 23.4%
1980 3,855 466.1%
1990 16,366 324.5%
2000 31,392 91.8%
2010 41,751 33.0%
US Census

According to a 2012 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $114,183, and the median income for a family was $138,590. Males had a median income of $75,279 versus $43,903 for females. The per capita income for the city was $41,122. About 2.1% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 41,751 people, 14,984 households, and 11,656 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,708.3 inhabitants per square mile (659.6/km2). There were 15,779 housing units at an average density of 645.6 per square mile (249.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 80.5% White, 1.8% African American, 0.1% Native American, 15.3% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

As of 2010, the Asian population is: 6.9% Indian, 3.1% Chinese, 2.6% Japanese, 1.3% Korean, 0.2% Vietnamese.

There were 14,984 households, of which 45.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.5% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 22.2% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.21.

The median age in the city was 38.3 years. 30.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.3% were from 25 to 44; 29.7% were from 45 to 64, and 7.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.

Japanese population

See also: Japanese community of Columbus, Ohio

As of 2011 Dublin has the highest concentration of Asians of any Ohio city. As of 2013 many Japanese expatriates working at Honda offices in the area live in Dublin. As of that year, in some subdivisions in Dublin, Japanese make up 20–30% of the residents. The community includes Japanese restaurants. A Coldwell Banker real estate agent named Akiko Miyamoto stated in Car Talk that the services provided for Japanese speakers by the Dublin City School District attract Japanese expatriates to Dublin.

Honda first established operations in Marysville in 1979. Japanese people began living in Dublin and other suburbs instead of Marysville because Dublin established a support system for Japanese residents and the suburbs offered Saturday schools for Japanese residents. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, 1,071 Japanese people live in Dublin, making up 2.6% of the city's population. And also as of 2010, 122 Japanese live in Union County, making up 0.2% of the county's population; Marysville is in this county. Holly Zachariah of The Columbus Dispatch stated that "It has been that way historically." According to the "2013 Japanese Direct Investment Survey" by the Consulate-General of Japan in Detroit, Dublin had 2,002 Japanese nationals, giving it the highest such population in the state.

Parks and recreation

DublinRecCenter
Dublin Community Recreation Center

Dublin features 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) of parks, including 77 miles (124 km) of scenic bike trails and 39 developed parks with wooded natural areas and river frontage. Several Dublin parks are located along the Scioto River, including the two Dublin Kiwanis Riverway parks. The river is accessible at several points for small watercraft, and the nearby Griggs and O'Shaughnessy reservoirs allow motorboating and sailing.

Several of Dublin's parks are home to a unique assortment of outdoor sculptures—part of the Art in Public Places collection, established by the Dublin Arts Council. In 1988, the council developed the program to enhance the quality of life for residents, and to establish a public art tour throughout the city to attract visitors. It has since become a nationally recognized program. The series includes a 12 ft (3.7 m) tall stone portrait of local legend, "Leatherlips" (the Wyandot Native American Chief known for the strength of his word); Field of Corn—featuring 109 human-sized cement ears of corn that seem to sprout from one Dublin field; and a copper house that honors the region's Native American culture.

The Rec Center is home to the Dublin Sea Dragons, a year round competitive swim team.

Ballantrae Park is located at the entrance of its namesake subdivision. Sitting upon a 20-foot-tall hillock, there is a 15-foot (4.6 m) bronze sculpture called "Dancing Hares". An interactive play fountain is found at the base of the hill.

Located on the outskirts of Dublin, Glacier Ridge Metro Park provides amenities and facilities for biking, disc golf, horseback riding, and picnicking.

Religion

Dublin Christian Church, Bridge Street
Dublin Community Church is listed on the NRHP.
Sandy Corners Cemetery-2011 07 03 IMG 0006
Saint John Lutheran Church is listed on the NRHP.
St. Brigid of Kildare Parish (Dublin, Ohio), exterior
Saint Brigid of Kildare Church

Approximately 35% of Dublin residents affiliate with some religious organization. As such, Dublin is home to many religious organizations, two of which own buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places (Dublin Community Church and Saint John Lutheran Church). Diocesan Publications, a secular company that specializes in producing Catholic parish bulletins among other products, has an office in Dublin.

Religious Organization Denomination or Governing Body
Amlin United Methodist United Methodist Church
Berean Bible Church Nondenominational
Champions in Christ Church United Pentecostal Church International
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Columbus Ohio North Stake
Cypress Church Nondenominational
Discover Christian Church Nondenominational
Dublin Baptist Church Southern Baptist Convention
Dublin Community Church United Church of Christ
Dublin Presbyterian Church Presbyterian Church (USA)
Encounter Church Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
Faith Community Church Evangelical Free Church of America
Fellowship Baptist Church General Association of Regular Baptist Churches
First Apostolic Church United Pentecostal Church International
Indian Run United Methodist Church United Methodist Church
Noor Islamic Cultural Center American Islamic Waqf
Northwest Chapel Grace Brethren Church Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
Northwest Presbyterian Church Presbyterian Church in America
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Radiant Life Church Assemblies of God USA
Saint Brigid of Kildare Church Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus
Saint John Lutheran Church Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
Saint Patrick's Episcopal Church Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio
Vineyard Church at Tuttle Crossing Association of Vineyard Churches
Vineyard Columbus Sawmill Campus Association of Vineyard Churches
Vista Community Church Evangelical Covenant Church

Economy

Cardinal Health headquarters (Dublin, Ohio)
Cardinal Health corporate headquarters
Wendys CIMG9282
Wendy's and Wendy's Company corporate headquarters

Dublin is home to the headquarters of several companies, including Cardinal Health, IGS Energy, Stanley Steemer, Wendy's and Online Computer Library Center. Pacer International, a larger intermodal logistics provider, was headquartered in Dublin until its acquisition by XPO Logistics on March 31, 2014. Other organizations with significant operations include Ashland Inc., Nationwide Insurance and CenturyLink. Dublin Methodist Hospital, part of the OhioHealth system, opened in January 2008.

Top employers

According to the City's 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of employees
1 Cardinal Health 4,800
2 OhioHealth 2,000
3 Dublin City School District 1,951
4 CareWorks Family of Companies 1,622
5 Online Computer Library Center 750
6 The Wendy’s Company 725
7 Quantum Health 600
8 Fiserv 600
9 Univar Solutions 550
10 Express Scripts 500

Education

Primary and secondary schools

The Dublin City School District has three high schools (Coffman, Scioto, and Jerome), four middle schools (Sells, Davis, Grizzell, and Karrer) and fourteen elementary schools. As of autumn 2006, the approximate student enrollment was 13,200. The 2017-2018 school-year enrollment exceeds 16,200.

The Hilliard City School District also serves a portion of the community. The Hilliard district operates one school, Washington Elementary School, in the city limits.

Area private schools include St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic School in Dublin, Meadows Academy, and St. Brendan School in Hilliard.

Post-secondary education

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Columbus State Community College, Ohio Dominican University, University of Dayton, and Franklin University have branches in the city.

Public libraries

Dublin Branch - Columbus Metropolitan Library
Dublin Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library

The Dublin Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library is located in the city. Nearby libraries include the Northwest Library and the Hilliard Branch.

Miscellaneous education

Tolles Technical School is in Plain City.

Columbus Japanese Language School, a Japanese supplementary school, holds its classes in Marysville, and has its school office in Worthington. In March 2020 the school was intending to rent space at Glacier Ridge Elementary School in Dublin. It was held online for a year prior to it beginning its Marysville location in September 2021.

Notable people

Nate Ebner
Nate Ebner
  • Alan Becker - online animator
  • Jeremy Bobb - actor
  • Eric Brunner – professional soccer player for Houston Dynamo
  • Nate Ebner – National Football League safety and rugby Olympian
  • Nick Goings – National Football League fullback
  • Sean Kuraly - National Hockey League forward
  • Kent Mercker – former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Urban Meyer - Head Coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and former Head Football Coach at Ohio State University
  • Alexa Bliss - professional wrestler for WWE, and former cheerleader for Hilliard Davidson High School and University of Akron
  • Connor Murphy - National Hockey League defenseman
  • Chinedum Ndukwe – National Football League safety
  • Jack Nicklaus – iconic PGA champion in World Golf Hall of Fame
  • Brady Quinn – quarterback, Notre Dame and the National Football League
  • Chris Quinn – National Basketball Association guard
  • Jay Richardson – local tv football analyst and former National Football League defensive end
  • Ed Whitson - Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Chris Wood – actor
  • Vince Workman – former National Football League running back

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