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Eaton, Ohio
Preble County Courthouse downtown
Preble County Courthouse downtown
Official seal of Eaton, Ohio
"A Rural Community Growing In To The Future"
Location in Ohio
Location in Ohio
Location of Eaton in Preble County
Location of Eaton in Preble County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Preble
 • Total 6.28 sq mi (16.26 km2)
 • Land 6.27 sq mi (16.24 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)  0.16%
1,040 ft (320 m)
 • Total 8,375
 • Density 1,333.6/sq mi (501.55/km2)
Time zone UTC−4 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Zip code
Area code(s) 937, 326
FIPS code 39-24234
GNIS feature ID 1040043

Eaton is a city in, and the county seat of, Preble County, Ohio, United States; it is located approximately 24 mi (38 km) west of Dayton, and is part of the Dayton metropolitan area. The population was 8,375 at the 2020 census, down 0.4% from the population of 8,407 at the 2010 census. Eaton's sister city is Rödental bei Coburg (Germany).


Eaton was platted in 1806. The village derives its name from Gen. William Eaton (1764–1811), the U.S. Consul at Tunis, who led a diverse army in a harrowing march from Egypt to Tripoli to meet the U.S. Naval forces. In addition to the city of Eaton and the county of Preble, various streets in Eaton (Decatur, Israel, Wadsworth and Somers) were also named in honor of various heroes of the First Barbary War and the Second Barbary War.

The town grew quickly following its establishment. In 1846, the town first had 1000 inhabitants. This growth was primarily derived from the town's location at the strategic junction of two turnpikes. In 1849, Eaton was the site of a cholera outbreak. About half of the inhabitants fled; of the remaining 600 people, 120 died.[1]

19th century fire

In June 1859 a fire in Eaton destroyed thirteen of its primary business establishments. The total loss was estimated at $40,000 to $50,000. Caused by incendiaries, the fire scorched the courthouse and left it a brown color. The disaster was first reported by the Cincinnati Commercial.


Eaton is located at 39°44′51″N 84°38′2″W / 39.74750°N 84.63389°W / 39.74750; -84.63389 (39.747603, -84.633818).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.20 square miles (16.06 km2), of which 6.19 square miles (16.03 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

The city includes Crystal Lake and Seven Mile Creek. Parks include: Fort St. Clair, Water Works Park, 7-Mile Park, and Washington Landing Park.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 255
1830 510 100.0%
1840 859 68.4%
1850 1,346 56.7%
1870 1,748
1880 2,143 22.6%
1890 2,934 36.9%
1900 3,155 7.5%
1910 3,187 1.0%
1920 3,210 0.7%
1930 3,347 4.3%
1940 3,552 6.1%
1950 4,242 19.4%
1960 5,034 18.7%
1970 6,020 19.6%
1980 6,839 13.6%
1990 7,396 8.1%
2000 8,133 10.0%
2010 8,407 3.4%
2020 8,375 −0.4%

2020 census

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 8,375 people living in Eaton. The racial makeup of the city was 92.8% white, 0.9% black or African American, 0.2% American Indian, 0.9% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other races, and 4.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity made up 1.2% of the population.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 8,407 people, 3,486 households, and 2,181 families living in the city. The population density was 1,358.2 inhabitants per square mile (524.4/km2). There were 3,903 housing units at an average density of 630.5 per square mile (243.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.3% White, 0.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.

There were 3,486 households, of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.2% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.4% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age in the city was 40.4 years. 23.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.7% were from 25 to 44; 25.7% were from 45 to 64; and 19.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.2% male and 52.8% female.


Eaton hosts the annual Preble County Pork Festival, held the third full weekend each September, and the summer Preble County Fair.


Eaton Community Schools operates two elementary schools, one middle school, and Eaton High School.

Edison State Community College operates a satellite campus in Eaton.

Notable people

  • Victor J. Banis - "the godfather of modern popular gay fiction."
  • Andrew L. Harris - Civil War general and former governor of Ohio.
  • Jane LeCompte - novelist who has written over 20 romance novels under the name Jane Ashford
  • Matthew Lindley - NCAA Heavyweight Wrestling All-American 1991, Purdue University.
  • Travis Miller - former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Minnesota Twins.
  • William Stephens - former mayor of Los Angeles and 24th governor of California (1917-1923).
  • Kent Vosler - diver in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.

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