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Gambier, Ohio
Village
Middle Path
Middle Path
Location of Gambier, Ohio
Location of Gambier, Ohio
Location of Gambier in Knox County
Location of Gambier in Knox County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Knox
Township College
Area
 • Total 0.94 sq mi (2.42 km2)
 • Land 0.94 sq mi (2.42 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,079 ft (329 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,391
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,486
 • Density 2,655.98/sq mi (1,025.93/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
43022
Area code(s) 740
FIPS code 39-29246
GNIS feature ID 1056293
Website http://www.villageofgambier.org/

Gambier is a village in Knox County, Ohio, United States. The population was 2,391 at the 2010 census.

Gambier is the home of Kenyon College. A major feature is a gravel path running the length of the village, referred to as "Middle Path". This path has become a piece of Gambier's history, as it is used by college students and residents alike as a way through the community.

History

Gambier was laid out in 1824. The village was named after one of Kenyon College's early benefactors, Lord Gambier.

Geography

Gambier is located at 40°22′35″N 82°23′48″W / 40.37639°N 82.39667°W / 40.37639; -82.39667 (40.376400, -82.396570), along the Kokosing River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.94 square miles (2.43 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 280
1860 575 105.4%
1870 581 1.0%
1880 576 −0.9%
1890 660 14.6%
1900 751 13.8%
1910 537 −28.5%
1920 433 −19.4%
1930 498 15.0%
1940 470 −5.6%
1950 1,037 120.6%
1960 1,148 10.7%
1970 1,571 36.8%
1980 2,056 30.9%
1990 2,073 0.8%
2000 1,871 −9.7%
2010 2,391 27.8%
2019 (est.) 2,486 4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 2,391 people, 343 households, and 126 families living in the village. The population density was 2,543.6 inhabitants per square mile (982.1/km2). There were 375 housing units at an average density of 398.9 per square mile (154.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 90.5% White, 2.8% African American, 0.2% Native American, 2.0% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 3.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.8%.

Of the 343 households 15.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.6% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 1.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 63.3% were non-families. 33.5% of households were one person and 11.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.76.

The median age in the village was 21.2 years. 4% of residents were under the age of 18; 79.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 5.1% were from 25 to 44; 6.7% were from 45 to 64; and 4.5% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.3% male and 52.7% female.

Education

Kokosing River Gambier Ohio
The Kokosing River, a tributary of the Ohio River, flows past Gambier

Mount Vernon City Schools operates Wiggin Street Elementary in the village.

Kenyon College, an Episcopal institution, has been in operation in Gambier since 1824.

Gambier has a public library, a branch of The Public Library of Mount Vernon & Knox County.

Notable people

  • Margaret L. Bodine, photographer
  • Philander Chase, founder of Kenyon College, Bishop of Ohio and Illinois, Sixth Presiding Bishop of the National Episcopal church
  • P. F. Kluge, author of Biggest Elvis: A Novel
  • Robie Macauley, newspaperman and author
  • Paul Newman, American actor
  • Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden
  • Herbert T. Perrin, U.S. Army officer
  • Joan Slonczewski, biologist
  • John Green, author of Anthropocene Reviewed TikToker

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