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Germantown, Ohio
City of Germantown
Montage of Germantown, Ohio
Montage of Germantown, Ohio
Flag of Germantown, Ohio Coat of arms of Germantown, Ohio
Coat of arms
Jewel of the Twin Valley; Spoke and Wheel City;
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
Established 1804
Founded 1814
Incorporated 1833
Founded by Philip Gunckel
 • Total 4.22 sq mi (10.93 km2)
 • Land 4.22 sq mi (10.93 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
722 ft (220 m)
 • Total 5,547
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,307.20/sq mi (504.76/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
45325, 45327
Area code(s) 937, 326 Exchange: 855
FIPS code 39-29932
GNIS feature ID 1064716

Germantown is a city in Montgomery County, Ohio, United States. The population was 5,547 at the 2010 census. A part of the Dayton metropolitan area, Germantown was founded by German Americans from Pennsylvania and was once home to a cigar industry.


Germantown is located at 39°37′38″N 84°21′57″W / 39.62722°N 84.36583°W / 39.62722; -84.36583 (39.627133, -84.365951).

Germantown is situated within German Township, in the south-western part of Montgomery County, Ohio. The town is in an area known as the Twin Valley, due to the Little Twin Creek on its east side, and Big Twin on its west and south sides, being in the forks of these streams.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 4.26 square miles (11.03 km2), all land.


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Germantown Historic Society & Former Carnegie Library

Germantown, was established in 1804 by German-speaking settlers from Berks County, Pennsylvania. Philip Gunckel, the only member of the group who spoke English, is recognized as Germantown's founder, who chose the site for a grist mill and laid out the original town plan in 1814. The Gunckel Town Plan, maintaining many of its original 19th and early 20th century buildings, has been recognized as a Historic District and has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Germantown Covered Bridge Germantown Ohio
Germantown Covered Bridge, east of downtown

Germantown underwent many economic changes as distilleries, and the cigar industry, both came and went. In 1847 the Mudlick Distillery was established and, with an output of 30 barrels of whiskey a day, was considered the largest in the country for many years. At one time the Municipality housed up to 12 cigar warehouses and five factories, with the tobacco industry employing many residents up until the 1970s.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 501
1860 1,438
1870 1,440 0.1%
1880 1,618 12.4%
1890 1,437 −11.2%
1900 1,702 18.4%
1910 1,778 4.5%
1920 1,827 2.8%
1930 2,029 11.1%
1940 2,095 3.3%
1950 2,478 18.3%
1960 3,399 37.2%
1970 4,088 20.3%
1980 5,015 22.7%
1990 4,916 −2.0%
2000 4,884 −0.7%
2010 5,547 13.6%
2019 (est.) 5,519 −0.5%
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Germantown Covered Bridge, east of downtown

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,547 people, 2,142 households, and 1,584 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,302.1 inhabitants per square mile (502.7/km2). There were 2,328 housing units at an average density of 546.5 per square mile (211.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.5% White, 0.8% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.

There were 2,142 households, of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.1% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the village was 37.5 years. 27.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27% were from 25 to 44; 25.6% were from 45 to 64; and 13.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.0% male and 52.0% female.

Arts and culture

Germantown is known for its historic downtown area and the unique wagon-wheel design of its alley system, which was originally laid out by Philip Gunckel when he settled in Germantown. The system is roughly bounded by Mulberry and Walnut Streets, and Warren and Market Streets. The downtown area was added to the National Historic Register in 1976.

By-Jo Theatre

Opened in Germantown in 1926, the By-Jo is an active historic theater that is located at 20 North Main Street and open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for new movie releases.

Town partnerships and sister cities


Public schools

Germantown Public Schools are part of the Valley View School District.

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