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Harrison, Ohio
Harrison Avenue at Walnut Street in Harrison
Harrison Avenue at Walnut Street in Harrison
Location in Hamilton County and the state of Ohio
Location in Hamilton County and the state of Ohio
Country United States
State Ohio
County Hamilton
 • Total 5.32 sq mi (13.78 km2)
 • Land 5.29 sq mi (13.70 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
522 ft (159 m)
 • Total 9,897
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,249.62/sq mi (868.59/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 513
FIPS code 39-33838
GNIS feature ID 1041362

Harrison is a city in Hamilton County, Ohio, United States. The city is located in the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky metropolitan area. The population was 9,897 at the 2010 census, and was estimated in 2019 to be 11,896.


Harrison was laid out in 1810, named in honor of William Henry Harrison, a decorated general and state legislator and afterward the 9th President of the United States. It was incorporated in 1850, and became a city in 1981.

Harrison Township was established in 1850, formerly part of Crosby Township. Among the historic sites in the city's vicinity is the Eighteen Mile House, which was built during the earliest years of the nineteenth century.

Harrison was the home of Ohio's fifth governor Othneil Looker.

It was one of the few stops in Ohio on the Whitewater Canal, built between 1836 and 1847, which spanned a distance of 76 miles (122 km).

On July 13, 1863, Morgan's Raiders, a Confederate cavalry force, invaded. The column passed through taking fresh horses and burning the bridge over the Whitewater River near the southwest part of the town.

The first train came to Harrison Township in 1864. In 1882 Harrison Depot was built at West Broadway and Railroad Avenue. It later burned to the ground.

Harrison Village Park is the final resting place for a small number of veterans of the Revolutionary War. In the center of the park is a bandstand. Prior to it being a bandstand it was a fountain. In the early 1930s the fountain was drained and filled in and made a bandstand. It seems many children came down with cases of impetigo after spending a hot summer swimming in the fountain full of untreated water.

In 1940 the dog track in West Harrison closed due to pressure from the horse racing circuit. Monkeys in silk jackets had been used as jockeys for the dogs. The track had originally opened in 1932, when parimutuel betting was illegal in Indiana. However, during the Depression, heads were turned as the track attracted revenue to the area and was one of the highest paying local jobs at $12 a week.

Parts of the city were devastated on June 2, 1990, by an F4 tornado, but were quickly rebuilt. The American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute is headquartered in Harrison.


Harrison is located at 39°15′29″N 84°48′16″W / 39.25806°N 84.80444°W / 39.25806; -84.80444 (39.257931, -84.804535).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.96 square miles (12.85 km2), of which 4.92 square miles (12.74 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.

Harrison is adjacent to Miami Whitewater Forest, the second park to join the Hamilton County Park District in 1949. It now spans 4,345 acres (17.58 km2).


Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 173
1850 940
1860 1,343 42.9%
1870 1,417 5.5%
1880 1,560 10.1%
1890 1,690 8.3%
1900 1,456 −13.8%
1910 1,368 −6.0%
1920 1,309 −4.3%
1930 1,449 10.7%
1940 1,656 14.3%
1950 1,943 17.3%
1960 3,878 99.6%
1970 4,408 13.7%
1980 5,855 32.8%
1990 7,518 28.4%
2000 7,487 −0.4%
2010 9,897 32.2%
2019 (est.) 11,896 20.2%

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 9,897 people in 3,765 households, including 2,659 families, in the city. The population density was 2,011.6 inhabitants per square mile (776.7/km2). There were 4,054 housing units at an average density of 824.0 per square mile (318.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.6% White, 0.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1%.

Of the 3,765 households, 37.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.4% were non-families. 23.7% of households were one person, and 9.3% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.12.

The median age was 34.7 years. 26.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.1% were from 25 to 44; 24.3% were from 45 to 64; and 11.3% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.7% male and 51.3% female.

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