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Hilliard, Ohio, United States
Hilliard City Hall
Hilliard City Hall
Location of Hilliard within Ohio
Location of Hilliard within Ohio
Location of Hilliard within Franklin County
Location of Hilliard within Franklin County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Franklin
Area
 • Total 14.45 sq mi (37.42 km2)
 • Land 14.27 sq mi (36.96 km2)
 • Water 0.18 sq mi (0.46 km2)
Elevation
935 ft (285 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 37,114
 • Density 2,560.02/sq mi (988.41/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
43026
Area code(s) 614 and 380
FIPS code 39-35476
GNIS feature ID 1056881
Website www.hilliardohio.gov

Hilliard is a city in Franklin County, Ohio, United States. The population was 37,114 at the 2020 census. It is a suburb of Columbus and part of Norwich Township. Hilliard is home to the Early Television Museum (the only one of its kind in United States), the second largest First Responders Park in the United States, and Heritage Rail Trail. Hilliard also has the only flag pole from the World Trade Center that is not in a museum. The flag pole is located in front of the fire department on Northwest Parkway. The Hilliard Historical Society maintains a historical village near the Franklin County Fairgrounds.

Geography

Hilliard is located at 40°2′4″N 83°8′34″W / 40.03444°N 83.14278°W / 40.03444; -83.14278 (40.034310, -83.142678). It is bordered on the east by Columbus and Upper Arlington, on the north by Columbus and Dublin, on the south by Galloway and Columbus, and to the west lies open farmland. Downtown Columbus lies in a distance to the southeast, its skyline visible at times when crossing bridges. The only major highway that runs through Hilliard is I-270, which runs north and south slightly east of the middle of the city.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.34 square miles (34.55 km2), of which 13.17 square miles (34.11 km2) is land and 0.17 square miles (0.44 km2) is water.

History

In 1852, John Reed Hilliard bought 10 acres (40,000 m2) of farmland in western Franklin County, Ohio from Hoseah High and Abraham Wendell. Geographically, the Hilliard area is between Big Darby Creek on the west and the Scioto River on the east. Originally called Hilliard’s Station, the town grew around the railroad route of the Piqua and Indiana Railroad station, which bisected the former Hilliard farmland. Hilliard’s Station served as an ideal shipping point for agricultural products going to market and supplies coming to the farmers in the area. The original Hilliard area was platted by John Hilliard on September 1, 1853.

Until the mid 20th century, the railroad station and Main Street were the town center. In 1854, a post office was established in Hilliard’s Station and the word Station was dropped from the town name. The Village of Hilliard became incorporated on July 13, 1869 with a population of 280 residents. In 1886 the first railroad station was located on the north side of the tracks, west of Main Street, and remained there until 1962 when all railroad services ceased. The original train station has been restored and remains in Hilliard’s historical Weaver Park. The original platted area contained a mix of residences and businesses of varying ages and architecture.

The construction of three large residential subdivisions in the 1950s brought explosive growth to Hilliard. The connection to the Columbus regional sewer and water systems in the 1960s opened up the area to development. The Village of Hilliard gained city status officially from the Ohio Secretary of State by attaining a population of 5,633 on December 12, 1960.

With the completion of the I-270 outerbelt in the 1980s, a second wave of explosive growth came to the area. Land uses in Hilliard continue to be a mix of residential and commercial development. A rich heritage of residential structures and architectural styles can be found in the historic district along Norwich Street.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 282
1880 400 41.8%
1890 338 −15.5%
1900 376 11.2%
1910 370 −1.6%
1920 451 21.9%
1930 465 3.1%
1940 583 25.4%
1950 610 4.6%
1960 5,633 823.4%
1970 8,369 48.6%
1980 7,996 −4.5%
1990 11,796 47.5%
2000 24,230 105.4%
2010 28,234 16.5%
2020 37,114 31.5%
US Census

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 28,435 people, 10,198 households, and 7,612 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,159.1 inhabitants per square mile (833.6/km2). There were 10,637 housing units at an average density of 807.7 per square mile (311.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.5% White, 3.0% African American, 0.2% Native American, 5.6% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.

There were 10,198 households, of which 44.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.4% were non-families. 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.26.

The median age in the city was 35.9 years. 30.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.7% were from 25 to 44; 26.2% were from 45 to 64; and 8.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.

Recreation

For recreation, Hilliard has two pools (west and east), a Municipal Center/Senior Center next to the west pool, YMCA, and many public baseball and soccer fields, as well as basketball and sport activities

Community events

Fourth of July Festivities

Hilliard annually hosts a Fourth of July parade and has a moderately sized fireworks display that overlooks the west pool/municipal park.

Franklin County Fair

The Franklin County Fair also calls Hilliard its home.

Old Hilliardfest Art & Street Fair

The Old Hilliardfest Art & Street Fair is held in downtown Hilliard each year the second Saturday of each September and is sponsored by the Hilliard Civic Association. The festival includes several stages of music, ranging from professional acts to various talented community performers; a car show, featuring dozens of classic and modern cars; food vendors, including several food trucks; a large variety of community organizations, artists, and other various vendors; lots for kids to do, including inflatables, carnival games and rides, face painting, arts and crafts activities; and more.

Sports

The largest sporting events in Hilliard are the football games of the three Hilliard high schools; Hilliard Bradley, Hilliard Darby, and Hilliard Davidson. Basketball for these high schools is also popular, though many other sporting events are played by the kids at the middle and high schools. These sports include ice hockey, tennis, soccer, volleyball, lacrosse, and many others.

State football championships

Hilliard Davidson won the Division I state championship in football in 2006 and 2009. They also won regional championship titles in 1993, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010.

State cross country championships

Hilliard Davidson won both the girls' and boys' state championships in cross country in 2002. This is the only time in Division I Ohio high school history that the same school has won both in the same year. The boys' team also placed second in the state in 2008, continuing the longest active streak of consecutive appearances at the state meet among Division I schools with nine. In 2011, the girls' team went on to win the regional meet and qualify for the state meet. India Johnson of Hilliard Davidson was the 2016 Division 1 state champion and qualified for the Foot Locker Cross Country Nationals in 2016 and took 4th.

State soccer championship

Hilliard Davidson won the state soccer title in 2008, and finished runner-up in 2015.

State volleyball championships

Hilliard Darby boys' volleyball has won the state championship in the 2012-2013 and 2014–2015 school years. In 2012, 2017, and 2018 they were state runners-up. They have also appeared in the State final four in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2014. Prior to the split of the Hilliard schools, Hilliard High School won a state championship in 1991.

Other sports

  • Hilliard Hockey Club Varsity team won the CBJ cup in 2020. They then went on to finish 5th in the state
  • Hilliard Darby Softball won the state championship in 2000, as well as made it to the state semi-finals in 2009
  • Hilliard Bradley competition cheer won the state championship in 2011. They were state runners-up in 2010.
  • Hilliard Darby baseball made it to the state semi-finals in 2019

Hilliard youth organizations

Some youth club teams include the Northwest Football League (NWFL), the Hilliard Baseball Association (HBA), Hilliard Wildcats High School Hockey Club, the Hilliard Girls Softball Association (HGSA), the Hilliard Optimist Basketball League (HOBL), Hilliard Girls Field Hockey, the Hilliard Ohio Soccer Association (HOSA), the Hilliard Youth Lacrosse Association (HYLA), and Northwest FC Youth Soccer (NWFC).

Education

The Hilliard City School District encompasses all of the original Brown and Norwich Township boundaries, the actual city of Hilliard, a portion of Columbus that is about the same size as that within Hilliard, as well as parts of the city of Dublin, and parts of Galloway. There are fourteen elementary schools (Alton Darby, Avery, Beacon, Britton, Brown, Darby Creek, Hilliard Crossing, Hilliard Horizon, Hoffman Trails, J.W. Reason, Norwich, Ridgewood, Scioto Darby, and Washington), two sixth-grade schools (Station and Tharp), three middle schools (Heritage, Weaver, and Memorial), and three high schools (Darby, Davidson, and Bradley) in the district. The high school sports teams are named the Panthers, Wildcats, and Jaguars, respectively. Also in the city of Hilliard is a K-8 Roman Catholic school: Saint Brendan School, and a K-8 Islamic school, Sunrise Academy.

Transportation and Infrastructure

Hilliard's main streets are Cemetery Road and Main Street/Hilliard Darby Road. The city does not have any major Ohio state routes or US Routes within its immediate vicinity, however Hilliard's eastern end is accessible by Interstate 270, a ring road serving Columbus suburbs locally regarded as the "Outer Beltway".

No major railways nor rail-based transport run to, from, through, or within Hilliard; however, there is a park and ride on Cemetery Road close to I-270.

In addition to having easy access to John Glenn International Airport via I-270 and Interstate 670, Hilliard is located extremely close to Don Scott Airport for general aviation and Ohio State University aviation classes. Many other Franklin County airports, including Rickenbacker Airport, Bolton Field, Columbus Southwest Airport,

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