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City of Lebanon, Ohio
Broadway Street
Broadway Street
Location of Lebanon, Ohio
Location of Lebanon, Ohio
Location of Lebanon in Warren County
Location of Lebanon in Warren County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Warren
 • Total 12.83 sq mi (33.22 km2)
 • Land 12.82 sq mi (33.20 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
768 ft (234 m)
 • Total 20,033
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,611.84/sq mi (622.35/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 513
FIPS code 39-42364
GNIS feature ID 1042462

Lebanon is a city in and the county seat of Warren County, Ohio, United States, in the state's southwestern region, within the Cincinnati metropolitan area. The population was 20,033 at the 2010 census.


Lebanon is in the Symmes Purchase. The first European settler in what is now Lebanon was Ichabod Corwin uncle of Ohio Governor Thomas Corwin who came to Ohio from Bourbon County, Kentucky and settled on the north branch of Turtle Creek in March 1796. The site of his cabin is now on the grounds of Berry Intermediate School on North Broadway and is marked with a monument erected by the Warren County Historical Society.

The town was laid out in September 1802 on land owned by Ichabod Corwin, Silas Hurin, Ephraim Hathaway, and Samuel Manning in Sections 35 and 35 of Town 5, Range 3 North and Sections 5 and 6 of Town 4, Range 3 North of the Between the Miami Rivers Survey. Lebanon was named after the Biblical Lebanon because of the many juniper or Eastern Redcedar trees there, similar to the Lebanon Cedar. It is known today as "The Cedar City".

City legend has it that Lebanon didn't grow as large as Cincinnati or Dayton because of the 'The Shaker Curse.' During their migration, the Shakers decided an area outside of town was a suitable place for them to create a homeland for themselves. There was a disagreement with some of the locals and it was said the Shakers placed a curse on the city to hinder the city's prosperity. In reality, the Shakers thrived in the area, and built a settlement about 4 miles west of Lebanon called Union Village. A local man, Malchalm Worley was their first convert. Since the Shakers did not engage in procreation, they relied on converts to increase their numbers. By 1900, there were almost no Shakers left in Ohio.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.97 square miles (33.59 km2), of which 12.96 square miles (33.57 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Major highways entering Lebanon

  • Interstate 71
  • U.S. Route 42
  • Ohio State Route 48
  • Ohio State Route 63
  • Ohio State Route 123
  • Ohio State Route 741


Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 1,079
1830 1,165 8.0%
1840 1,528 31.2%
1850 2,088 36.6%
1860 2,559 22.6%
1870 2,749 7.4%
1880 2,703 −1.7%
1890 3,050 12.8%
1900 2,867 −6.0%
1910 2,698 −5.9%
1920 3,396 25.9%
1930 3,222 −5.1%
1940 3,896 20.9%
1950 4,818 23.7%
1960 5,993 24.4%
1970 7,934 32.4%
1980 9,620 21.3%
1990 10,453 8.7%
2000 16,962 62.3%
2010 20,033 18.1%
2019 (est.) 20,659 3.1%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 20,033 people, 7,436 households, and 5,213 families living in the city. The population density was 1,545.8 inhabitants per square mile (596.8/km2). There were 7,920 housing units at an average density of 611.1 per square mile (235.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.7% White, 2.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 1.6% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.5% of the population.

There were 7,436 households, of which 41.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.9% were non-families. 24.4% 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 2.62 and the average family size was 3.12.

The median age in the city was 34.7 years. 29.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.5% were from 25 to 44; 23.9% were from 45 to 64; and 10.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.


Lebanon lies largely within the Lebanon telephone exchange, but parts are in the Mason and South Lebanon exchanges. Local and long distance telephone services for the city are primarily provided by CenturyLink (formerly Embarq, Sprint's local telephone division) and Cincinnati Bell.

The city is one of the few in the nation to once operate a government-run cable television and telephone service, as well as being a fiber-to-the-neighborhood Internet service provider. Controversial since it began operation in 1999, the Lebanon telecommunications system had struggled to recover its expenses and had accumulated over $8 million in debt. However, residents in the area, at the time, paid up to 50% less for the aforementioned services than neighboring communities, therefore saving over $40 million of the residents' money. In the 2006 general election, however, voters approved the sale of this city-run telecommunications system to Cincinnati Bell.

Prisons operated by the Ohio Department of Corrections in the area include:

  • Lebanon Correctional Institution
  • Warren Correctional Institution

Landmarks and attractions

Golden Lamb Hotel 129200pu-repair
The Golden Lamb Inn, photographed November 15, 1936.

The Golden Lamb Inn

The Golden Lamb Inn is located in Lebanon on the corner of S. Broadway and Main St. It is recognized as Ohio's oldest inn, having been established in 1803 and has been visited by 12 presidents.

Warren County Historical Society and Museum

The Warren County Historical Museum is recognized as one of the nation's most outstanding county museums. It includes the Warren County History Center, housed in Harmon Hall, a three-story, 28,000-square-foot building with displays and artifacts from prehistoric eras to the mid-20th century.

Glendower Historic Mansion

The Glendower Historic Mansion, owned by the Warren County Historical Society, was erected circa 1845. It provides a classic example of residential Greek Revival architecture and a natural setting for many elegant Empire and Victorian furnishings from Warren County's past.

Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad

Lebanon is home to the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, where passengers follow an old stage coach route passing meadow, pasture, a rippling creek and wildflowers along the way.

Countryside YMCA

The largest YMCA in the U.S. consists of: three basketball gyms, two weight rooms, three indoor pools, one outdoor pool, tennis courts, baseball fields, racquetball courts, preschool and daycare, gymnastics center, indoor turf soccer field, outdoor soccer fields, aerobics room, senior citizen center, two waterparks (one inside, one outside), sports medicine center, rock climbing wall, two indoor tracks, outdoor track, acres of forest and trails, pond, outdoor skate park, outdoor playground, locker rooms, outdoor volleyball, and flag football fields.

Harmon Golf Club

Harmon Golf Club is a nine-hole, par 36 public golf course located on South East Street. It was built in 1912.


  • Lebanon Blues Festival
  • Warren County Fair
  • Country Applefest
  • Horse Drawn Carriage Parade and Christmas Festival
  • Third Friday block party on Mulberry Street

In popular culture

The 1978 movie Harper Valley PTA with Barbara Eden and the 1994 movie Milk Money with Ed Harris and Melanie Griffith were both shot in Lebanon. The Village Ice Cream Parlor contains memorabilia from both movies.

In October 2013, a Hallmark Channel movie titled The Christmas Spirit was filmed in Lebanon. In 2014, the movie Carol, starring Cate Blanchett was partially filmed in Lebanon.


Prisons operated by the Ohio Department of Corrections in the area include Lebanon Correctional Institution and Warren Correctional Institution.


Lebanon City Schools operates the following public schools:

  • Bowman Primary School (K-2)
  • Donovan Elementary School (3-4)
  • Berry Intermediate School (5-6)
  • Lebanon Junior High School (7-8)
  • Lebanon High School (9-12)

The city is served by a lending library, the Lebanon Public Library.



  • Interstate 71
  • U.S. Route 42
  • Ohio State Route 48
  • Ohio State Route 63
  • Ohio State Route 123
  • Ohio State Route 741

Notable people

  • Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the moon; made his home in Lebanon for 23 years after the moon landing
  • Cyrus Ball, judge
  • Amos Booth, baseball player for Cincinnati Red Stockings 1876-77
  • Clay Clement, actor of 1930s films
  • Thomas Corwin, Governor of Ohio from 1840 to 1842; U.S. Senator from 1845 to 1850
  • Charles Cretors, invented the first popcorn machine in 1885
  • Greg Demos, bass player for Guided by Voices
  • Abby Franquemont b.1972, writer, revivalist of the art of hand spinning with a spindle,
  • George E. Gard, police chief of Los Angeles in 19th Century
  • Scooter Gennett, MLB player for the Cincinnati Reds
  • Woody Harrelson, (moved from Texas at age 12), film and TV actor, Emmy Award winner and three-time Academy Awards nominee
  • Jill Jones, singer, songwriter, and actress
  • Maldwyn Jones, motorcycle racer, American Motorcyclist Association Hall of Fame Inductee in 1998
  • Michael Larson, famous game show contestant on Press Your Luck in 1984
  • Andrew McBurney, Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, 1866–1868
  • John McLean, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1829 to 1861
  • Ormsby M. Mitchel, West Point grad, astronomer, surveyor, general from 1812 to 1825
  • Marcus Mote, early Ohio artist
  • Corwin M. Nixon, state representative 1962–1992, minority leader 1979-1992
  • F. E. Riddle, lawyer and Oklahoma Supreme Court justice
  • Gordon Ray Roberts, U.S. Army Medal of Honor recipient
  • Marty Roe, lead singer of the band Diamond Rio
  • Dean Roll, pro wrestler known as Shark Boy or Dean Baldwin
  • Casey Shaw, NBA player with the Philadelphia 76ers
  • Larry Sparks, bluegrass singer and guitarist
  • Russel Wright, industrial designer and artist; responsible for wide acceptance of Modernism in America

See also

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