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Mason, Ohio
City
Aerial view of Mason
Aerial view of Mason
Nickname(s): 
"Home of the Comets"
Motto(s): 
"More than you imagine."
Location of Mason, Ohio
Location of Mason, Ohio
Location of Mason in Warren County
Location of Mason in Warren County
Coordinates: 39°21′29″N 84°18′43″W / 39.35806°N 84.31194°W / 39.35806; -84.31194Coordinates: 39°21′29″N 84°18′43″W / 39.35806°N 84.31194°W / 39.35806; -84.31194
Country United States
State Ohio
County Warren
Government
 • Type Mayor–council
Area
 • Total 19.32 sq mi (50.04 km2)
 • Land 19.30 sq mi (50.00 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation
810 ft (247 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 30,712
 • Estimate 
(2019)
33,870
 • Density 1,754.65/sq mi (677.46/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
45040
Area code(s) 513
FIPS code 39-48188
GNIS feature ID 1061481
Website imaginemason.org

Mason is a city in southwestern Warren County, Ohio, United States, approximately 22 miles (35 km) from downtown Cincinnati. As of the 2010 census, Mason's population was 30,712.

Mason is home to Kings Island amusement park and one of the largest tennis stadiums in the world, the Lindner Family Tennis Center, home of the Western & Southern Open, one of the world's top tennis tournaments for both men and women.

History

On June 1, 1803, Revolutionary War veteran William Mason paid $1,700 at auction to purchase 640 acres (2.6 km2) of land in what is now downtown Mason. In 1815, he platted 16 lots on this land and named the village "Palmira." In 1832, two years after the death of William Mason and according to his will, more than 40 additional lots were platted on the north, south, and west of Palmira. When the plat was officially recorded, the name of the village was listed as "Palmyra."

In 1835, a petition was sent to the federal post office to correct the name of the town. It had been listed as Kirkwood, possibly an error because the postmaster at the time was William Kirkwood. When village officials were informed that there was another Palmyra in Ohio, the name was officially changed to "Mason."

Mason remained a small farming community for another 125 years. In 1970, a year before the town was incorporated to become a city, there were fewer than 5,700 residents.

In February 1997, Mason withdrew from surrounding Deerfield Township by forming a paper township called Mason Township.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 431
1860 441 2.3%
1870 387 −12.2%
1880 431 11.4%
1890 564 30.9%
1900 629 11.5%
1910 737 17.2%
1920 816 10.7%
1930 854 4.7%
1940 902 5.6%
1950 1,196 32.6%
1960 4,727 295.2%
1970 5,677 20.1%
1980 8,692 53.1%
1990 11,452 31.8%
2000 22,019 92.3%
2010 30,712 39.5%
2019 (est.) 33,870 10.3%
Sources:

The median income for a household in the city was $89,569, and the median income for a family was $103,459. Males had a median income of $96,002 and females had a median income of $75,968. The per capita income for the city was $37,948. The median house price was $320,289. About 1.6% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.8% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.

The city is in the Mason City School District. Mason is served by one interstate, I-71.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 30,712 people, 11,016 households, and 8,205 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,648.5 inhabitants per square mile (636.5/km2). There were 11,471 housing units at an average density of 615.7 per square mile (237.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.1% White, 3.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 9.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.8% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.2% of the population.

There were 11,016 households, of which 44.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.4% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.5% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.3% 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 3.30.

The median age in the city was 38.4 years. 30.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.1% were from 25 to 44; 27.4% were from 45 to 64; and 9.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.

Geography

Mason is located at 39°21′29″N 84°18′43″W / 39.35806°N 84.31194°W / 39.35806; -84.31194 (39.358009, -84.311822).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.67 square miles (48.36 km2), of which 18.63 square miles (48.25 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.

Climate

Climate data for Mason, Ohio
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 72
(22.2)
76
(24.4)
84
(28.9)
89
(31.7)
93
(33.9)
97
(36.1)
104
(40)
101
(38.3)
98
(36.7)
88
(31.1)
81
(27.2)
75
(23.9)
104
(-17.8)
Average high °F (°C) 38
(3.3)
43
(6.1)
53
(11.7)
65
(18.3)
75
(23.9)
83
(28.3)
87
(30.6)
86
(30)
79
(26.1)
68
(20)
54
(12.2)
43
(6.1)
64.5
(18.06)
Average low °F (°C) 19
(-7.2)
21
(-6.1)
30
(-1.1)
39
(3.9)
49
(9.4)
58
(14.4)
63
(17.2)
61
(16.1)
53
(11.7)
41
(5)
32
(0)
24
(-4.4)
40.8
(4.91)
Record low °F (°C) −25
(-31.7)
−13
(-25)
−10
(-23.3)
18
(-7.8)
27
(-2.8)
36
(2.2)
40
(4.4)
41
(5)
26
(-3.3)
12
(-11.1)
−3
(-19.4)
−22
(-30)
-25
(-17.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.18
(80.8)
2.72
(69.1)
3.73
(94.7)
4.10
(104.1)
4.96
(126)
4.54
(115.3)
4.04
(102.6)
4.18
(106.2)
3.14
(79.8)
3.09
(78.5)
3.65
(92.7)
3.35
(85.1)
44.68
(1,134.9)
Source: The Weather Channel

Economy

Mason tourist attractions include Kings Island amusement park and its Soak City water park, Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park and resort, and The Lindner Family Tennis Center, which hosts the historic Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, one of the top nine in the world within the ATP Tour Masters 1000 series.

Mason's largest employers include Procter & Gamble's Mason Business Center, the headquarters of Luxottica Retail and Cintas corporate headquarters. Other notable companies with large operations in Mason are Mitsubishi Electric, L-3 Communications and Heinz.

Over 500 businesses operate in Mason's 18 square miles. High-tech companies, corporate headquarters, and light industries are particularly attracted to Mason. More than 90 corporations have headquarters or manufacturing operations in Mason's 24 commerce parks.

International Paper Company announced it would close its Mason plant in 2008. In 2015 the site became the Crossroads Church.

Education

Mason City Schools is consistently rated one of the highest school districts in the state, with a rating of 26 out of 26 indicators on the 2011-2012 Ohio Report Card.

High school programs in athletics and academics have been successful at the state level, earning team state titles in Division I in:

The district joined the Greater Miami Conference (GMC), the public school league with the largest enrollments in Greater Cincinnati, in 2007–08, and has won the All Sports Trophy in each of its seven years.

Mason has five public schools: Mason Early Childhood Center (PK-2), Mason Elementary School (grades 3-4), Mason Intermediate School (grades 5-6), Mason Middle School (grades 7-8), and William Mason High School. Mason also has a community center that connected to the high school. The last building to open was the Mason Elementary ("ME") which opened in 2019. Mason City Schools feature broadband networks while supporting over 4,600 classroom computersThere are approximately 2.2 students per computer in the district. The district also supports individual teacher pages for posting work assignments and class information (such as Edline and Mason Mason Comets). Parents have secure web access to student information. The most recent building project was in 2018–19 with an addition to Mason Early Childhood Center, which was built in 2006, and the division of Mason Intermediate into Mason Intermediate and the new Mason Elementary School, along with a total revamp of the Mason Middle Schools interior. The addition included a new gym for Mason Early Childhood Center, the relocation of 3rd grade to the new Mason Elementary, and a remake of the interior of Mason Middle.

Mason is also home to Sinclair Community College's Courseview Campus, which opened in 2007. The facility is on 75 acres near I-71. As of fall 2013 it has a capacity of 2,500 students and offers 17 degree and 18 certificate programs. In early 2013 Sinclair announced that it expects the Courseview Campus to serve 10,000 students within the next 25 years.

Mason has a lending library, the Mason Public Library.

Notable people

  • George Clooney, Academy Award-winning actor
  • Majel Coleman, actress and model
  • Brant Daugherty, actor
  • Josh Kline, National Football League offensive lineman
  • Dan Patrick, journalist, TV and radio host
  • T.J. Zeuch, baseball player
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