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Reading, Ohio
Benson Street downtown
Benson Street downtown
"The Crossroads of Opportunity", Wir Tun Unser Bestes (German: "We Do Our Best")
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
Settled 1797
Incorporated March 24, 1851
Became a city January 1, 1932
Withdrew from Sycamore Township May 19, 1943
 • Total 2.89 sq mi (7.48 km2)
 • Land 2.89 sq mi (7.48 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
561 ft (171 m)
 • Total 10,385
 • Estimate 
 • Density 3,563.86/sq mi (1,375.89/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
45215, 45236, 45237
Area code(s) 513
FIPS code 39-65732
GNIS feature ID 1056486

Reading (pronounced RED-ing) is a city in Hamilton County, Ohio, United States. The population was 10,385 at the 2010 census. It is an inner suburb of Cincinnati.


In 1794, a German immigrant by the name of Abraham Voorhees moved his family from their home near Philadelphia, building a large double log cabin along the west bank of the Millcreek in Sycamore Township. Shortly after, a visitor from Reading, PA (Harvey Redinbo) was pleased with the land that Voorhees had acquired and purchased his own land, in the area of Hunt Road and Columbia Avenue. This early settlement (1797) was known as Voorhees-Town, but was changed to Reading in the honor of Redinbo’s hometown, and the birthplace of his father-in-law (William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania – born in Reading, England).

Reading was incorporated as a village in 1851.


Reading is located at 39°13′22″N 84°26′21″W / 39.22278°N 84.43917°W / 39.22278; -84.43917 (39.222709, -84.439036).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.89 square miles (7.49 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,230
1870 1,575 28.0%
1880 2,680 70.2%
1900 3,076
1910 3,985 29.6%
1920 4,540 13.9%
1930 5,723 26.1%
1940 6,079 6.2%
1950 7,836 28.9%
1960 12,832 63.8%
1970 14,617 13.9%
1980 12,843 −12.1%
1990 12,038 −6.3%
2000 11,292 −6.2%
2010 10,385 −8.0%
2019 (est.) 10,296 −0.9%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 10,385 people, 4,554 households, and 2,624 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,593.4 inhabitants per square mile (1,387.4/km2). There were 4,962 housing units at an average density of 1,717.0 per square mile (662.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.1% White, 7.3% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 4,554 households, of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.0% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.4% were non-families. 36.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.97.

The median age in the city was 39.5 years. 21.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.2% were from 25 to 44; 27.5% were from 45 to 64; and 14.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.


Like other communities in the Mill Creek Valley, Reading has an economy dominated by heavy industry, including suppliers for aerospace and automotive plants in nearby Sharonville and Evendale. Thermo Fisher Scientific's Patheon subsidiary operates a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant on 30 acres (12 ha) in the city.

The Bridal District along Benson Street in downtown Reading is the most well-known concentration of wedding-related businesses in the United States.

The electronics store chain Steinberg's was founded and based in Reading until its bankruptcy and liquidation in 1997.


The Reading Community City School District, Reading's public school system, included two neighborhood schools, Central Elementary and Hilltop Elementary, which both served Pre-K through fifth grade. Reading Middle School was co-located with Central Elementary and housed grades 6–8. Reading High School served grades 9-12 and is the home of the 2003 division III state boys basketball champions. The new Pre K-12 school opened up Monday September 9, 2019.

Reading includes a Roman Catholic all-girl's high school, Mount Notre Dame High School, where the daughter of Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman was one of the first students. Also included is a Catholic elementary school, Sts. Peter and Paul Academy serve students in grades K-8.

Reading is served by a branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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