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Rio Grande, Ohio
Bob Evans Farm Hall on the university campus
Bob Evans Farm Hall on the university campus
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Location of Rio Grande, Ohio
Location of Rio Grande, Ohio
Location of Rio Grande in Gallia County
Location of Rio Grande in Gallia County
Coordinates: 38°53′1″N 82°22′48″W / 38.88361°N 82.38000°W / 38.88361; -82.38000Coordinates: 38°53′1″N 82°22′48″W / 38.88361°N 82.38000°W / 38.88361; -82.38000
Country United States
State Ohio
County Gallia
Township Raccoon
 • Total 1.38 sq mi (3.58 km2)
 • Land 1.37 sq mi (3.55 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
650 ft (198 m)
 • Total 830
 • Estimate 
 • Density 570.07/sq mi (220.16/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 740
FIPS code 39-67258
GNIS feature ID 1076745

Rio Grande ( RY-oh-_-grand) is a village in Gallia County, Ohio, United States. The population was 830 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Point Pleasant, WV–OH Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Although the town is named after the river in the southern United States, its name is pronounced "Rye-O Grand" rather than the traditional Spanish pronunciation so that it rhymes with "Ohio."

Rio Grande is home to the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College, the alma mater of Bevo Francis, who set and until recently still held the NCAA basketball single-game scoring record. It is also the original location of Bob Evans Restaurants. The restaurant chain began as a single truck stop diner in Rio Grande.


The name of Rio Grande was chosen to commemorate the Mexican–American War.


Rio Grande is located at 38°53′1″N 82°22′48″W / 38.88361°N 82.38000°W / 38.88361; -82.38000 (38.883731, -82.379968).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.37 square miles (3.55 km2), of which 1.36 square miles (3.52 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Rio Grande is located very close to Raccoon Creek, a tributary of the Ohio River.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 204
1950 388 90.2%
1960 333 −14.2%
1970 814 144.4%
1980 864 6.1%
1990 995 15.2%
2000 915 −8.0%
2010 830 −9.3%
2019 (est.) 781 −5.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 830 people, 223 households, and 142 families residing in the village. The population density was 610.3 inhabitants per square mile (235.6/km2). There were 292 housing units at an average density of 214.7 per square mile (82.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 87.2% White, 8.8% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 223 households, of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.0% were married couples living together, 18.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.3% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.80.

The median age in the village was 21.9 years. 16% of residents were under the age of 18; 47% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17% were from 25 to 44; 12.6% were from 45 to 64; and 7.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 50.4% male and 49.6% female.


Public education in the village of Rio Grande is provided by the Gallipolis City School District. Campuses serving the village include Rio Grande Elementary School, Gallia Academy Middle School, and Gallia Academy High School.

The University of Rio Grande is a private not-for-profit center of tertiary education.

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