Dublin, Ohio

Dublin, Ohio
City of Dublin

Dublin City Hall

Motto: "Where Yesterday Meets Tomorrow!"

Location of Dublin within Ohio.

Location of Dublin in Franklin County
Coordinates: 40°6′33″N 83°8′25″W / 40.10917°N 83.14028°W / 40.10917; -83.14028Coordinates: 40°6′33″N 83°8′25″W / 40.10917°N 83.14028°W / 40.10917; -83.14028
Country United States
State Ohio
Counties Franklin, Delaware, Union
City status 1987
  Mayor Mike Keenan
  City 24.80 sq mi (64.23 km2)
  Land 24.44 sq mi (63.30 km2)
  Water 0.36 sq mi (0.93 km2)  1.45%
Elevation 830 ft (253 m)
Population (2010)[2]
  City 41,751
  Estimate (2013[3]) 43,607
  Density 1,708.3/sq mi (659.6/km2)
  Metro 1,773,120
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
  Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 43016-43017
Area code(s) 614
FIPS code 39-22694[4]
GNIS feature ID 1056264[5]
Website City of Dublin, Ohio

Dublin is a city in Franklin, Delaware, and Union counties in the U.S. state of Ohio. The population was 41,751 at the 2010 census. Dublin is a suburb of Columbus, Ohio.

Each year in late May or early June, the city hosts the Memorial Tournament, a stop on golf's PGA Tour. Consequently, numerous golf aficionados choose to make Dublin their home. There are also several other golf courses in Dublin. The Riviera Golf Club (closed in 2014) was home to the American-Italian Golf Association. Tartan Fields Golf Club hosted the LPGA's Wendy's Championship for Children from 2002 through 2006. Dublin also has a public golf course financed by the Muirfield association, as well as the Jack Nicklaus-designed The Country Club of Muirfield Village.

Other annual events include the July 4 music event, a St. Patrick's Day parade, and the Dublin Irish Festival, which is one of the largest Irish-American festivals.


Although its earliest settlements date back to 1802, the village that became Dublin did not begin to take shape until the arrival of the Sells family from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Brothers Peter and Benjamin Sells purchased 400 acres (1.6 km²) of land on the west bank of the Scioto River as a gift for their brother John. In 1808, John Sells brought his family to the region, and by 1810 he had begun to survey lots for the new village with his partner, an Irish gentleman named John Shields. According to historians, Shields is responsible for naming the town after his birthplace:

"If I have the honor conferred upon me to name your village, with the brightness of the morn, and the beaming of the sun on the hills and dales surrounding this beautiful valley, it would give me great pleasure to name your new town after my birthplace, Dublin, Ireland."[6]

By 1833, Dublin contained several mills and only one store.[7] In 1970, Dublin was still a small town with only 681 residents. However, the construction of Interstate 270 facilitated a population boom, spearheaded by the acquisition of major corporate headquarters such as Ashland Inc and Wendy's International. In addition, the growth of the Muirfield Village Golf Club and its residential subdivision attracted numerous affluent citizens to the rapidly growing suburb. Dublin was officially declared a city in 1987, after reaching a population of 5,000 residents.

As part of this boom Dublin significantly expanded its area, annexing parts of Washington, Perry, Concord, and Jerome townships.


Dublin is located at 40°6′33″N 83°8′25″W / 40.10917°N 83.14028°W / 40.10917; -83.14028 (40.109262, −83.140247).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24.80 square miles (64.23 km2), of which 24.44 square miles (63.30 km2) is land and 0.36 square miles (0.93 km2) is water.[1]

The Scioto River passes through Dublin. In this area the river and its tributaries cut deep gorges through the limestone bedrock, and the riverbed is stony. Some of these tributaries feature waterfalls.


Located on the Glaciated Allegheny Plateau, Dublin has relatively flat topography. Nevertheless, there are numerous ravines surrounding the tributaries of the Scioto River, which make for steep cliffs in some areas. Elevations range from 780 feet (238 m) above sea level where the Scioto River leaves the city at Hayden Run Road, while the high point is 1000 feet (305 m) at Glacier Ridge Metro Park.[9][10]


State Route 161 crossing the Scioto River

Being a modern American suburb, the city is primarily accessed by car. In addition to Interstate 270, U.S. Highway 33, State Route 161, and State Route 745 pass through the city. There is a 77-mile (124-km) network of bike trails that run throughout the city. Long term plans include expanding the trails further, as well as connecting them to the regional trail system to facilitate travel to downtown Columbus. COTA provides limited service in the southeast part of the city. Routes 56 and 58 provide express service from the commercial areas around Frantz and Rings Roads to Downtown Columbus during rush hour periods.


Wendy's and Wendy's Company corporate headquarters

Dublin is home to the headquarters of a number of companies, including Cardinal Health, IGS Energy, Stanley Steemer, Wendy's, OCLC, Pacer International and MindLeaders. Other organizations with significant operations include Ashland Inc., Nationwide Insurance and Verizon Wireless (moving to Hilliard, Ohio in Q1 2014. The city is attempting to attract new technology oriented businesses as well. Dublin Methodist Hospital, part of the OhioHealth system, opened in January 2008. The city is in the process of creating a city wide internet (mesh wifi) hotspot; being developed by DHB Networks.

Top employers

According to the City's 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, [11] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of employees
1 Nationwide 5,873
2 Cardinal Health 3,194
3 Medco Health Solutions 2,032
4 Dublin City School District 1,793
6 OhioHealth 925
7 Fiserv 884
8 Ashland 750
9 CareWorks 750
10 Online Computer Library Center 730
11 NCO 605
12 Nexeo Solutions 550
13 Smiths Medical 525
14 Centurylink 500
15 Pacer International 450
16 Wendy's 440
17 LabCorp 380
18 City of Dublin 370
19 Kroger 350
20 PCCW Teleservices 340


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201545,098[12]8.0%
US Census[13]

According to a 2012 estimate,[14] the median income for a household in the city was $114,183, and the median income for a family was $138,590. Males had a median income of $75,279 versus $43,903 for females. The per capita income for the city was $41,122. About 2.1% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 41,751 people, 14,984 households, and 11,656 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,708.3 inhabitants per square mile (659.6/km2). There were 15,779 housing units at an average density of 645.6 per square mile (249.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 80.5% White, 1.8% African American, 0.1% Native American, 15.3% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

As of 2010, the Asian population is: 6.9% Indian, 3.1% Chinese, 2.6% Japanese, 1.3% Korean, 0.2% Vietnamese.

There were 14,984 households of which 45.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.5% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 22.2% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.21.

The median age in the city was 38.3 years. 30.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.3% were from 25 to 44; 29.7% were from 45 to 64; and 7.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.

2000 census

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 31,392 people, 11,209 households, and 8,675 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,486.1 people per square mile (573.9/km²). There were 12,038 housing units at an average density of 569.9 per square mile (220.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.66% White, 1.73% African American, 0.08% Native American, 7.36% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.01% of the population.

There were 11,209 households out of which 46.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.7% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.6% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the city the population was spread out with 32.1% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 33.4% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 5.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.

Japanese population

As of 2011 Columbus has the highest concentration of Asians of any Ohio city.[15] As of 2013 many Japanese expatriates working at Honda offices in the area live in Dublin. As of that year, in some subdivisions in Dublin, Japanese make up 20–30% of the residents. The community includes Japanese restaurants. A Coldwell Banker real estate agent named Akiko Miyamoto stated in Car Talk that the services provided for Japanese speakers by the Dublin City School District attract Japanese expatriates to Dublin.[16]

Honda first established operations in Marysville in 1979. Japanese people began living in Dublin and other suburbs instead of Marysville because Dublin established a support system for Japanese residents and the suburbs offered Saturday schools for Japanese residents. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, 1,071 Japanese people live in Dublin, making up 2.6% of the city's population. And also as of 2010, 122 Japanese live in Union County, making up 0.2% of the county's population; Marysville is in this county. Holly Zachariah of the The Columbus Dispatch stated that "It has been that way historically."[17] According to the "2013 Japanese Direct Investment Survey" by the Consulate-General of Japan in Detroit, Dublin had 2,002 Japanese nationals,[18] giving it the highest such population in the state.[19]


Primary and secondary schools

The Dublin City School District has three high schools (Coffman, Scioto, and Jerome), four middle schools (Sells, Davis, Grizzell, and Karrer) and thirteen elementary schools. As of autumn 2006, the approximate student enrollment was 13,200. In 1996, the documentary Children in America's Schools with Bill Moyers based on the book stated Dublin as the best school district in the country.

The Hilliard City School District also serves a portion of the community.[20] The Hilliard district operates one school, Washington Elementary School, in the city limits.[21]

Area private schools include Meadows Academy in Dublin, St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic School in Dublin, and St. Brendan School in Hilliard.[22]

Post-secondary education

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Columbus State Community College, Ohio Dominican University, and Franklin University have branches in the city.

Public libraries

Dublin Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library

The Dublin Library of the Columbus Metropolitan Library is located in the city.[23] Nearby libraries include the Northwest Library and the Hilliard Branch.[22]

Miscellaneous education

Tolles Technical School is in Plain City.[22]

Parks and recreation

Dublin Community Recreation Center

Dublin features 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) of parks, including 77 miles (124 km) of scenic bike trails and 39 developed parks with wooded natural areas and river frontage. Several Dublin parks are located along the Scioto River, including the two Dublin Kiwanis Riverway parks. The river is accessible at several points for small watercraft, and the nearby Griggs and O'Shaughnessy reservoirs allow motorboating and sailing.

Several of Dublin's parks are home to a unique assortment of outdoor sculptures—part of the Art in Public Places collection, established by the Dublin Arts Council. In 1988, the council developed the program to enhance the quality of life for residents, and to establish a public art tour throughout the city to attract visitors. It has since become a nationally recognized program. The series includes a 12 ft (3.7 m) tall stone portrait of local legend, "Leatherlips" (the Wyandot Native American Chief known for the strength of his word); Field of Corn—featuring 109 human-sized cement ears of corn that seem to sprout from one Dublin field; and a copper house that honors the region's Native American culture.

The Rec Center is home to the Dublin Sea Dragons, a year round competitive swim team.

Ballantrae Park is located at the entrance of its namesake subdivision. Sitting upon a 20-foot-tall hillock, there is a 15-foot (4.6 m) bronze sculpture called "Dancing Hares".[24] An interactive play fountain is found at the base of the hill.

Located on the outskirts of Dublin, Glacier Ridge Metro Park provides amenities and facilities for biking, disc golf, horseback riding, and picnicking.


Dublin Community Church is listed on the NRHP.
Saint John Lutheran Church is listed on the NRHP.
Saint Brigid of Kildare Church

Approximately 35% of Dublin residents affiliate with some religious organization.[25] As such, Dublin is home to many religious organizations, two of which own buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places (Dublin Community Church and Saint John Lutheran Church).[26] Diocesan Publications, a secular company that specializes in producing Catholic parish bulletins among other products, has an office in Dublin.[27]

Religious Organization Denomination or Governing Body
Amlin United Methodist United Methodist Church[28]
Berean Bible Church Nondenominational[29][30]
Champions in Christ Church United Pentecostal Church International[31][32]
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Columbus Ohio North Stake[33]
Discover Christian Church Nondenominational[34]
Dublin Baptist Church Southern Baptist Convention[35]
Dublin Community Church United Church of Christ[36]
Dublin Presbyterian Church Presbyterian Church (USA)[37]
Encounter Church Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches[38]
Faith Community Church Evangelical Free Church of America[39]
Fellowship Baptist Church General Association of Regular Baptist Churches[40]
First Apostolic Church United Pentecostal Church International[31]
Indian Run United Methodist Church United Methodist Church[28]
Noor Islamic Cultural Center American Islamic Waqf[41]
Northwest Chapel Grace Brethren Church Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches[38]
Northwest Presbyterian Church Presbyterian Church in America[42]
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Evangelical Lutheran Church in America[43]
Radiant Life Church Assemblies of God USA[44]
Saint Brigid of Kildare Church Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus[45]
Saint John Lutheran Church Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod[46]
Saint Patrick's Episcopal Church Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio[47]
Vineyard Church at Tuttle Crossing Association of Vineyard Churches[48]
Vineyard Columbus Sawmill Campus Association of Vineyard Churches[48]
Vista Community Church Evangelical Covenant Church[49]

Notable people

See also


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