Dublin is a city in Franklin County in the U.S. state of Ohio. The population was 49,328 in the 2020 census with a census estimate of 49,037 in 2019. Dublin is a suburb of Columbus. The city of Dublin hosts the yearly Memorial Tournament at the Muirfield Village Golf Club. The Dublin Irish Festival (called Dublin Irish Days in 2021) advertises itself as the largest three-day Irish festival in the world.
Native Americans from the Hopewell tradition, Adena culture, Delaware, Shawnee , and Wyandot people were among the first known inhabitants of the countryside that was to become Dublin, Ohio.
The Wyandots were decimated by disease and a disastrous war with the Five Nations of the Iroquois. Forced out of their homeland near Georgian Bay, they had moved to the Ohio countryside.
General Anthony Wayne defeated the Wyandots and other Ohio American Indian peoples at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794. The Wyandot surrendered most of their land in Ohio with the signing of the Treaty of Greenville.
Chief Shateyaronyah, known as "Leatherlips" to locals, an important leader, signed the Treaty of Greenville on August 3, 1795, and encouraged cooperation with white settlers near the end of his life. That policy of accommodating Europeans led to conflict with a movement led by two Shawnee brothers, Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa (The Prophet). Tenskwatawa reacted strongly against Leatherlips and condemned him to death for signing away native lands, and for "witchcraft". More likely was that this was for his refusal to join the Shawnee. Rather than break the pledge that he signed in 1795, Leatherlips was killed in 1810.
The Leatherlips sculpture in Scioto Park was created to honor Chief Shateyaronyah, "Leatherlips" in 1990.
After the Revolutionary War, the United States Government gave 2,000 acres of land along the Scioto River to Lieutenant James Holt as payment for his service. In 1802, Pennsylvanians, Peter and Benjamin Sells, purchased 400 acres (1.6 km2) of this land for their brother, John. Today, the site of the John Sells’ original purchase is known as Historic Dublin. 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, when brothers Peter and Benjamin Sells purchased 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:
By 1833, Dublin contained several mills and only one store.
Dublin was incorporated in 1881.
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 August 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.
The city's Bridge Street District is currently under development. The site has 400 apartments and condominiums, retail, offices, and other space.
In 2017, out of over 15,000 towns and neighborhoods in the U.S. Dublin was ranked 6th best place to live in the United States
By 2020, Dublin, Ohio was ranked 12th Best Small City in America
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of , of which is land and is water.
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 a 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.
The suburban 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. The Dublin Link, a pedestrian and cycling bridge, opened in March 2020.
The Central Ohio Transit Authority provides bus service in parts of the city: route 33 to parts of downtown and the Bridge Street District, while the rush hour route 73 provides express service from commercial areas to Downtown Columbus during rush hour periods.
Dublin is home to the headquarters of several companies, including Cardinal Health, IGS Energy, Stanley Steemer, Wendy's and Online Computer Library Center. Pacer International, a larger intermodal logistics provider, was headquartered in Dublin until its acquisition by XPO Logistics on March 31, 2014. Other organizations with significant operations include Ashland Inc., Nationwide Insurance and CenturyLink. Dublin Methodist Hospital, part of the OhioHealth system, opened in January 2008.
According to the City's 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
According to a 2012 estimate, 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.
As of the census of 2010, there were 41,751 people, 14,984 households, and 11,656 families residing in the city. The population density was . There were 15,779 housing units at an average density of . 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.
As of the census 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.
As of 2011 Dublin has the highest concentration of Asians of any Ohio city. 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.
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 Columbus Dispatch stated that "It has been that way historically." According to the "2013 Japanese Direct Investment Survey" by the Consulate-General of Japan in Detroit, Dublin had 2,002 Japanese nationals, giving it the highest such population in the state.
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 fourteen elementary schools. As of autumn 2006, the approximate student enrollment was 13,200. The 2017-2018 school-year enrollment exceeds 16,200.
The Hilliard City School District also serves a portion of the community. The Hilliard district operates one school, Washington Elementary School, in the city limits.
Area private schools include St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic School in Dublin, Meadows Academy, and St. Brendan School in Hilliard.
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Columbus State Community College, Ohio Dominican University, University of Dayton, and Franklin University have branches in the city.
The Dublin Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library is located in the city. Nearby libraries include the Northwest Library and the Hilliard Branch.
Tolles Technical School is in Plain City.
Columbus Japanese Language School, a Japanese supplementary school, holds its classes in Marysville, and has its school office in Worthington. In March 2020 the school was intending to rent space at Glacier Ridge Elementary School in Dublin. It was held online for a year prior to it beginning its Marysville location in September 2021.
Parks and recreation
Dublin features of parks, including of scenic bike trails and 65+ 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.
The Rec Center is home to the Dublin Sea Dragons, a year-round competitive swim team.
Located on the outskirts of Dublin, Glacier Ridge Metro Park provides amenities and facilities for biking, disc golf, horseback riding, and picnicking. This park is not a part of the City of Dublin’s parks, rather a unit of the Columbus and Franklin County Metroparks.
Arts and culture
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 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.
Ballantrae Park is located at the entrance of its namesake subdivision. Sitting upon a 20-foot-tall hillock, there is a bronze sculpture called Dancing Hares or Giant Dancing Rabbits. An interactive play fountain is found at the base of the hill.
Annual events include: St. Patrick's Day Parade, The Memorial Tournament, Memorial Day Ceremony, Independence Day Celebration, Dublin Irish Festival, which is the largest 3-day Irish festival in the world, Halloween Spooktacular, Veteran's Day Ceremony and Tree Lighting.
Golf courses and tournaments
The city has the following golf clubs:
Each year in late May or early June, Muirfield Village Golf Club hosts the Memorial Tournament, a stop on golf's PGA Tour.
The Muirfield Village Golf Club has also hosted:
1987 The Ryder Cup
2013 The President's Cup
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.
Approximately 35% of Dublin residents affiliate with some religious organization. As such, Dublin is home to many religious organizations, two of which own buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) (Dublin Community Church and Saint John Lutheran Church). Diocesan Publications, a secular company that specializes in producing Catholic parish bulletins among other products, has an office in Dublin. Ohio Dominican University and the University of Dayton, both Catholic universities, have branch campuses in Dublin.
! Religious Organization !! Denomination or Governing Body
| Berean Bible Church || Nondenominational
| Champions in Christ Church || United Pentecostal Church International
| The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints || Columbus Ohio North Stake
| Cypress Church || Wesleyan Church
| Discover Christian Church || Nondenominational
| Dublin Baptist Church || Southern Baptist Convention
| Dublin Community Church || United Church of Christ
| Dublin Presbyterian Church || Presbyterian Church (USA)
| Encounter Church || Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
| Faith Community Church || Evangelical Free Church of America
| Fellowship Baptist Church || General Association of Regular Baptist Churches
| First Apostolic Church || United Pentecostal Church International
| Indian Run United Methodist Church || United Methodist Church
| Northwest Chapel Grace Brethren Church || Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
| Northwest Presbyterian Church || Presbyterian Church in America
| Prince of Peace Lutheran Church || Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
| Radiant Life Church || Assemblies of God USA
| Saint Brigid of Kildare Church || Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus
| Saint John Lutheran Church || Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod
| Saint Patrick's Episcopal Church || Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio
| Vineyard Church at Tuttle Crossing || Association of Vineyard Churches
| Vineyard Columbus Sawmill Campus || Association of Vineyard Churches
| Vista Community Church || Evangelical Covenant Church
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