Symmes Township, Hamilton County, Ohio

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Symmes Township, Hamilton County, Ohio
Waldschmidt House at Camp Dennison
Waldschmidt House at Camp Dennison
Official logo of Symmes Township, Hamilton County, Ohio
Location in Hamilton County and the state of Ohio.
Location in Hamilton County and the state of Ohio.
Coordinates: 39°15′18″N 84°18′5″W / 39.25500°N 84.30139°W / 39.25500; -84.30139Coordinates: 39°15′18″N 84°18′5″W / 39.25500°N 84.30139°W / 39.25500; -84.30139
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedJanuary 19, 1822[1]
 • Total8.6 sq mi (22.4 km2)
 • Land8.4 sq mi (21.8 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Elevation735 ft (224 m)
 • Total14,683
 • Density1,700/sq mi (660/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)513
FIPS code39-76028[3]
GNIS feature ID1086232[2]

Symmes Township (/ˈsɪmz/ SIMZ) is one of the twelve townships of Hamilton County, Ohio, United States. The 2010 census found 14,683 people in the township.[4]


Located in the northeastern corner of the county, the township has been cut into two "islands" due to annexations by surrounding cities, they have the following borders:

The northern island[edit]

The southern island[edit]

  • Miami Township, Clermont County - north and east
  • Columbia Township - south
  • Indian Hill - west

Unincorporated communities[edit]

The cities of Indian Hill, Loveland, and Montgomery have annexed large portions of Symmes Township, especially Indian Hill; the following census-designated places (unincorporated communities) are in the township:


Named for John Cleves Symmes, it is one of two Symmes Townships statewide; the other Symmes Township is located in Lawrence County.


Former Symmes Township logo

Symmes Township is located in what was originally the Symmes Purchase; the township was incorporated by an act of the General Assembly on January 19, 1822.[1][5] However, its year of establishment is usually given as 1824, as seen in the township's previous logo. In 1853, the Little Miami Railroad was completed, connecting the township to Cincinnati. Symmes Township survived a 1994 attempt to merge with Loveland,[6] as well as efforts the following year to incorporate most of Symmes and Deerfield Townships as the City of Heritage.[7]

In June 1994, dozens of people witnessed what was initially thought to be an advertising balloon, though Hamilton County has no record of a permit for an advertising balloon that day; the orb remained stationary and was circled by local air traffic. It was visible into the night, but by the next morning it was gone.[8]


The township is governed by a three-member board of trustees, who are elected in November of odd-numbered years to a four-year term beginning on the following January 1. Two are elected in the year after the presidential election and one is elected in the year before it. There is also an elected township fiscal officer,[9] who serves a four-year term beginning on April 1 of the year after the election, which is held in November of the year before the presidential election. Vacancies in the fiscal officership or on the board of trustees are filled by the remaining trustees.

Police and fire protection in Symmes Township are the responsibility of the Hamilton County Sheriff and the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department respectively.

Government officials[edit]


Three different school districts include parts of the township:

Many private schools are located near Symmes Township as well, including Cincinnati Country Day School, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, Archbishop Moeller High School, Ursuline Academy, St. Margaret of York Elementary School, and St. Columban School.

The township is also served by a branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.[10]


  1. ^ a b Chase, Salmon Portland (1835). The statutes of Ohio and of the Northwestern Territory, adopted or enacted from 1788 to 1833 inclusive. 3. Cincinnati: Corey & Fairbank. p. 2248. Chap. MMCIV.—An act to incorporate the township of Symmes, in the county of Hamilton. Passed, January 19, 1822: 20 O. L. L. 16.
  2. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Symmes township, Hamilton County, Ohio". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 9, 2012.
  5. ^ Kilbourn, John (1833). The Ohio Gazetteer, or, a Topographical Dictionary. Scott and Wright. p. 438. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  6. ^ Hunter, Ginny (1994-08-18). "Petitions would put merger panel to vote Loveland Council hears residents". The Cincinnati Post. E. W. Scripps Company. p. Editorial 1. Retrieved 2006-09-08.
  7. ^ Hunter, Ginny (1995-10-05). "Growth spurs vision for new city Proponents could put 'Heritage' on map". The Cincinnati Post. E. W. Scripps Company. p. 14A. Retrieved 2006-09-08.
  8. ^ UFOs at close sight: the Symmes Township Orb., 2001. (archived) Accessed 2007-05-30.
  9. ^ §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.
  10. ^ "Symmes Township Branch". Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Retrieved 12 June 2014.

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