Blue Ash, Ohio

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Blue Ash is a city in Hamilton County, Ohio
Hamilton County, Ohio
As of 2000, there were 845,303 people, 346,790 households, and 212,582 families residing in the county. The population density was 2,075 people per square mile . There were 373,393 housing units at an average density of 917 per square mile...

, United States
United States
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, and an inner suburb of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio. Cincinnati is the county seat of Hamilton County. Settled in 1788, the city is located to north of the Ohio River at the Ohio-Kentucky border, near Indiana. The population within city limits is 296,943 according to the 2010 census, making it Ohio's...

, which is located just to the south. The population was 12,513 at the 2000 census.


Blue Ash is located at 39°14′50"N 84°22′34"W (39.247109, -84.376038).

According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
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, the city has a total area of 7.7 square miles (19.9 km²), of which 7.7 square miles (19.9 km²) of it is land and 0.13% is water.

Blue Ash can be reached by Interstate 71 to the east, Interstate 275 to the north, and Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway to the south. A public airport, the Blue Ash Airport, is operated by the city. The 123rd Air Control Squadron of the Ohio Air National Guard
Ohio Air National Guard
The Ohio Air National Guard is a part of the United States National Guard and an Air Reserve Component of the United States Air Force. It is composed of approximately 5,000 airmen and officers assigned to four flying wings and eight non-flying support units. OHANG units are based in Columbus,...

 is based at the airport.


The area that is now Blue Ash was settled circa 1791. In 1797, the first settlers built Carpenter's Run Baptist Church out of Fraxinus quadrangulata (blue ash) logs, giving the area its eventual name.

In the late 19th century, the Cincinnati, Lebanon and Northern Railway provided narrow gauge commuter rail service to Blue Ash. The eventual Blue Ash Airport was built as Grisard Field in 1921 and sold to the City of Cincinnati in 1946. Cincinnati desired to expand the airport for major commercial service through the 1950s, but Blue Ash fought the city by incorporating first as a village in 1955 and then as a city in 1961.

In 1998, Blue Ash was to be the northern end of a proposed 19 miles (30.6 km) MetroMoves
MetroMoves was a 2002 proposal by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority to expand and improve public transportation in the greater Cincinnati metropolitan area. The 30-year vision included the addition of light rail lines, commuter rail lines, streetcars in the downtown area, and expanded...

 light rail
Light rail
Light rail or light rail transit is a form of urban rail public transportation that generally has a lower capacity and lower speed than heavy rail and metro systems, but higher capacity and higher speed than traditional street-running tram systems...

 line, but the proposal was rejected by Hamilton County voters.

On April 9, 1999, Blue Ash experienced an F3 tornado that caused four deaths.


As of the census
A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. It is a regularly occurring and official count of a particular population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common...

of 2000, there were 12,513 people, 4,990 households, and 3,468 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 was 1,634.6 people per square mile (630.7/km²). There were 5,251 housing units at an average density of 686.0 per square mile (264.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.09% White, 5.01% African American, 0.25% Native American, 6.39% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races
Race (United States Census)
Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, as defined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and the United States Census Bureau, are self-identification data items in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify, and indicate whether or not they are...

, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.97% of the population.

There were 4,990 households out of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $61,591, and the median income for a family was $69,494. Males had a median income of $52,743 versus $35,060 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the city was $33,801. About 3.8% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.8% of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those age 65 or over.


Blue Ash is mostly served by the Sycamore Community School District
Sycamore Community School District
Sycamore Community School District is a school district in southwestern Ohio, USA, mainly in its Hamilton County. It is commonly referred to as "Sycamore Community Schools" in the area...

 which has had the most National Merit Scholars
National Merit Scholarship Program
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 of any public school in Ohio
Ohio is a Midwestern state in the United States. The 34th largest state by area in the U.S.,it is the 7th‑most populous with over 11.5 million residents, containing several major American cities and seven metropolitan areas with populations of 500,000 or more.The state's capital is Columbus...

 for the past four years and has been given the highest rating of "Excellent" by the Ohio Department of Education for eight consecutive years. The Princeton City School District
Princeton City School District
Princeton City School District is a city school district in northern Hamilton County, Ohio. It is commonly referred to as "Princeton City Schools" in the area....

 covers a western portion of the city. Private education is provided by Moeller High School
Moeller High School
Archbishop Moeller High School , known as Moeller, is a private, all-male, college-preparatory high school in the suburbs of Cincinnati, in Hamilton County, Ohio...

 for high school boys, while Ursuline Academy
Ursuline Academy (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Ursuline Academy is a four-year college-preparatory private girls’ Catholic high school founded by the Ursuline sisters of Brown County, Ohio in 1896...

 is for high school girls. Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy
Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy
Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy is a private Christian university-preparatory school, located in two separate locations throughout the Cincinnati, Ohio area...

 serves grades k-12. Blue Ash is also home to Raymond Walters College, a satellite campus of University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati is a comprehensive public research university in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a part of the University System of Ohio....



Blue Ash offers three summer events each year: Summerbration; Red, White, and Blue Ash; and Taste of Blue Ash. Red, White and Blue Ash is held annually on July 4 and features the biggest Independence Day
Independence Day (United States)
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 firework display in the region. These events also draw internationally popular headlining rock acts. On July 4, 2010 the bands Yes
Yes (band)
Yes are an English rock band who achieved worldwide success with their progressive, art, and symphonic style of rock music. Regarded as one of the pioneers of the progressive genre, Yes are known for their lengthy songs, mystical lyrics, elaborate album art, and live stage sets...

 and Peter Frampton
Peter Frampton
Peter Kenneth Frampton is an English musician, singer, producer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. He was previously associated with the bands Humble Pie and The Herd. Frampton's international breakthrough album was his live release, Frampton Comes Alive!. The album sold over 6 million copies...

 drew a record estimated 150,000 people to that year's Red, White, and Blue Ash event. Due to budget constraints the City of Blue Ash decided to suspend their "Summerbration" event for 2010 as well as 2011, with hopes to resume the event in the near future.

Blue Ash and the neighboring city of Montgomery
Montgomery, Ohio
Montgomery is a city in Hamilton County, Ohio, United States settled in 1796. The town was a coach stop on the Cincinnati-Zanesville Road, later known as the Montgomery Pike with an Inn, two taverns, a grist mill and a carding mill to process its agricultural products...

 partner to support the Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra
Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra
The Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra isan American orchestra based in Blue Ash, Ohio, a northeastern suburb of Cincinnati. It was founded in 1987 as the Blue Ash Symphony Orchestra by Paul Stanbery, who was also its first conductor. The first concert took place on July 5, 1987.In 2002, the...

, which performs at local events.

Blue Ash is a sister city of Ilmenau
Ilmenau is a town located in the district of Ilm-Kreis, Thuringia, Germany.Ilmenau is situated in the valley of the Ilm river, at an altitude of 431 metres above sea level, and is the biggest town in Ilm-Kreis district, with 6,200 students studying at the Technische Universität Ilmenau. The...

 in Germany.


Blue Ash's "daytime population" reaches approximately 55,000 due to the 20,000 businesses within the Blue Ash city limits. The city's industrial and commercial parks are home to many corporate headquarters, including:
  • Belcan Corporation, an engineering consulting firm
  • Casler Design Group, an architecture, planning and interior design firm
  • Citigroup
    Citigroup Inc. or Citi is an American multinational financial services corporation headquartered in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States. Citigroup was formed from one of the world's largest mergers in history by combining the banking giant Citicorp and financial conglomerate...

     (North America Information Technology Division)
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery
    Ethicon Endo-Surgery
    Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is a company that designs and manufactures medical devices and surgical instruments with the intent of minimizing the invasiveness of surgery....

    , a medical device manufacturer
  • Sunny Delight Beverages
    Sunny Delight Beverages
    Sunny Delight Beverages Co. is the creator of Sunny Delight, aka SunnyD. It spun off from Procter & Gamble in 2004. The company is owned by J.W. Childs Associates. -Headquarters:*USA: Cincinnati, Ohio*Europe: Barcelona, SpainMillis MA-Products:*SunnyD...

    , manufacturer of Sunny Delight
    Sunny Delight is a popular orange-flavored drink, manufactured until recently by Procter & Gamble. It produced an estimated $450 million in revenue for Procter & Gamble in 2004.-History:...

  • TSJ Media, a Hispanic newspaper and radio chain

The Procter & Gamble
Procter & Gamble
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 Sharon Woods Innovation Center is also located in Blue Ash.

Notable people

The following people either were born in Blue Ash or at some point lived there:
  • Malar Balasubramanian
    Malar Balasubramanian
    Malar Balasubramanian is an American pediatrician who pleaded guilty on January 30, 2006 to a charge of involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to ten years in prison.-Education and career:...

     – pediatrician charged with involuntary manslaughter
  • Nicki Brant – rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist for the Powder Puffs
  • William F. Brown
    William F. Brown
    William F. Brown was an American welding engineer, professional engineer and magnetic pulse welding expert.- Life and career :...

     – welding engineer
  • Rev. Joseph Crane Hartzell
    Joseph Crane Hartzell
    Joseph Crane Hartzell 1 June 1842 – 6 September 1929) was an American Missionary Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church who served in the United States and in Africa. He was elected in 1896.-Early life and family:...

     – Missionary Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church
    Methodist Episcopal Church
    The Methodist Episcopal Church, sometimes referred to as the M.E. Church, was a development of the first expression of Methodism in the United States. It officially began at the Baltimore Christmas Conference in 1784, with Francis Asbury and Thomas Coke as the first bishops. Through a series of...

  • Adrienne Hester-Quill – first violinist with the Las Velitras Orchestra
  • Mark P. Painter
    Mark P. Painter
    Mark Philip Painter , served from 1995–2009 as a judge of the Ohio 1st District Court of Appeals in Hamilton County , after 13 years on the Hamilton County Municipal Court...

     – state appellate judge, United Nations appellate judge
  • Douglas Wise – photorealist artist in the drawing medium
  • Amy Yasbeck
    Amy Yasbeck
    Amy Marie Yasbeck is an American film and television actress. She is best known for her role as Casey Chapel Davenport on the sitcom Wings from 1994-1997.-Early life:...

     – film and television actress, Wings

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