Cairo, Ohio

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Cairo (pronounced /ˈkɛəroʊ/ KAIR-oh) is a village in Allen County, Ohio, United States. The population was 499 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Lima Metropolitan Statistical Area. As indicated above, the village's name is pronounced differently from the English name for the Egyptian city having the same spelling: listen.

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Geography

Cairo is located at the intersection of what was the east-west U.S. Route 30 (the Lincoln Highway) and the north-south State Route 65 ("Ottawa Road") in the middle of farming country. In the 1970s, Route 30 was upgraded and moved approximately one mile south of Cairo. Now, the east-west street in Cairo is Main Street. Cairo lies near the following towns:

  • Lima, about six miles to the south on State Route 65
  • Columbus Grove, about six miles to the north on State Route 65
  • Gomer, about five miles to the west on the old Lincoln Highway route
  • Beaverdam, about six miles to the east on the old Lincoln Highway route

The elevation of the land area of Cairo (ranges from about 812' at the west end to 842' at the east end of the village above sea level) is benchmarked at 815' above sea level, generally flat and moderately wooded. The nearest stream with year-round flow is Rattlesnake Creek which flows from south of the village and passes just to the west of the village. Water flow in the village is generally from the south and east to the north and west.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 499 people, 181 households, and 148 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,064.0 people per square mile (802.8/km²). There were 184 housing units at an average density of 761.1/sq mi (296.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.60% White, 0.40% African American, 0.20% Asian, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population.

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