Clermont County, Ohio

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Clermont County is a county located in the state of Ohio, United States, just east of Cincinnati. As of 2000, the population was 177,977, and estimated at 196,364 in 2009. Its county seat is Batavia.[3] The county is named either for a place in France or for the French for "clear mountain", though there are no mountains there.[4]

Clermont County is part of the CincinnatiMiddletown, OH-KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Clermont County was established in 1800 and was the eighth County established in the Northwest Territory. The first village in Clermont County was Williamsburg, which was established in 1796. A large number of the early settlers came from Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Virginia. The original county seat was in Williamsburg (originally spelled Williamsburgh), where it remained until 1823. It then moved to New Richmond along the Ohio River for one year before moving to Batavia, where it remains today.

Clermont County played an important role in the Underground Railroad due to it being just across the river from the slave owning state of Kentucky. A number of villages in Clermont County gave refuge to slaves, including New Richmond, Moscow, Williamsburg and Bethel. Clermont County was one of the first places that slaves could rest and be safe. A number of Native American tribes called Clermont County home, including the Miami, Delaware, Mingo and Shawnee.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 458 square miles (1,186.2 km2). 452 square miles (1,170.7 km2) is land and 6 square miles (15.5 km2) (1.24%) is water.

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