Mason, Ohio

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Mason is an affluent city in southwestern Warren County, Ohio, United States, and is a part of Greater Cincinnati. As of the 2000 census, Mason's population was 22,016, and as of 2009, is about 30,000.[3] It was the fastest-growing and most populous city in the county. Until February 1997, it was part of Deerfield Township.

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History

On June 1, 1803, Revolutionary War veteran William Mason paid $1,700 at auction to purchase 640 acres (2.6 km2) of land in what is now downtown Mason. In 1815, he platted 16 lots on this land and named the village "Palmira." In 1832, 2 years after the death of William Mason and according to his will, over 40 more lots were platted on the north, south, and west of Palmira. When the plat was officially recorded, the name of the village was listed as "Palmyra." In 1835, a petition was sent to the federal post office to correct the name of the town. It had been listed as Kirkwood, possibly an error because the postmaster at the time was William Kirkwood. When village officials were informed that there was another Palmyra in Ohio, the name was officially changed to "Mason." Mason remained a small farming community for another 125 years. In 1970, a year before the town was incorporated to become a city, there were fewer than 5,700 residents.[4] Famous Mason residents have included: Actor George Clooney, who attended Mason's Western Row Elementary School as well as St. Susanna Catholic School as a youth; Dan Patrick (Mason class of 1974), national radio host, NBC Sports host, Sports Illustrated columnist, and former ESPN anchor; Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer Tom Seaver; and World Golf Hall of Fame member Nancy Lopez. Mason is also ranked number three in the nation in The National Call Of Duty Association.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 22,016 people, 7,789 households, and 5,981 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,250.0 people per square mile (482.7/km²). There were 8,111 housing units at an average density of 460.5/sq mi (177.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.79% White, 1.61% African American, 0.19% Native American, 2.18% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.97% of the population.

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