Rio Grande, Ohio

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Rio Grande is a village in Gallia County, Ohio, United States. The population was 915 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Point Pleasant, WV–OH Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Although the town is named after the river in the southern United States, its name is pronounced "Rye-O Grand" rather than the traditional Spanish pronunciation so that it rhymes with "Ohio."

Rio Grande is home to the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College, the alma mater of Bevo Francis, who set and still holds the NCAA basketball single-game scoring record.[citation needed] It is also the original location of Bob Evans Restaurants. The restaurant chain began as a single truck stop diner in Rio Grande.



Rio Grande is located at 38°53′1″N 82°22′48″W / 38.88361°N 82.38°W / 38.88361; -82.38 (38.883731, -82.379968)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²), of which, 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²) of it is land and 0.83% is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 915 people, 232 households, and 145 families residing in the village. The population density was 764.1 people per square mile (294.4/km²). There were 277 housing units at an average density of 231.3/sq mi (89.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 90.82% White, 4.04% African American, 1.09% Native American, 2.08% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 1.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population.

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