St. Paris, Ohio

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St. Paris is a village in Champaign County, Ohio, United States. The population was 1,998 at the 2000 census.

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History

The area where St. Paris now stands was originally inhabited by Native Americans. The first European settlers arrived in 1797 and the village was founded in 1831 by David Huffman, who originally named it New Paris. Upon learning that another town in Ohio already had that name, he changed the name to St. Paris. There is apparently an actual Saint Paris (also known as Amasius, Bishop of Teano; d. 356) among the saints recognized by the Catholic Church, though it is unclear whether Huffman intended the village's new name as a tribute to this saint.

One of the houses in the village, known as the "Monitor House", has been declared a historic site and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3]

Geography

St. Paris is located at 40°7′41″N 83°57′36″W / 40.12806°N 83.96°W / 40.12806; -83.96 (40.128173, -83.959863)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,998 people, 781 households, and 556 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,302.5 people per square mile (886.7/km²). There were 809 housing units at an average density of 932.3/sq mi (359.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.55% White, 0.10% African American, 0.60% Native American, 0.15% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.65% of the population.

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