Republic, Ohio

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Republic is a village in Seneca County, Ohio, United States. The population was 614 at the 2000 census.



In 1834, Sidney Smith hired R.M. Shoemaker of Cincinnati to survey a new town at the corners of sections 15, 16, 21, and 22 in Scipio Township. He called it "Republic," though it was known by many early settlers simply as "Scipio Center."

With the arrival of a rail line from Sandusky in 1841, Republic became a popular trading center. Stores, warehouses, shops, and factories sprang up almost overnight. And, a second rail line was contemplated between Republic and Melmore in Eden Township.

When the old Seneca County courthouse at Tiffin burned on May 21, 1841, efforts were made to establish the new county seat at Republic.

Republic's fortunes began to decline when the new Cincinnati, Sandusky & Cleveland Railroad bypassed it to make a straight run to Tiffin, although it experienced something of a revival with the coming of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.


Republic is located at 41°7′18″N 83°1′3″W / 41.12167°N 83.0175°W / 41.12167; -83.0175 (41.121793, -83.017478)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 614 people, 223 households, and 165 families residing in the village. The population density was 711.4 people per square mile (275.7/km²). There were 237 housing units at an average density of 274.6/sq mi (106.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.67% White, 0.33% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.79% of the population.

There were 223 households out of which 39.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.3% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.0% were non-families. 22.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.19.

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