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West Chester state's largest township,

September 27, 2011  |  Awards and Rankings

Written by:Jennifer Bake

West Chester Township, situated along Interstate 75 between Dayton and Cincinnati, grew 11 percent in population over the last decade, making it the largest township in Ohio, according to new U.S. Census figures. 

The number of West Chester residents increased from 54,895 in 2000 to 60,958 in 2010, bypassing Colerain and Green townships in Hamilton County, formerly the No. 1 and No. 2 townships in the state. 

Colerain’s population declined 2.7 percent from 60,144 residents in 2000 to 58,499. It is now the second-largest township. Green Township grew 4.9 percent from 55,660 to 58,370, but still comes in just under Colerain as the third-largest. 

West Chester leaders attribute their residential growth to a big business boom over the last decade - particularly along the Union Centre Boulevard/I-75 interchange - and strong schools in an attractive, safe location conveniently located between two metropolitan areas.

“We have worked very hard over the last decade to ensure that West Chester is a very desirable place to work and do business,” said Township Trustee President Catherine Stoker. “I think the census reflects all the hard work we have put into energizing this community.” 

Locally, the fastest-growing township appears to be West Chester’s neighbor, Liberty Township, which jumped 63 percent from 22,819 to 37,259 residents in the last decade. 

In Warren County, Deerfield Township grew 41.3 percent, from 25,515 residents to 36,059. Clermont County’s Union Township jumped 9.6 percent to 46,416 residents. 

Hamilton County’s Anderson Township dipped 0.9 percent to 43,446 residents from 43,857.