Hamilton, Ohio is located within Butler County in the southwestern portion of the state. The city boasts a population of over 62,000 people and is considered part of the Cincinnati metropolitan area. The Hamilton City School District is considered the best urban school district in Ohio State. Janet Baker, the district superintendent, has been named the year's superintendent of Ohio.
The city was originally an industrial township and now has lots of high-tech manufacturing facilities. The city has just been revitalized through the support from the arts. It has been declared the 'City of Sculpture,' because of the wide variety of sculptures in the downtown area and in Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park.
The region is now known as Hamilton but was named Fairfield back in 1794. During that year, Fort Hamilton was constructed there. In the year 1810, Hamilton was incorporated, but 5 years later lost its status after failing to hold elections. During 1827 the community was reincorporated and in 1857 it became a city. Immigrants from Germany were attracted to the city of Hamilton and influenced its culture, specially its architecture and food. Paper production and iron works were two main industries which boomed within Hamilton from the early to mid-20th century.
In the year 1913, much of the city of Hamilton was damaged in the Great Dayton Flood. The town later became known as "Little Chicago" because numerous Chicago gangsters bought houses within Hamilton. During World War II, Hamilton factories manufactured supplies for the war. Then again, military employees were forbidden to enter the city of Hamilton on account of the many prostitution and gambling establishments which had taken root there.
Nowadays Hamilton visitors and residents benefit from the city's many parks. Outdoor activities take place within Joyce Park, Miami Woods, Sanders Park, Milkin Woods and Crawford Woods. People can normally be seen bicycling and strolling on the scenic paved paths along the banks of the Great Miami River. There are numerous quality golf courses within the region. The local ice rink is busy during winter with hockey and skating.
The residents of Hamilton usually travel to nearby Cincinnati for cultural and sporting events. The Kings Island amusement and recreational center and the Beach Waterpark are also popular recreation areas located in the city of Hamilton. There is also a forest park situated within Campbell Gard on the Great Miami River.