About Hilliard

Rich in history, our family-friendly community is home to 33 local restaurants, Rails to Trails, a historic village with nine authentic buildings and a museum, the only Early Television Museum in the United States and the second largest First Responders Park in the U.S. Visit our community to experience small town charm and hospitality with all the amenities of a big city. Be sure to stop by our unique restaurants and shops in historic downtown Hilliard, Old Hilliard.


The City of Hilliard, Ohio is a quiet town of about 34,905 residents (2016 count) located centrally in the heart of Ohio and close to the capital, Columbus. Hilliard is known for its close proximity to the I-270 local outerbelt and easy access to well-known I-70 and I-71.

Historical Perspective

John Reed Hilliard bought ten acres of farmland in western Franklin County from Hoseah High and Abraham Wendell. Geographically, the Hilliard area is located between Big Darby Creek on the west and the Scioto River on the east in 1852. Originally called Hilliard’s Station, the town grew around the railroad route of the Piqua and Indiana Railroad station, which bisected the former Hilliard farmland. Hilliard’s Station served as an ideal shipping point for agricultural products going to market and supplies coming to the farmers in the area. The original Hilliard area was platted by John Hilliard on September 1, 1853. Until the mid-20th century, the railroad station and Main Street were the town center. In 1854, a post office was established in Hilliard’s Station and the word “Station” was dropped from the town name. The Village of Hilliard became incorporated on July 13, 1869 with a population of 280 residents. In 1886 the first railroad station was located on the north side of the tracks, west of Main Street, and remained there until 1962 when all railroad services ceased. The original train station has been restored and is a part of the Historical Village located in Weaver Park. The original platted area contained a mix of residences and businesses of varying ages and architecture.

For further information on the history of Hilliard contact the Hilliard Historical Society at 614-876-5880 or www.hilliardohiohistoricalsociety.com/ or www.northwesthistoryexpress.org.

The Future

A dedication for preserving the past while advancing towards a new and promising future is evident throughout Hilliard. The city’s respect of its roots is equally evident in the multimillion dollar investment in streetscape and walkability improvements throughout Hilliard as is the dedication to the future via more than forty million worth of new roadways and telecommunications infrastructure.

Population: 34,905
Area: Approximately 11.1 square miles

Local Economy:

There are approximately 2,198 companies in Hilliard, Ohio. Taken together these companies have estimated annual sales of $1,053,218,996 and employ an estimated 15,034 people.


The median age in Hilliard is 36.5 years (51% female, 49% male). The average Hilliard resident is married, owns their own home and has minor children.

The median household income in Hilliard is $ 90,594.