Arlington Heights is a small Village located in Hamilton County, Ohio. The population, according to the latest Census Bureau is 745, which is down from 845 from the 2000 census report.
Arlington Heights’ Beginning
Arlington Heights became incorporated back in 1889, as it was formerly known as Arlington. However, due to another town using the name Arlington, the founding members changed the name by adding the word, “Heights.” Therefore, in 1905, Arlington Heights became a village.
Arlington Gets A Bell and a Public Building
Water pipes, electric lines, and phone lines were all installed before 1905, as well as the roads, were platted and graded. In 1895, after purchasing some extra property, the citizenry of Arlington Heights occupied their first public building in June, as well as obtaining a fire hose, and a hose reel.
Later that year, for just under $50.00, a bell was purchased to signal fires and town hall meetings. Next, the village added a bell tower to house their bell. The bell served as a way of notifying the public all the way up until 1932.
Arlington’s First Village Hall, Church, and School
As the Village grew, so didn’t the needs of the residents. The town needed a proper place to worship, a place for children to receive an education, and of course, a place to hold meetings and handle Village business.
In 1930, a measure was on the ballot for the Village to get a “town hall” building. Late in 1931, the building was completed and ready to be used for the citizenry. It cost roughly $19,000 to complete.
In 1932, the Village added a school for their children, and the faith based people requested a church. The Faith Community Church was finished in 1937.
Arlington Heights Today
Since the mid-2000’s, Arlington Heights has been the center of some controversy. Several scandals shook the small community. The town became known as a “traffic ticket trap“, and village employees were accused of mishandling and stealing city funds.
In 2011, according to a report, Arlington Heights issued 4,037 traffic tickets. What makes this alarming, is the fact that the town only has 745 people, which breaks down to 5.4 traffic tickets a person per year.
The high amount of traffic tickets is far above the state average, which is 0.2 case per capita. Arlington Height’s is issuing tickets at a staggering 5.91 ticket per capita rate. This makes the Village third highest amongst traffic ticket violation cases in Ohio.
In 2012, two former Arlington Heights employees were indicted by a Hamilton County grand jury for charges relating to theft of roughly $260,000. The money was allegedly stolen from Village foundations.
Also that year, Joe Deters, a Hamilton County prosecutor, called for the Village to be shut down due to its scandalous nature. He accused officials and the Village of running nothing more than a speed trap.
In 2016, the Village’s police department officially disbanded and now the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department oversees the law enforcement duties.
Arlington Heights’ Demographics
- Population of 745
- 329 Households
- 180 Families in the Village
- 382 housing units
- 80 percent white racial makeup
- 14.8 percent African American
- 0.9 Asian
- 29.2 percent of households had children under 18 living with them
- 33.4 percent of households are married
- Median age in Arlington Heights is 36.3 years old
- The gender makeup is 50.2 percent women, 49.8 percent men
- The median income for a household is $30,288
- 13 percent of the population is living in poverty
Although Arlington Heights had a few minor scandals, it does remain an upbeat community for families to live.
That said, this village faces just as many challenges as other towns do. There are challenges for employment and keeping residents from leaving the community. Arlington Heights is a lovely setting with access to the Ohio River and Cincinnati. There are many advantages to living there.