Moving to New Richmond, OH? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Before Making the Move, Get to Know the Ins and Outs of Your Amazing New Home!

View of Front Street at sunset


Alexandra Ross


Jan 21, 2021

With a population of about 2,600, New Richmond may not be the biggest town in Ohio — but it has a LOT to offer. Between the amazing landscapes, tons of activities and events, strong economy, and best of all, the close community, you’ll find yourself feeling fully at home here in no time.

Before you make the move to New Richmond, there’s probably a lot you want to know. You probably have lots of questions about the town and the people living in it. Look no further — we have the answers here!

Here’s what you should know about moving to New Richmond:

  • History of New Richmond
  • Facts and figures about New Richmond
  • Local favorite things to do in New Richmond
  • And more!

History of New Richmond

Before Moving to New Richmond, Get to Know the History of Your New Home

Located about twenty miles southeast of Cincinnati, New Richmond as we know it today was surveyed in June 1778 — mere weeks before the Constitution was officially ratified! The town, which was laid out on two surveys, was named after Richmond, Virginia, the hometown of a founder’s nephew. 

The upper east side of New Richmond was known as Susanna — after the name of another founder’s wife — until 1828, when the Ohio General Assembly voted to merge them as the Village of New Richmond. 

New Richmond residents were early and strong opponents of slavery. In fact, one of the town’s most famous residents in history was James G. Birney, an abolitionist and two-time presidential nominee. He began publishing his abolitionist paper The Philanthropist in New Richmond in the 1830s before moving it to Cincinnati. 

While New Richmond was once a pretty modest village — with one gristmill, one saw mill, two carding machines, ten stores, and 120 houses in total — it has since evolved into a vibrant hub of residential and economic life, with about 1,000 households and dozens of businesses.

New Richmond by the Numbers

Learn About New Richmond’s Economy, Demographics, and What It’s Really Like to Live Here

Now you know New Richmond’s history — but what about the New Richmond of today? Let’s take a look at what New Richmond’s people, economy, and climate are like.

The People

New Richmond has a population of 2,647 people and a population density of 771 people per square mile. Both of these numbers have increased since the 2010 census, showing that New Richmond is a town that will only continue to evolve.

This town is definitely not an overcrowded metropolis — however, Cincinnati is right around the corner for those who want the occasional adventure in the city! Instead, this small town is quite tight-knit and relatively quiet, the perfect place to start a family.

According to the 2010 census, over one-third of the 980 households of New Richmond were families with children under the age of 18. The median number of people per household is currently 2.7, just slightly above the national average. New Richmond’s education system is highly rated, including a high school in the top 25% of public high schools in Ohio!

The Economy 

In New Richmond, the median household income is $48,424 and the median home cost is $165,800. New Richmond residents hold a wide variety of occupations, and the most common include business management, construction, retail trade, and health care.

The unemployment rate in New Richmond is just 3.9%, well below the national average of 6.0%. This shows that even through the COVID-19 pandemic, New Richmond was able to sustain their strong economy. In fact, New Richmond has seen its job market increase by nearly 1% in the past year!

Both income tax and sales tax rates are also below the national average. This helps to maintain a lower cost of living, making it easier to budget well and spend money on the things you really care about, like spending time with your family or going on fun adventures with friends!

The Climate

BestPlaces has given New Richmond a Comfort Index rating of 7.3/10, calling it “one of the most pleasant places in Ohio” to live. There are around 180 sunny days per year, and 115 days of precipitation — including 12 inches of snow! The average July high is 85.6 degrees, and the average January low is 22.1 degrees.

Get to Know New Richmond Like a Local

Where People Shop, Dine, and Hang Out in New Richmond

There are so many wonderful places to visit when you move to New Richmond that it may be hard to know where to start! You want to be with the locals, getting to know your new neighbors as well as the neighborhood, and feel like a part of the community as soon as possible.

Some of the most popular restaurants and shops amongst New Richmond locals include:

  • Dee’s Dairy Bar
  • River Village Shoppe
  • Front Street Cafe
  • The Collective
  • Wholy Beans Coffee Co.

Dee’s Dairy Bar & Drive In

Serving You Classic Soft-Serve and Delicious Hot Food All Summer

620 Hamilton St | New Richmond |

Dee’s serves the classic combination of cold and creamy soft-serve ice cream (in no less than 13 flavors!) and delicious hot foods like Empress Chili, wings, fries, and cheeseburgers. After you dig into a warm, tasty, filling meal, top it off with your favorite sweet treat!

In addition to their plain soft-serve cones, you can dig into other special ice cream treats, like a banana boat, sundae, float, or milkshake. You can also add fun toppings to your ice cream, like candy coating, sprinkles, and their specialty, candy eyes.

Established in 1969, and still run by the same family, this New Richmond staple has kept its 70s-style interior intact. You’ll love their classic decor, and their even more classic ice cream and food.

“Step back in time to an old fashion dairy bar that sells creamy whips, cheeseburgers, fish, hot dogs and more… We love getting dipped creamy whips or food and drive a few blocks down and enjoy the Riverview in town.” — Yelp Review

River Village Shoppe

Your One-Stop Shop For All Things Antique, Vintage, and Hand-Crafted

310 Washington St | New Richmond |

River Village Shoppe is nestled in the beautiful and historic St. Paul’s Church, which has been a part of the New Richmond landscape since it was built back in 1876. This location only adds to the antique, rustic feel of the shop, which matches most of its merchandise.

The shop contains a variety of booths and pop-up stores, in addition to selling its own items. River Village Shoppe specializes in showcasing beautiful antiques, rare collectibles, vintage items, hand-crafted pieces, homemade products, and boutique-style gifts.

If you’re looking for a great gift for a birthday, anniversary, graduation, or any other celebration, be sure to check out River Village Shoppe. From Star Trek collectible cups to ornate jewelry, there is a gift here for everyone!

River Village Shoppe has partnered with its sister company, American Country Auction, to provide an online auction site for antiques, collectibles, and vintage items. In addition, the shop has provided its own in-person, on-site live auctions. 

“Store is packed with antiques. The place is clean, the antiques are clean, the store is well-organized, the bathrooms are clean… Our visit to New Richmond was great, and this antique store is a 'must.’” — Yelp Review

Front Street Cafe

Delicious Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner With a View

120 Front St | New Richmond |

Front Street Cafe began as just an idea to bring together the people of New Richmond and its surrounding towns, to learn more about one another and become closer neighbors. Coffee, sandwiches, and baked goods were the only foods served initially. 

The cafe evolved into a full restaurant when it began serving dinner and lunch entrees, as well as alcoholic beverages and summertime barbecues. Now, a hungry New Richmond resident can stop at the Front Street Cafe for anything from a vegan veggie wrap to a juicy pan-seared steak. 

In addition to the delicious food on their menu, Front Street Cafe offers its customers a unique and satisfying experience, complete with a beautiful view of the Ohio River and Kentucky hills. The outdoor seating area is complete with a stage for live musical performances.

Front Street Cafe opens at 11:00 most mornings, offering lunch and dinner until it closes — as late as 10:00 p.m. on Saturdays. On Sundays, the restaurant opens at 10:00 to serve brunch until 3:00 p.m., and on Mondays, it stays closed all day.

“This place is fantastic! The staff is so friendly and personable. The food is fresh and you can tell it is made only when you order it! Everything we ordered was so delicious. Highly recommended small family owned business!” — Yelp Review

The Collective

Beautiful, Eclectic, and Unique Artist-Made Treasures That You’ll Love

411 Walnut St | New Richmond |

The Collective is one of the hidden gems of New Richmond, tucked away inside an old church but well-loved and much-visited by locals. This unique combination of an art gallery and a boutique store sells products made by over 100 local and regional artists, including the store’s owners.

Because they are home to so many artists and vendors, there is something for everyone at the Collective. You can find stylish dresses, beautiful jewelry, creative cards and stationery, and vibrant paintings, amongst so much more. The inventory is always changing and is full of original, one-of-a-kind works.

In addition to their year-round indoor retail space, The Collective has successfully facilitated many community-wide farmers market/flea markets. These outdoor events feature many vendors from New Richmond and surrounding towns, selling bread, jam, spices, soaps, and more.

“Cute, clean, well organized shop of beautiful handmade items! So unique — so glad we stopped!!” — Google Review

Wholy Beans Coffee Co.

Find Your Iced, Hot, Espresso, and Decaf Deliciousness Here!

206 Front St | New Richmond |

Wholy Bean Coffee Co.’s secret to amazing coffee is in the roasting process — they roast their coffee in small batches. This ensures that the coffee is always the hottest and freshest it can be for their customers. 

Their menu includes espresso, drip coffee, hot chocolate, hot tea, cold brew, cold espresso drinks, and more. If you’re hungry, grab a pastry, sandwich, or salad on the side!

Unlike some other restaurants in historic New Richmond, this coffee shop hasn’t been around for decades. The company was established in 2018 by Amanda and Clark Wheeler, and just became a part of New Richmond in 2021. 

Wholy Beans started as a coffee-shop-style food truck in nearby Amelia, and became so popular that they opened a second location in New Richmond — and locals are loving the new addition to their town!

“We were so excited to learn that New Richmond was getting a coffee shop. I was all the more pleased when we tried Wholy Beans for the first time. Great coffee and food, and a super cute environment. A great place to grab a cup and sit by the river for a nice quiet start to the day. Will be back often” — Google Review

There is so much to be excited about in New Richmond, Ohio! This town is home to so many restaurants, shops, and pop-up markets for you to enjoy, and its strong economy is attracting even more new businesses. And while their town may be growing and evolving, the New Richmond community has remained as neighborly and welcoming as ever. 

Not to mention that the town is found in one of the most gorgeous corners of Ohio — New Richmond is nestled right alongside the Ohio River, with a great view across the water of the beautiful Kentucky hills. You couldn’t find a better backdrop for your afternoon shopping or Saturday night dinner dates if you tried!

What are you most excited to do when you move to New Richmond? Let us know in the comments below!

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