Carlisle and South Lebanon Celebrate the Same Birth Day

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Warren County, OH -- Warren County saw two of its municipalities grow from a village to a city in the 2020 Census.

Both Carlisle and South Lebanon are now cities.

“I guess you can say we share the same birthdays,” said  Carlisle City  Manager Julie Duffy.

“Our official date of becoming a city is October 21, 2021,” said South Lebanon City Administrator Jerry Haddix.

To qualify to be a city, an incorporated jurisdiction population must reach 5000 residents. 

Carlisle had reached city status back in the 2000 Census when its population was 5121. But in the 2010 Census, the population fell back under 5000 to 4915 labeling it as a village the last 10 years.

Once a municipality does become a city, it is able to compete for different state and federal grants and programs because of its status and the number of people it serves. But, it also makes it become responsible for any State Routes that may run through its jurisdiction. 

For example State Rt 123 is now Carlisle's responsibility to service rather than the State's, said Carlisle’s Mayor Randy Wrinkler.

South Lebanon has grown from 4115 in the 2010 Census to 6384 in population according to the 2020 Census, while Carlisle grew from 4915 in the 2010 Census to 5501 in the 2020 Census.

To acknowledge and celebrate each municipality's status change, Ohio Congressman Steve Chabot presented each city council a flag that was flown over the United States Capital along with a certificate.

Congressman Steve Chabot, at what is now the City of Carlisle, presenting council members a flag that was flown over the United States Capitol in honor of the village's changed status.

Congressman Steve Chabot, at what is now the City of South Lebanon, presenting council members a flag that was flown over the United States Capitol in honor of the village's changed status.

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