The City of Wilder is located in Northern Campbell County, approximately two miles south of Cincinnati, OH. The community provides an excellent environment for industry, business, or family relocation.
Wilder was incorporated on March 15, 1935, populated mostly by employees of the Andrews Steel Company (now known as Newport Steel Corporation). A railroad station where the L&N crossed the Licking River was called the Wilder Station , named after a famous ophthalmologist, William Hamlin Wilder (1860-1931). When the city was incorporated, the founding fathers assumed the station's name for the city.
Earlier heritage indicates that Civil War battery fortifications were strategically located in Wilder's present limits. The Holt Battery, directly north of St. John's Catholic Church, honors the memory of Brigadier General J. Holt. The Wiggins Battery, on a hill west of Licking Pike and just south of the Three Mile Creek, honors the memory of Samuel Wiggins, builder of Cincinnati's Wiggins Block on Fountain Square.
Statistics & Facts
The City of Wilder has a population of 2624 (based on 2000 census). As the crow flies, the distance to Washington, DC is 423 miles, and the distance to the Kentucky capital, Frankfort, is 62 miles. Wilder encompasses much of the prime industrial land in Campbell County and is within minutes of the Greater Cincinnati International Airport and Interstates 75, 275 and 471.
Wilder is in the Campbell County School District (859-635-2173) with bus transportation provided to all public and parochial schools within the district. There are also major universities and colleges nearby such as Northern Kentucky University (within one mile from city limits), University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, and Thomas More College.
Arts & Entertainment
There is a wide variety of activities in and around Wilder. Within Wilder, there is the Town & Country Sports Complex and Great Escape movie theater. You will also find a number of restaurants in and around Wilder. You will have no problems finding places to shop in the area; Wilder is surrounded by several malls and shopping areas. Also located nearby are numerous museums in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, including the remarkable Union Terminal. New to the area is Newport on the Levee, a multi-level mall next door to the Newport Aquarium. Wilder is also just minutes from historic Coney Island.
Other Information & Services
Wilder is served by the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK), via Cold Spring Route #24.
Churches include St. John Roman Catholic Church and St. John Community Church, both located on Licking Pike.
St. Elizabeth Hospital - Ft Thomas is located approximately two miles east of the city limits.
The trash rate is $190 per year and includes weekly collection of regular trash, heavier items, and recyclables.
City water is supplied by the Northern Kentucky Water District.
City sewer & sanitation is treated by Sanitation District No. 1
The current city tax rate is .216¢ per $100.00 valuation.