Living In Wilder, Ky., means small town neighborliness with easy access to downtown, airport and NKU

WILDER, Ky. - Editor's Note: Readers may have noticed that our regular feature, "Meet the Mayor," was missing for a few months. We put the series on hiatus, reworked it, and now are pleased to bring you "Living In..." in its place each Wednesday.

Wilder, Ky.

•  County: Campbell
•  Mayor: Stanley Turner
•  Population: 3,035
•  Founded: 1935

Quick question: Where’s Wilder, Ky.?

The answer, much to the benefit of this small Kentucky community, is that Wilder is near everything: Northern Kentucky University, the airport, downtown Cincinnati – and it has easy access to them all.

That access has contributed to a strong mix of residential housing and industry. Among the businesses are the nationally known Castellini Company and TMK.Ipsco Tubulars Inc.

“Our vast business community, some known nationwide, enables the city to provide superior services to our deserving residents,” said Mayor Stanley Turner.

Even so, that’s not Wilder’s biggest claim to fame, said the mayor.

“The most unique trait in our beloved city of Wilder is the goodwill and neighborly atmosphere projected by the wonderful people.”

City Administrator Terry Vance said Wilder provides large-city services with small-town amenities.

"You feel closer to the people," he noted.

Housing is available at multiple price points, ranging from  $100,000 to over $750,000.

"As the old real estate adage goes," Vance said, "It is location, location, location."

Wilder is also home to Bobby Mackey’s, the music spot famous for alleged ghost encounters, and Frederick's Landing Park and Marina.

In the future, the city would like to address the need for assisted living and a retirement community, said Vance.


Once known as Leitch's Station, Wilder was the first settlement in Campbell County. The name Wilder dates back to a railroad station built in the mid-19th Century for the Louisville, Cincinnati and Lexington Railway. Wilder Station is now located on property owned by TMK Ipsco. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.8 square miles, with 3.7 square miles of land and 0.1 square mile of water.

Meet the mayor

Current Mayor Stanley Turner retired from General Electric as a manufacturing supervisor. He served 20 years on the Wilder Planning and Zoning Commission, two terms on Wilder City Council and has served three terms as mayor. A native of neighboring Newport, Ky., he attended Lees College, Newport Business College and the Ohio Mechanical Institute. He and his wife Norma have been married for 58 years.

Turner’s salary as mayor is $4,800 per year.

Elections in Wilder’s mayor-council form of government are non-partisan. The mayor is elected every four years and council every two years.

(Pictures supplied by city of Wilder)

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