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Ridgetown was incorporated as a village in 1875 with just over 1,000 citizens. The name of Ridgetown came from it being situated on a gravel ridge, a remnant of the glacier age. Today with over 3.500 residents, Ridgetown proudly shares the outlying areas that produce major crops such as soybeans, corn, wheat, grains, apples and peaches. The water supply is drawn from a number of deep wells around the town and is not connected to a piped system from a lake or river. The climate is mild, being moderated by Lake Erie which is seven kilometers to the south. Summer days can be hot and humid. In winter, Ridgetown is not in the snow belt, hence snow accumulation is generally not a big problem.
The former Ridgetown College has been part of the University of Guelph since 1997 and is now University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus. It is a venue for OAC- the Ontario Agricultural College. About 900 students presently attend 2 and 3-year courses on agriculture, veterinary technology, geographic information systems, horticulture and environmental management.
Ridgetown has a prosperous manufacturing industry, mainly serving the automotive market, which employ hundreds of local and area people. Hundreds of smaller service businesses thrive in the area, including many long-established and unique stores in the downtown area.