Gambier is the home of Kenyon College, a private liberal arts college founded in 1824 by Bishop Philander Chase, who would later become the first Archbishop of Ohio.
It has a gravel path running the length of the town, fondly referred to as "Middle Path." This path has become a piece of Gambier's history, as it is used by college students and residents alike as a way through town.
As of the census of 2000, there are 1,871 people, 278 households, and 142 families residing in the village. The population density is 768.5/km² (1,998.5/mi²). There are 305 housing units at an average density of 125.3/km² (325.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the village is 94.07% White, 2.51% African American, 0.00% Native American, 1.28% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 1.66% from two or more races. 1.66% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 278 households out of which 22.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.9% are married couples living together, 6.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 48.9% are non-families. 39.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.2% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.03 and the average family size is 2.77.
In the village the population is spread out with 5.8% under the age of 18, 73.1% from 18 to 24, 7.3% from 25 to 44, 9.0% from 45 to 64, and 4.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 21 years. For every 100 females there are 82.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 81.6 males.
The median income for a household in the village is $51,964, and the median income for a family is $71,477. Males have a median income of $40,500 versus $29,327 for females. The per capita income for the village is $9,661. 8.0% of the population and 2.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 5.2% are under the age of 18 and 2.6% are 65 or older.