Location of Buchtel, Ohio
Detailed map of Buchtel
|• Total||0.49 sq mi (1.27 km2)|
|• Land||0.49 sq mi (1.27 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||676 ft (206 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||552|
|• Density||1,138.8/sq mi (439.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1075462|
Buchtel was laid out in 1876. It was named for its founder, John R. Buchtel, a representative of the Akron Iron Company, which owned a large amount of land in the vicinity.
As of the census of 2010, there were 558 people, 235 households, and 152 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,138.8 inhabitants per square mile (439.7 /km2). There were 266 housing units at an average density of 542.9 per square mile (209.6 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.8% White, 1.1% African American, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.
There were 235 households of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.7% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.3% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.84.
The median age in the village was 38 years. 21.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.1% were from 25 to 44; 26.7% were from 45 to 64; and 14.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 574 people, 232 households, and 164 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,194.2 people per square mile (461.7/km²). There were 247 housing units at an average density of 513.9 per square mile (198.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.86% White, 0.52% African American, 1.22% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.35% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.39% of the population.
There were 232 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.7% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the village the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.6 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $27,632, and the median income for a family was $31,607. Males had a median income of $27,159 versus $18,333 for females. The per capita income for the village was $13,324. About 15.5% of families and 20.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.3% of those under age 18 and 13.0% of those age 65 or over.
The residents of Buchtel are served by the Nelsonville-York City School District and Nelsonville-York High School. Buchtel borders the site of the Nelsonville-York City School District campus, but the school property is located within the Nelsonville City limits.
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Buchtel is locally known for a large local spring (nicknamed the "watering trough") close to State Route 78. This spring emerges from an abandoned mine shaft that has been dammed up. Many area residents get water at this spring.
Buchtel was mainly known as a coal mining community started by syndicate man John R. Buchtel who used his profits from the area to start Buchtel College, later became the University of Akron. The coal was used to heat pig iron into iron ingots in large furnaces in the area and was very profitable until a better grade of iron was discovered at Lake Erie. John helped to bring trains to the county, to ship out the iron and coal and to the large industrial cities. He created a foundry at Nelsonville to make coal train cars to haul the coal to the north.
The coal mine was called the old #8 coal mine for many years. There is a city park currently on the spot of the old mine. The coal mines in the area closed down when better grades of coal which contained less sulphur were discovered elsewhere.
St. Mary of the Hills Roman Catholic Church is a city icon and has been in operation for over one hundred years. Recent additions have made it a beautiful landmark. Descendants of the original residents of Buchtel are still in attendance.
The descendants of the original settlers are of mainly Irish, German and Hungarian ancestry.
The Free Pentecostal Church (originally called the Free Pentecostal Church of Jesus) is located on Stephenson Road in a building built more than 100 years ago. The present church was established in 1954 by Marshall and Margarette Ward.
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