Location of Chauncey, Ohio
Street map of Chauncey
|• Total||0.66 sq mi (1.71 km2)|
|• Land||0.66 sq mi (1.71 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||659 ft (201 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||1,039|
|• Density||1,589.4/sq mi (613.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1075568|
Chauncey was established on land once owned by Resolved Fuller. Fuller created a salt well and salt production works on his farm in the early 1830s, but then sold the concern in 1833 to a partnership who then reconveyed the expanded business in 1837-38 to another partnership, Ewing and Vinton. These men brought in Philadelphia capitalists Nicholas Biddle and Elihu Chauncey. In 1839, they laid out the village of Chauncey on the 400-acre (1.6 km2) farm, based on salt production as an industry. The original village comprised the part of the modern village that is today west of the railroad line, and the salt works were west of this area, towards Coal Run Road. Around 1905, coal mines opened in the area, and coal mining was then a thriving concern for the next half-century. The name, originally pronounced phonetically, is now pronounced "Chance-y." Local folklore dictates the change was brought on by original settlers to trick salt miners moving into town. Those who pronounced the name incorrectly would be charged a higher price for goods in town. Today, Chauncey is generally a bedroom community with no industry.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,049 people, 423 households, and 262 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,589.4 inhabitants per square mile (613.7/km2). There were 477 housing units at an average density of 722.7 per square mile (279.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.6% White, 0.9% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.6% of the population.
There were 423 households of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.0% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.1% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.00.
The median age in the village was 37.4 years. 24.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.8% were from 25 to 44; 26.9% were from 45 to 64; and 13.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 50.4% male and 49.6% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,067 people, 431 households, and 286 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,592.1 people per square mile (614.9/km²). There were 483 housing units at an average density of 720.7 per square mile (278.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 93.72% White, 1.59% African American, 0.09% Native American, 2.62% Asian, and 1.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.94% of the population.
There were 431 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 28.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the village the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $24,821, and the median income for a family was $30,865. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $20,536 for females. The per capita income for the village was $12,052. About 21.8% of families and 25.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.3% of those under age 18 and 19.7% of those age 65 or over.
The residents of Chauncey are served by the Athens City School District and Athens High School. They are also served by the Athens County Public Libraries with branches in Albany, Athens, Chauncey, Coolville, Glouster, Nelsonville, and The Plains.
The community owns the 127-acre (0.51 km2) Chauncey-Dover Community Park, formerly strip mine lands acquired by the United States Forest Service and ceded to the village.
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