Mechanicsburg, Ohio

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For the community in Crawford County, see Mechanicsburg, Crawford County, Ohio.
For the Ohio city formerly known as Mechanicsburg, see East Palestine, Ohio.
Mechanicsburg, Ohio
Village
Mechanicsburg United Methodist Church
Mechanicsburg United Methodist Church
Motto: "Where Unity Means Progress"
Location of Mechanicsburg, Ohio
Location of Mechanicsburg, Ohio
Coordinates: 40°4′28″N 83°33′28″W / 40.07444°N 83.55778°W / 40.07444; -83.55778Coordinates: 40°4′28″N 83°33′28″W / 40.07444°N 83.55778°W / 40.07444; -83.55778
Country United States
State Ohio
County Champaign
Established 1814
Government
 • Type Mayor - Council
 • Mayor Greg Kimball
 • Administrator April Davis
Area[1]
 • Total 1.02 sq mi (2.64 km2)
 • Land 1.01 sq mi (2.62 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation[2] 1,083 ft (330 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 1,644
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 1,623
 • Density 1,627.7/sq mi (628.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 43044
Area code(s) 937
FIPS code 39-48706[5]
GNIS feature ID 1061501[2]
Website http://www.mechanicsburgohio.org/

Mechanicsburg is a village in Champaign County, Ohio, United States. The population was 1,644 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Mechanicsburg was platted in 1814.[6][7]

In 1833, Mechanicsburg consisted of twenty-one houses, two stores, a gristmill and a saw mill.[8]

During the antebellum years, because of its location on a tributary of the Ohio River, Mechanicsburg was used as a station on the Underground Railroad. The "conductor" Udney Hyde (1808-1887) is credited with helping more than 500 fugitive slaves on their way to freedom.[9]

Geography[edit]

Mechanicsburg is located at 40°4′28″N 83°33′28″W / 40.07444°N 83.55778°W / 40.07444; -83.55778 (40.074483, -83.557759).[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.02 square miles (2.64 km2), of which, 1.01 square miles (2.62 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[1] It is located on a portion of the Mad River, a tributary of the Great Miami River and, ultimately the Ohio River. Fugitive slaves made their way upriver when escaping from Kentucky.

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 1,644 people, 598 households, and 403 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,627.7 inhabitants per square mile (628.5 /km2). There were 671 housing units at an average density of 664.4 per square mile (256.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.4% White, 1.6% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 598 households of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.6% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.02.

The median age in the village was 35.5 years. 24.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.2% were from 25 to 44; 22.7% were from 45 to 64; and 13.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 52.3% male and 47.7% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,744 people, 705 households, and 473 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,699.4 people per square mile (653.7/km²). There were 761 housing units at an average density of 741.6 per square mile (285.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.59% White, 0.92% African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.29% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.63% of the population.

There were 705 households out of which 34.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 14.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% 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 3.03.

In the village the population was spread out with 28.7% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $33,385, and the median income for a family was $42,368. Males had a median income of $34,375 versus $24,453 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,685. About 10.3% of families and 14.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.2% of those under age 18 and 14.2% of those age 65 or over.

Public services[edit]

Public safety[edit]

The public is served by Mechanicsburg Police Department and the Mechanicsburg Division of Fire and EMS. The police department is a full-time department. The fire department is a combination of career, part-time paid employees and volunteers.

Education[edit]

Local children attend the schools of the Mechanicsburg Exempted Village School District.[citation needed]

Community[edit]

Mechanicsburg is home to a rich history. Annually Mechanicsburg celebrates many holidays, which are sponsored through the efforts of Our Towne Mechanicsburg.

Maple Grove Cemetery is the center of Memorial Day and July 4 activities for the Village.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  2. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  4. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ The History of Champaign County, Ohio. W.H. Beers & Company. 1881. p. 596. 
  7. ^ Middleton, Evan P. (1917). History of Champaign County, Ohio: Its People, Industries and Institutions, Volume 1. B.F. Bowen. p. 275. 
  8. ^ Kilbourn, John (1833). The Ohio Gazetteer, or, a Topographical Dictionary. Scott and Wright. p. 304. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Udney Hyde", Ohio History Central, Ohio Historical Society, 1999-2013, accessed 15 February 2013
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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