Wellston, Ohio

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Wellston, Ohio
City
Official seal of Wellston, Ohio
Seal
Motto: "Everyone's Hometown Since 1873"
Location of Wellston, Ohio
Location of Wellston, Ohio
Detailed map of Wellston
Detailed map of Wellston
Coordinates: 39°7′11″N 82°32′3″W / 39.11972°N 82.53417°W / 39.11972; -82.53417Coordinates: 39°7′11″N 82°32′3″W / 39.11972°N 82.53417°W / 39.11972; -82.53417
Country United States
State Ohio
County Jackson
Government
 • Mayor Connie Pelletier
 • President of Council Chris J. Brenner
Area[1]
 • Total 7.05 sq mi (18.26 km2)
 • Land 6.97 sq mi (18.05 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)
Elevation[2] 741 ft (226 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 5,663
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 5,600
 • Density 812.5/sq mi (313.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 45692
Area code(s) 740
FIPS code 39-82712[5]
GNIS feature ID 1049301[2]
Website cityofwellston.org

Wellston is a city in Jackson County, Ohio, United States, in the southeastern part of the state. Founded in 1873 as an iron and coal producing center, the city was named after founder Harvey Wells,[6] a member of the Ohio Constitutional Convention. The city was incorporated in 1876. The population was 5,663 at the 2010 census.

Geography[edit]

Wellston is located at 39°7′11″N 82°32′3″W / 39.11972°N 82.53417°W / 39.11972; -82.53417 (39.119693, -82.534139).[7] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.05 square miles (18.26 km2), of which, 6.97 square miles (18.05 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.21 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 952
1890 4,377 359.8%
1900 8,045 83.8%
1910 6,875 −14.5%
1920 6,687 −2.7%
1930 5,319 −20.5%
1940 5,537 4.1%
1950 5,691 2.8%
1960 5,728 0.7%
1970 5,410 −5.6%
1980 6,016 11.2%
1990 6,049 0.5%
2000 6,078 0.5%
2010 5,663 −6.8%
Est. 2012 5,600 −1.1%
Sources:[8][9][10][11][12][5][13]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 5,663 people, 2,250 households, and 1,459 families residing in the city. The population density was 812.5 inhabitants per square mile (313.7/km2). There were 2,535 housing units at an average density of 363.7 per square mile (140.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.7% White, 0.2% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 2,250 households of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.9% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.2% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% 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.

The median age in the city was 36.5 years. 25.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.8% were from 25 to 44; 25.3% were from 45 to 64; and 14.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 6,078 people, 2,359 households, and 1,644 families residing in the city. The population density was 872.4 people per square mile (336.7/km2). There were 2,615 housing units at an average density of 375.3 per square mile (144.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.08% White, 0.36% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.21% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.61% of the population.

There were 2,359 households out of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.3% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,021, and the median income for a family was $34,488. Males had a median income of $28,514 versus $20,967 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,476. About 15.8% of families and 18.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.7% of those under age 18 and 14.6% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

In October 2009, the Ohio state government declared the City of Wellston to be in a state of fiscal emergency "as defined by Section 118.03(A)(6) and 118.03(B) of the Ohio Revised Code" on the basis of a "treasury deficiency".[14][15][16]

Education[edit]

The local school district, Wellston City Schools, operates the following schools:

Private School

  • St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic School

Wellston is served by the Sylvester Memorial Public Library. In 2005, the library loaned more than 70,000 items to its 10,000 cardholders, and it had total holdings of over 31,000 volumes with over 90 periodical subscriptions.[17]

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 c "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ Mangus, Michael; Herman, Jennifer L. (2008). Ohio Encyclopedia. North American Book Dist LLC. p. 572. ISBN 978-1-878592-68-2. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "Population of Civil Divisions Less than Counties". Statistics of the Population of the United States at the Tenth Census. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Population: Ohio". 1910 U.S. Census. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Population: Ohio". 1930 US Census. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Number of Inhabitants: Ohio". 18th Census of the United States. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Ohio: Population and Housing Unit Counts". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "Fiscal Emergency declared for City of Wellston". The Jackson County Times-Journal. October 2, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  15. ^ Keller, Steve (October 10, 2009). "Ohio State auditor places Wellston in 'Fiscal Emergency' status". The Telegram (Jackson, Ohio). Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  16. ^ "Report Details - City of Wellston". Auditor of State of Ohio. October 1, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  17. ^ "2005 Ohio Public Library Statistics:Statistics by County and Town". State Library of Ohio. Retrieved November 10, 2006. 

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