Wheelersburg, Ohio

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Wheelersburg, Ohio
Census-designated place
Nickname(s): "The Burg"
Location of Wheelersburg, Ohio
Location of Wheelersburg, Ohio
Coordinates: 38°44′2″N 82°50′33″W / 38.73389°N 82.84250°W / 38.73389; -82.84250Coordinates: 38°44′2″N 82°50′33″W / 38.73389°N 82.84250°W / 38.73389; -82.84250
Country United States
State Ohio
County Scioto
Area
 • Total 5.9 sq mi (15.3 km2)
 • Land 5.8 sq mi (15.1 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 554 ft (169 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,437
 • Density 1,100/sq mi (420/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 45694
Area code(s) 740
FIPS code 39-84588[1]
GNIS feature ID 1077173[2]

Wheelersburg is a census-designated place (CDP) in Scioto County, Ohio, United States. It lies along the northern banks of the Ohio River in southern Ohio. Wheelersburg is approximately 7 miles (11 km) east of Portsmouth and 14 miles (23 km) west of Ironton in Scioto County. It is in Porter Township. The population was 6,437 at the 2010 census.[3]

History[edit]

Wheelersburg was founded in 1820 and was originally known as Concord.[4]

In 1833, Wheelersburg contained one physician, two taverns, four stores and groceries, one cotton factory, one tannery, one iron finishing shop, 20 houses, and about 150 inhabitants.[5]

Geography[edit]

Wheelersburg is located at 38°44′02″N 82°50′33″W / 38.733779°N 82.842411°W / 38.733779; -82.842411 (38.733779, -82.842411).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.9 square miles (15 km2), of which 5.8 square miles (15 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), or 1.36%, is water.

Climate[edit]

Wheelersburg suffered an F5 (maximum wind speeds of 261–318 miles per hour) tornado on April 23, 1968, in which seven people were killed and 93 people injured, costing nearly $5 million in damages. Wheelersburg is below the Ohio state average for tornado activity, however.[7]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,471 people, 2,558 households, and 1,826 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,112.9 people per square mile (430.0/km2). There were 2,755 housing units at an average density of 473.8/sq mi (183.1/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.90% White, 0.28% African American, 0.63% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.45% of the population.

There were 2,558 households out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 83.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $33,970 in 2000. In 2005, it was $34,400 compared with the state average of $43,493. The median income for a family was $41,200. Males had a median income of $35,000 versus $22,472 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $18,787. About 10.7% of families and 14.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.5% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.

Public services[edit]

Wheelersburg residents are served by the Portsmouth Public Library-Wheelersburg Branch, the Wheelersburg Local School District, and by a full-time as well as a volunteer fire department.

A view of construction on the new Wheelersburg (K-12) School from the current high school parking lot

Sports[edit]

Wheelersburg is a member of the Division II Southern Ohio Conference (S.O.C.). In 1989, the high school football team won the division state championship.

Wheelersburg is the home of the 2001 11-12 year old, the 2003 13-14 year old, the 2003 15-16 year old and the 2007 9-10 year old[8] state girls' softball champions. Wheelersburg is also the home of the 2007 11-12 year old boys Little League team that was invited to play an exhibition game in Williamsport, Pennsylvania during the Little League World Series festivities.[9] In 2012 the Wheelersburg high school boys baseball team received their second state title championship. Wheelersburg has won back to back baseball championships in 2012 and 2013.

It was announced in 2011 that school's football stadium would be undergoing renovations.[10] The renovations were completed prior to the 2012 season and the first game in the new stadium was played against rival Ironton.[11]

Notable natives[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Wheelersburg CDP, Ohio". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 30, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Portsmouth Area Resource Guide, 2007-2008". The Community Common. 2007-07-29. p. 7. 
  5. ^ Kilbourn, John (1833). The Ohio Gazetteer, or, a Topographical Dictionary. Scott and Wright. p. 490. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Comparing Wheelersburg to state averages". The Scioto Voice. 2007-06-14. p. A4. 
  8. ^ John Stegman (2007-08-02). "Burg takes the state title". Portsmouth Daily Times. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  9. ^ Jeff Taepke (2007-08-03). "Burg All-stars off to Williamsport". Portsmouth Daily Times. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 
  10. ^ Kephas, Eric. "Burg to begin renovating Ed Miller Stadium". Portsmouth Daily Times. 
  11. ^ Strickley, Bob. "'Burg falls 37-27 in stadium debut". Portsmouth Daily Times. 
  12. ^ Oakland Raiders. "Oakland Raiders: All-Time Roster". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-07-27. 

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