Wheelersburg, Ohio

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. It is in Porter Township. The population was 6,437 at the 2010 census.[3]

Wheelersburg, Ohio
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
CountryUnited States
StateOhio
CountyScioto
Area
 • Total5.9 sq mi (15.3 km2)
 • Land5.8 sq mi (15.1 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation
554 ft (169 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total6,437
 • Density1,100/sq mi (420/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
45694
Area code(s)740
FIPS code39-84588[1]
GNIS feature ID1077173[2]

HistoryEdit

Wheelersburg was originally called Concord, and under the latter name was platted in 1824.[4] The present name honors Major Porter Wheeler, a pioneer settler.[4] By 1833, Wheelersburg had about 150 inhabitants.[5] A post office called Wheelersburgh was established in 1879, and the name was changed to Wheelersburg in 1893.[6]

GeographyEdit

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).[7]

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.

ClimateEdit

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.[8]

DemographicsEdit

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 servicesEdit

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.

 
Wheelersburg High School

SportsEdit

Wheelersburg is a member of the Division II Southern Ohio Conference (S.O.C.). In 1989 and 2017, the high school football team won the OHSAA 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[9] 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.[10]

In 2012 the Wheelersburg high school boys baseball team received their second state title championship. Wheelersburg won back to back baseball championships in 2012 and 2013.

In 2018 11-12-year-old girls' softball team won the Little League World Series becoming the first team (boys or girls) to win the World Series from Ohio.

In 2011 the school's football stadium underwent renovations.[11] The renovations were completed prior to the 2012 season and the first game in the new stadium was played against rival Ironton.[12]

Notable peopleEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". 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". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Evans, Nelson Wiley (1903). A History of Scioto County, Ohio: Together with a Pioneer Record of Southern Ohio. N. W. Evans. p. 389.
  5. ^ Kilbourn, John (1833). The Ohio Gazetteer, or, a Topographical Dictionary. Scott and Wright. pp. 490. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Scioto County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "Comparing Wheelersburg to state averages". The Scioto Voice. 2007-06-14. p. A4.
  9. ^ John Stegman (2007-08-02). "Burg takes the state title". Portsmouth Daily Times. Retrieved 2007-08-02.
  10. ^ Jeff Taepke (2007-08-03). "Burg All-stars off to Williamsport". Portsmouth Daily Times. Retrieved 2007-08-03.
  11. ^ Kephas, Eric. "Burg to begin renovating Ed Miller Stadium". Portsmouth Daily Times.
  12. ^ Strickley, Bob. "'Burg falls 37-27 in stadium debut". Portsmouth Daily Times.

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