Introduction to Marietta, Ohio

Marietta, Ohio, in Washington county, is 74 miles N of Charleston, West Virginia (center to center) and 90 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio. The city is included in the Parkersburg - Marietta metropolitan area. 

Marietta History

The future U.S. President, George Washington, had surveyed the area, now called Marietta, in 1770. The beauty of the land, and the wealth of natural resources, made it ideal for settlement. By the late 1770s, families and settlers began inhabiting this region. Because of its location near two major rivers, Marietta soon became the home of a variety of industries. The construction of railroads led to further development of the area. The city, according to some sources, was named after the famous queen of France, Marie Antoinette.

Marietta and Nearby Attractions

  • Ohio River Museum
  • Big Bottom
  • Dawes Memorial Library
  • Marietta Church of Christ
  • Washington County Fairgrounds
  • Indian Acres Park

Things To Do In Marietta

From Marietta, one can visit Blennerhassett Island Historical Park, Campus Martius Museum and Ohio River Museum which showcases exhibits on the natural history and the golden age of the steamboat. The Big Bottom is another interesting historical site. This was the site of skirmish between the Delaware and Wyandot Indians in 1791. There are a number of other memorial buildings and museums in the city such as Fayer Weather Hall, Butchs Cola Museum, Childrens Toy and Doll Museum, Ban Johnson Field House, Marietta City Hall and William Bay Irvine Administration Building. Marietta also has a number of beautiful streams and reservoirs, as well as churches and cemeteries, that one can visit. There are numerous amusement parks in the area offering recreational facilities for adults and children. Visitors can also enjoy shopping at the Frontier Shopping Center, the Washington Shopping Center and the Lafayette Shopping Center. The Washington County Fairgrounds hosts a number of fairs and other events throughout the year.

Marietta Transportation

Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport is close by.

Marietta Higher Education

There are a number of colleges in the city providing higher educational opportunities. These are Washington State Community College, Marietta College and Marietta Bible College Inc.


Total Population 13,996
Male Share of the Population 47.3%
Female Share of the Population 52.7%
Senior Citizens 19.6%
Employed Population 16+ 5,738
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 38.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23%
Median Earnings25+ $24,986
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $10,333
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,205


Median Family Income $47,942
% Above Poverty Level 73.9%
% Below Poverty Level 26.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 40.1%
Median Gross Rent $616
Median House Value $96,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.3%
US/American 0%
English 9.8%
Irish 14.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Marietta Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 74 miles N of Charleston, West Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 90 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio
County Washington
Metro Area Parkersburg - Marietta
Standard Zip Codes 45750
Phone Area Codes 740
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.415
Longitude -81.455

Marietta Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.2 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 38 F
Apr Temp 39 to 64 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 66 F
Annual Precip 42.3 inches
Distance 4.7 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 39 F
Apr Temp 42 to 65 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 66 F
Annual Precip 42 inches
Station BENS RUN 1 SSE
Distance 19.3 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 39 F
Apr Temp 37 to 64 F
Jul Temp 61 to 85 F
Oct Temp 40 to 66 F
Annual Precip 42.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belpre 6,448 $50,597
Beverly 1,139 $47,639
Lowell 492 $49,167
Lower Salem 59 $0
Macksburg 150 $56,250

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Marietta Public Libraries

Washington County Public Library
Marietta, Ohio
(740) 373-1057
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Marietta Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(740) 374-1400
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(740) 568-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 21.3

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