Introduction to Martins Ferry, Ohio

Martins Ferry, Ohio, in Belmont county, is 45 miles SW of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The city, which is part of the Wheeling metropolitan statistical area (MSA), has about 7,226 residents.

Martins Ferry History

Martins Ferry, which is the oldest permanent settlement in Ohio, was settled in 1779. Then a town, Martins Ferry was disbanded twice before it was permanently established in 1785. The town was redesigned by Ebenezer Martin who was the son of one of the earliest settlers, Absalom Martin. The place has been named and renamed a number of times before it became Martin's Ferry. This name refers to the ferry service operated by Ebenezer Martin. Some of the earlier names of the city include Hoglinstown, Norristown, and Martinsville.

Martins Ferry and Nearby Attractions

  • Andy Warhol Museum
  • West Virginia Independence Hall
  • Barkcamp State Park
  • National Aviary
  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
  • Hidden Valley

Things To Do In Martins Ferry

There are many things to do and places to go to, in and around Martins Ferry. The Andy Warhol Museum, the Old Economy Village, and Fort Pitt Museum are some of the museums in the area. Historic sites like West Virginia Independence Hall and West Virginia Penitentiary are also situated nearby. A number of parks including Barkcamp State Park, Hillman State Park, and Raccoon Creek State Park are also located convenintly. A major attraction near Martins Ferry is the National Aviary, which houses several endangered birds, and more than 600 exotic birds.

Martins Ferry Transportation

Air transportation is available from Pittsburgh International Airport.

Martins Ferry Higher Education

Colleges nearby include Belmont Technical College, Bethany College, and Franciscan University of Steubenville.


Total Population 6,850
Male Share of the Population 46.8%
Female Share of the Population 53.2%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 3,114
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 44.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.7%
Median Earnings25+ $28,272
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $9,148
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,870


Median Family Income $53,041
% Above Poverty Level 76.2%
% Below Poverty Level 23.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.4%
% Using Public Transportation 2.7%


People Living Alone 36.8%
Median Gross Rent $473
Median House Value $72,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16%
US/American 0%
English 14.9%
Irish 15.6%

Martins Ferry Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 45 miles SW of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Belmont
Metro Area Wheeling
Standard Zip Codes 43935
Phone Area Codes 740
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.095
Longitude -80.724

Martins Ferry Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.2 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 38 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 44 to 66 F
Annual Precip 40.3 inches
Distance 14.2 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 39.4 inches
Station CADIZ
Distance 18.7 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 34 F
Apr Temp 40 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 40.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bellaire 4,239 $38,922
Bridgeport 1,858 $33,393

Martins Ferry Public Libraries

Martins Ferry Public Library
Martins Ferry, Ohio
(740) 633-0314
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Martins Ferry Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(740) 633-1100
Emergency Service: Yes

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