Introduction to Portsmouth, Ohio

Portsmouth, Ohio, in Scioto county, is 36 miles NW of Huntington, West Virginia (center to center) and 84 miles E of Cincinnati, Ohio. The city has a population of 20,909.

Portsmouth History

In the 1790s, the settlement of Alexandria was established west of the present-day territory of Portsmouth. However, because the region was prone to flooding by the Scioto and Ohio Rivera, in the early 1800s, Henry Massie relocated away from the flood plains and began plotting a new community. Portsmouth was established in 1803, and was incorporated as a city in 1815. The construction of the Ohio and Erie Canal, Underground Railroad, N&W railyards, and the B&O junction greatly impacted the development and growth of the city. In 1937, a floodwall was built around Portsmouth by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Portsmouth and Nearby Attractions

  • Southern Ohio Museum & Cultural Center
  • Clark Planetarium
  • Philip Moore Jr. Stone House
  • Indian Burial Mounds
  • Shawnee State Park & Forest
  • Branch Rickey Park

Things To Do In Portsmouth

Southern Ohio Museum & Cultural Center has Carl Ackerman's collection of historic photographs as well as the works of local artist Clarence Carter on display. Boneyfiddle Historic District, Portsmouth's oldest neighborhood, has buildings from the 1830s, antique stores, galleries, and shops. The Indian Burial Mounds, 1810 House, and Philip Moore Jr. Stone House are among other places of historic interest in the city. Shawnee State Park & Forest includes two lakes, an 18-hole golf course, and facilities for hiking, camping, and canoeing. The Portsmouth Murals, another popular attraction, is an outdoor art gallery featuring more than 40 paintings created by mural artist Robert Dafford. These paintings depict Portsmouth's history, settlement, and growth of industry. Carter Caves State Resort Park has a 40-acre lake, 20 miles of wooded nature trails, a 9-hole golf course, cottages, stables, and tennis courts.

Portsmouth Transportation

Tri-State / Milton J. Ferguson Field is the closest major airport.

Portsmouth Higher Education

Portsmouth is home to Shawnee State University. Ashland Community College, Kentucky Christian College, and Marshall University are close by.


Total Population 20,376
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 16.8%
Employed Population 16+ 6,856
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 34.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.7%
Median Earnings25+ $24,498
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,078
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,489


Median Family Income $40,977
% Above Poverty Level 64.2%
% Below Poverty Level 35.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%


People Living Alone 39.2%
Median Gross Rent $533
Median House Value $71,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.4%
US/American 0%
English 9.2%
Irish 15.8%

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

Portsmouth Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 36 miles NW of Huntington, West Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 84 miles E of Cincinnati, Ohio
County Scioto
Standard Zip Codes 45662, 45663
Phone Area Codes 740
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.731
Longitude -82.997

Portsmouth Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.3 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 40 F
Apr Temp 41 to 66 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 68 F
Annual Precip 41.4 inches
Distance 26.6 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 38 F
Apr Temp 38 to 65 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 39 to 67 F
Annual Precip 39.8 inches
Distance 27.2 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 40 F
Apr Temp 42 to 65 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 44 to 67 F
Annual Precip 43.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Portsmouth, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Sciotoville (45662)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beaver 531 $42,292
Hanging Rock 196 $51,250
Ironton 11,172 $51,121

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

Portsmouth Public Libraries

Portsmouth Public Library
Portsmouth, Ohio
(740) 354-5688
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Portsmouth Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1805 27TH STREET
(740) 354-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Portsmouth High Schools

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Serves 483 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

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Serves 299 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.1

Serves 269 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

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