Introduction to Sidney, Ohio

Sidney, Ohio, in Shelby county, is 30 miles NW of Springfield, Ohio (center to center) and 65 miles W of Columbus, Ohio. There are an estimated 20,211 people in the city.

Sidney History

The present day City of Sidney was named after a renowned poet and member of British Parliament, Sir Philip Sidney. Charles Starrett donated the land which was originally the hunting ground of the Miami and Shawnee Indian nations. Over time, the area was developed as agricultural lands. Sidney was connected with other trade centers in Ohio between 1825 and 1837, after the completion of the Miami - Erie Canal. Sidney was incorporated in 1834 as a village. Later in 1897, it was reincorporated as a city. It is the birthplace of Paul Lauterbur, the famous scientist and Nobel Prize winner.

Sidney and nearby Attractions

  • Blackson Picnic Grove
  • Grand Lake St. Marys State Park
  • Bicycle Museum of America
  • Kiser Lake State Park
  • Piqua Historical Area
  • Piqua Historical Museum

Things To Do In Sidney

Sidney has approximately 14 parks and playgrounds. In addition, the city offers a municipal swimming pool, soccer complex, baseball complex, and a softball complex. At Tawawa Park you can enjoy a family picnic amidst the nature. You can also enjoy the unusual architectures of the city including the 1877 Gothic revival Monumental Building, the 1918 early-modern People's Federal Savings and Loan Association, designed by Louis Sullivan, and the 1877 Gothic revival Monumental Building.

Sidney Transportation

International air transportation is available from James M Cox Dayton International Airport.

Sidney Higher Education

Wittenberg University, University of Dayton, Ohio Northern University, Sinclair Community College, and other colleges and universities provide facilities for higher studies.


Total Population 20,981
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 14%
Employed Population 16+ 9,537
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 47.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.4%
Median Earnings25+ $31,700
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,035
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,500


Median Family Income $58,456
% Above Poverty Level 83.4%
% Below Poverty Level 16.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 27.4%
Median Gross Rent $662
Median House Value $105,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.4%
US/American 0%
English 8.3%
Irish 9%

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

Sidney Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles NW of Springfield, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 65 miles W of Columbus, Ohio
County Shelby
Standard Zip Codes 45365
Company Zip Codes 45367
Phone Area Codes 937
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.284
Longitude -84.155

Sidney Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station SIDNEY 1 S
Distance 1.2 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 33 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38.4 inches
Distance 23.4 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 34 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 40 inches
Distance 26.8 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 34 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 84 F
Oct Temp 44 to 64 F
Annual Precip 39.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Anna 1,557 $71,792
Fletcher 430 $57,500
Kettlersville 184 $66,875

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

Sidney Public Libraries

Amos Memorial Public Library
230 E. NORTH ST.
Sidney, Ohio
(937) 492-8354

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Sidney Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(937) 498-2311
Emergency Service: Yes

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