Introduction to Wellston, Ohio

Wellston, Ohio, in Jackson county, is 48 miles N of Huntington, West Virginia (center to center) and 63 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio. About 6,078 people people live in Wellston.

Wellston History

Wellston, which was a land known for its abundant resources of superior quality coal, was founded by Harvey Wells and named in his honor. The town was laid out in November 1873, and the first iron furnace was constructed in 1874. This was shortly followed by the construction of many more furnaces. The growth and prosperity of the town continued with the development of railroads and new businesses, and Wellston was incorporated as a village in February 1876.

Wellston and Nearby Attractions

  • Lake Alma State Park
  • Buckeye Furnace
  • Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
  • Southern Ohio Museum
  • Seip Mound
  • Clark Planetarium

Things To Do In Wellston

Numerous interesting places to visit are located near Wellston, such as the Southern Ohio Museum, which displays a wide range of artifacts. Point Pleasant River Museum and West Virginia State Farm Museum are also nearby. Parks such as Tar Hollow State Park, Lake Hope State Park, and Jackson Lake State Park offer opportunities for recreation and are known for their scenic beauty, hiking trails, and campsites. Two places of historical significance near Wellston are Leo Petroglyph and Buckeye Furnace.

Wellston Transportation

Port Columbus International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Wellston Higher Education

Some of the colleges near Wellston are Ohio University, Shawnee State University, Hocking College, and University of Rio Grande.


Total Population 5,590
Male Share of the Population 44%
Female Share of the Population 56%
Senior Citizens 17.2%
Employed Population 16+ 2,388
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 45.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.3%
Median Earnings25+ $31,136
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $12,727
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,619


Median Family Income $50,174
% Above Poverty Level 73.4%
% Below Poverty Level 26.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 32.9%
Median Gross Rent $518
Median House Value $76,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.1%
US/American 0%
English 7.2%
Irish 23.4%

Wellston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 48 miles N of Huntington, West Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 63 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio
County Jackson
Standard Zip Codes 45692
Phone Area Codes 740
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.123
Longitude -82.533

Wellston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station JACKSON 3 NW
Distance 9.4 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 65 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 40 to 65 F
Annual Precip 40.8 inches
Distance 24.2 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
Station ATHENS 2 N
Distance 28.7 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 39 F
Apr Temp 36 to 65 F
Jul Temp 60 to 86 F
Oct Temp 38 to 67 F
Annual Precip 39.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Coalton 604 $29,205
Hamden 936 $32,292
Jackson 6,343 $48,701
McArthur 1,883 $45,625

Wellston Public Libraries

Sylvester Memorial Wellston Public Library
Wellston, Ohio
(740) 384-6660
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Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

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