Introduction to Farrell, Pennsylvania

Farrell, Pennsylvania, in Mercer county, is 11 miles NE of Youngstown, Ohio (center to center) and 59 miles NW of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The city, which is considered part of the Sharon metropolitan area, has a population of 6,050.

Farrell History

In 1901, when a steel mill was constructed in the area bordering the Shenango River, a community grew almost overnight which caused the place to be nicknamed "The Magic City". In 1916, the community was incorporated as the Borough of South Sharon. In 1932, following an increase in population, it was reincorporated as a city. At this time, the area was renamed "Farrell" in honor of the industrialist, James A. Farrell. The mill, which later came to be known as the Roemer Works of Sharon Steel Corporation, was a major contributor to the city's economy till 1992, when it was liquidated. The assets were purchased by Swiss steelmaker Duferco, and it continued the operations of the plant. In 1987, the State of Pennsylvania declared Farrell to be a financially distressed municipality. However, in recent years, the economy of Farrell has been revived due to new industrial investments.

Farrell and Nearby Attractions

  • Magoffin House Museum
  • National McKinley Birthplace Memorial
  • Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts
  • Maurice K. Goddard State Park
  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
  • National Aviary

Things To Do In Farrell

The Magoffin House Museum features exhibits of historical importance. Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor showcases artifacts depicting the impact of iron and steel industries on the Mahoning Valley. Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts has a fine arts library, art galleries, classrooms, and studios. Maurice K. Goddard State Park, Moraine State Park, and McConnells Mill State Park offer opportunities for fishing, camping, swimming, boating, mountain biking, hiking, and picnicking. National Aviary, Six Flags Worlds of Adventure, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, and Cleveland Botanical Garden are some of the other popular places to visit in the region.

Farrell Transportation

Pittsburgh International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Farrell Higher Education

Nearby colleges include the Penn State Shenango, Thiel College, Westminster College, and Youngstown State University.


Total Population 4,852
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 20.2%
Employed Population 16+ 1,655
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 38.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $41,584
% Above Poverty Level 77.5%
% Below Poverty Level 22.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 36.8%
Median Gross Rent $665
Median House Value $60,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 51.5%
US/American 0%
English 4.1%
Irish 8%

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

Farrell Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles NE of Youngstown, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 59 miles NW of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Mercer
Metro Area Sharon
Standard Zip Codes 16121
Phone Area Codes 724
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.212
Longitude -80.496

Farrell Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 9.2 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 32 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 59 to 81 F
Oct Temp 41 to 61 F
Annual Precip 38 inches
Station MERCER
Distance 13.7 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 61 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 42.7 inches
Station WARREN 3 S
Distance 16.7 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 33 F
Apr Temp 33 to 59 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 37.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hermitage 16,185 $71,393

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

Farrell Public Libraries

Stey Nevant Public Library
Farrell, Pennsylvania
(724) 983-2714

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Farrell High Schools

Serves 461 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.1

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