Introduction to Sharon, Pennsylvania

Sharon, Pennsylvania, in Mercer county, is 12 miles NE of Youngstown, Ohio (center to center) and 60 miles NW of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The city is home to some 16,328 residents.

Sharon History

The first settlers built their homes along the Shenango River in 1795. According to one tradition, a settler named the community "Sharon" after the Plain of Sharon in Israel. The area had significant deposits of coal which led it to develop into an industrial center with flour mills, furnaces, manufacturers, rolling mills, and boiler and machine shops. On December 17, 1918, Sharon was incorporated as a city. It was the filming location for the 1998 movie "Tiger Warsaw".

Sharon and Nearby Attractions

  • Arms Family Museum of Local History
  • Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts
  • National McKinley Birthplace Memorial
  • Maurice K. Goddard State Park

Things To Do In Sharon

The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts includes art galleries, a fine arts library, and studios, while the Butler Institute of American Art houses collections of artists like Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, Reginald Marsh, and Georgia O'Keeffe. The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor showcases exhibits which relay the history of Mahoning Valley's iron and steel industry. Magoffin House Museum features artifacts of historical importance. Arms Family Museum of Local History, National Packard Museum, and National McKinley Birthplace Memorial are also located near Sharon. Hiking, biking, swimming, camping, horseback riding, boating, and fishing can be enjoyed at the Mosquito Lake State Park, Moraine State Park, and Maurice K. Goddard State Park.

Sharon Transportation

The closest major airport is Pittsburgh International Airport.

Sharon Higher Education

Pennsylvania State University - Shenango Campus is located in the city of Sharon. Thiel College, Youngstown State University, and Westminster College are nearby.


Total Population 13,845
Male Share of the Population 43.4%
Female Share of the Population 56.6%
Senior Citizens 17.2%
Employed Population 16+ 5,371
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 37.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.8%
Median Earnings25+ $25,229
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,568
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,207


Median Family Income $37,189
% Above Poverty Level 73.7%
% Below Poverty Level 26.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%


People Living Alone 38.2%
Median Gross Rent $556
Median House Value $61,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.6%
US/American 0%
English 7.2%
Irish 16.2%

Sharon Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles NE of Youngstown, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 60 miles NW of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
County Mercer
Metro Area Sharon
Standard Zip Codes 16146, 16148
Phone Area Codes 724
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.233
Longitude -80.493

Sharon Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 9.1 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 13.6 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 17 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
Farrell 4,883 $41,380
Greenville 5,919 $43,826
Hermitage 16,237 $69,823

Sharon Public Libraries

Shenango Valley Com Library
Sharon, Pennsylvania
(724) 981-4360
Library Web Site

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Sharon Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(724) 983-3912
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 1,103 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

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