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Overview

Introduction to Bellefontaine, Ohio

Bellefontaine, Ohio, in Logan county, is 30 miles N of Springfield, Ohio (center to center) and 48 miles NW of Columbus, Ohio

Bellefontaine History

The Miami American Indians were among the original inhabitants of this region. In the mid-1700s, this area was dominated by the Shawnee Nation whose settlement was known as "Blue Jacket's Town." White settlers arrived in the 1800s, and the community of Bellefontaine was officially laid out in 1820. According to records, the name "Bellefontaine" is derived from a French word meaning "beautiful spring." The place was named because of the presence of springs in the region. The first concrete road in the nation was built in Bellefontaine in 1801. The city was officially incorporated in 1835. In the 1890s, the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and St. Louis Railroad established a terminal in Bellefontaine, and constructed its largest roundhouse between St. Louis and New York in this city.

Bellefontaine and Nearby Attractions

  • Ohio State Capitol
  • Organette House Mechanical Music Museum
  • Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
  • Indian Lake State Park
  • Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum
  • Columbus Topiary Garden

Things To Do In Bellefontaine

Campbell Hill, which is a popular destination in Bellefontaine, marks the highest point in elevation in Ohio. Organette House Mechanical Music Museum showcases collections of organettes and mechanical musical instruments. The Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum, Springfield Museum of Art, Piqua Historical Area, Fort Amanda and the Ohio State Capitol are other historic sites and museums in the area. Opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, picnicking and camping are available at the Kiser Lake State Park and Indian Lake State Park. The city is also home to a number of parks including the Mary Rutan Park, Blue Jacket Park, Fred Carter Park and Southview Park. The other attractions near Bellefontaine are the Columbus Topiary Garden, Six Flags Wyandot Lake, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium and Cox Arboretum & Gardens Metropark. Residents also host the Logan County Fair every July.

Bellefontaine Transportation

Bellefontaine Regional Airport is located in the city.

Bellefontaine Higher Education

Ohio State University, and Urbana University operate satellite campuses in Bellefontaine. Other colleges nearby include the Ohio Northern University, Wittenberg University and Cedarville University.

Demographics

People

Total Population13,211
Male Share of the Population45.2%
Female Share of the Population54.8%
Senior Citizens13.4%
Employed Population 16+5,890
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married42%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17.9%
Median Earnings25+$30,812
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,740

Wealth

Median Family Income$50,321
% Above Poverty Level79.1%
% Below Poverty Level20.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.6%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone27.6%
Median Gross Rent$738
Median House Value$101,300

Ancestry

German30.3%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)22%
Irish17.3%
English10%
Italian3.7%
French Except Basque3%
Scottish2.5%
Dutch2.2%
Welsh0.7%
Swiss0.5%
Norwegian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Polish0.3%
Arab0.3%
Jamaican0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
African0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Swedish0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Greek0.1%
Russian0.1%
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Bellefontaine Almanac

CategoryValue
County Logan County
Standard Zip Codes43311
Phone Area Codes937
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.36
Approximate Longitude-83.75

Bellefontaine Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBELLEFONTAINE
Distance0.9 miles
Jan Temp15 to 32 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 63 F
Annual Precip37.4 inches
StationURBANA WWTP
Distance18.1 miles
Jan Temp18 to 34 F
Apr Temp38 to 61 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip40 inches
StationSIDNEY 1 S
Distance21.6 miles
Jan Temp16 to 33 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 64 F
Annual Precip38.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Belle Center793$55,000
De Graff1,399$43,558
Huntsville535$53,125
Rushsylvania620$58,125
West Liberty1,725$58,289
Zanesfield302$61,719

Bellefontaine Public Libraries

Logan County District Library
220 N MAIN ST
Bellefontaine, Ohio
(937) 599-4189

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Bellefontaine Hospitals

Mary Rutan Hospital
(Non-profit)
205 Palmer Avenue
(937) 592-4015

Bellefontaine Public Schools

Bellefontaine Elementary School
1001 Ludlow Rd
ZIP: 43311
(937) 599-4331
Primary
Total Enrollment 578
Bellefontaine High School
555 E Lake Ave
ZIP: 43311
(937) 593-0545
High
Total Enrollment 758
Bellefontaine Intermediate School
509 N Park St
ZIP: 43311
(937) 592-5646
Primary
Total Enrollment 561
Bellefontaine Middle School
1201 Ludlow Rd
ZIP: 43311
(937) 593-9010
Middle
Total Enrollment 591
Benjamin Logan Elementary School
4560 County Road 26
ZIP: 43311
(937) 592-4838
Primary
Total Enrollment 651
Benjamin Logan High School
6609 State Route 47 E
ZIP: 43311
(937) 592-1666
High
Total Enrollment 527
Benjamin Logan Middle School
4626 County Road 26
ZIP: 43311
(937) 599-2386
Middle
Total Enrollment 515
Ohio Hi-point
2280 State Route 540
ZIP: 43311
(937) 599-3010
High

Bellefontaine Private Schools

Calvary Christian School
1140 Rush Ave
ZIP: 43311
Elementary
Total Enrollment 133
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