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.



Total Population13,279
Male Share of the Population46%
Female Share of the Population54%
Senior Citizens12.7%
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population34


% of people married42.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.1%
Median Earnings25+$0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0


Median Family Income$48,882
% Above Poverty Level79.7%
% Below Poverty Level20.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%


People Living Alone28.1%
Median Gross Rent$719
Median House Value$99,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)22.1%
French Except Basque3.2%
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Bellefontaine Almanac

Nearest Medium City 30 miles N of Springfield, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City48 miles NW of Columbus, Ohio
County Logan County
Standard Zip Codes43311
Phone Area Codes937
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Bellefontaine Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

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
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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Bellefontaine, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bellefontne (43311)

Bellfntn (43311)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Belle Center807$60,583
De Graff1,501$48,523

Bellefontaine Public Libraries

Logan County District Library
220 N MAIN ST BELLEFONTAINE, OH 43311 (40.363517, -83.759436)
Bellefontaine, Ohio
(937) 599-4189

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Bellefontaine Hospitals

Mary Rutan Hospital
205 Palmer Avenue
(937) 592-4015
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Bellefontaine Public Schools

Benjamin Logan Elementary School
4560 County Rd 26
(937) 592-4838
Total Enrollment 610
Bellefontaine High School
555 East Lake Ave
(937) 593-0545
Total Enrollment 776
Bellefontaine Middle School
509 North Park St
(937) 593-9010
Total Enrollment 622
Northeastern Elementary School
600 East Brown Ave
(937) 599-4431
Total Enrollment 425
Southeastern Elementary School
613 Hamilton St
(937) 599-4331
Total Enrollment 392
Western Elementary School
1130 West Sandusky Ave
(937) 592-5646
Total Enrollment 383
Ohio Hi-point
2280 State Route 540
(937) 599-3010
Benjamin Logan High School
6609 State Route 47 East
(937) 592-1666
Total Enrollment 541
Benjamin Logan Middle School
4626 County Rd 26
(937) 599-2386
Total Enrollment 577
Ohio Hi-point Career Center South Campus
2280 State Route 540
(937) 599-3010

Bellefontaine Private Schools

Calvary Christian School
1140 Rush Ave
Total Enrollment 133

Bellefontaine Colleges

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