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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.

People

Total Population 13,279
Male Share of the Population 46%
Female Share of the Population 54%
Senior Citizens 12.7%
Employed Population 16+ 5,747
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 42.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $48,882
% Above Poverty Level 79.7%
% Below Poverty Level 20.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 28.1%
Median Gross Rent $719
Median House Value $99,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.1%
US/American 0%
English 10.1%
Irish 17.4%

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

Bellefontaine Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles N of Springfield, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 48 miles NW of Columbus, Ohio
County Logan
Standard Zip Codes 43311
Phone Area Codes 937
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.361
Longitude -83.759

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)

Station BELLEFONTAINE
Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 37.4 inches
Station URBANA WWTP
Distance 18.1 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 34 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 40 inches
Station SIDNEY 1 S
Distance 21.6 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 33 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38.4 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)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belle Center 807 $60,583
De Graff 1,501 $48,523
Huntsville 550 $51,458

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

Bellefontaine Public Libraries

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

MARY RUTAN HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
205 PALMER AVENUE
(937) 592-4015
Emergency Service: Yes

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Bellefontaine High Schools

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BELLEFONTAINE HIGH SCHOOL
555 E LAKE AVE
937-593-0545
Serves 884 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

BENJAMIN LOGAN HIGH SCHOOL
6609 STATE ROUTE 47 E
937-592-1666
Serves 619 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.7

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2280 STATE ROUTE 540
937-599-3010
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