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Overview

Introduction to Ironton, Ohio

Ironton, Ohio, in Lawrence county, is 15 miles NW of Huntington, West Virginia (center to center) and 100 miles S of Columbus, Ohio. The city is conveniently located inside the Huntington - Ashland metropolitan area.

Ironton History

In 1849, John Cambell, one of the leading pig iron manufacturers, founded the present day city of Ironton. The area was a prime producer of iron during the 1850s and 1890s. Iron produced in this area was used for manufacturing the USS Monitor and other countries, such as France, England and Russia, also purchased iron for warships from Ironton. Other industries that flourished in this area were those that dealt with soap and nail production.

Ironton and Nearby Attractions

  • Lawrence County Museum
  • Wayne National Forest
  • Highlands Museum and Discovery Center
  • Beech Fork State Park
  • Kentucky Highlands Museum and Discovery Center
  • Camden Park

Things To Do In Ironton

While staying in Ironton, you can visit a number of churches including Pine Street United Methodist Church, Ellison Street Church of the Nazarene, Immanuel Church, Loran Street Church and many more. You can plan a trip to the Fifth and Lawrence Streets Residential Historic District and Rankin Historic District. The Beechwood Park is also worth visiting.

Ironton Transportation

Air transportation is available from Tri-State Airport/Milton J. Ferguson Field Airport.

Ironton Higher Education

Ohio University - Southern Campus is located within the city. Other colleges and universities offering facilities for higher education include Marshall University, Ohio University - Main Campus, Shawnee State University and Morehead State University.

People

Total Population 11,172
Male Share of the Population 46.8%
Female Share of the Population 53.2%
Senior Citizens 19.4%
Employed Population 16+ 4,148
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 42.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.3%
Median Earnings25+ $27,995
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,875
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,528

Wealth

Median Family Income $51,121
% Above Poverty Level 80%
% Below Poverty Level 20%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 35.1%
Median Gross Rent $568
Median House Value $89,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.9%
US/American 0%
English 8.6%
Irish 11.7%

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

Ironton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles NW of Huntington, West Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 100 miles S of Columbus, Ohio
County Lawrence
Metro Area Huntington - Ashland
Standard Zip Codes 45638
Phone Area Codes 740
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.536
Longitude -82.683

Ironton 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 ASHLAND
Distance 7 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 42 F
Apr Temp 37 to 68 F
Jul Temp 61 to 88 F
Oct Temp 40 to 69 F
Annual Precip 42.9 inches
Station SOUTH POINT
Distance 9.4 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 40 F
Apr Temp 39 to 65 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 44.2 inches
Station HUNTINGTON TRI STATE
Distance 13.8 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 41 F
Apr Temp 44 to 67 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 66 F
Annual Precip 42.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chesapeake 891 $43,875
Coal Grove 2,066 $42,955
Hanging Rock 196 $51,250

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

Ironton Public Libraries

Library
Briggs Lawrence County Public Library
321 S. 4TH ST.
Ironton, Ohio
(740) 532-1124
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Ironton High Schools

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ROCK HILL SR HIGH SCHOOL
2415 COUNTY ROAD 26
740-532-7012
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 604 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

IRONTON HIGH SCHOOL
1701 S 7TH ST
740-532-3911
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 523 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

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