Introduction to Martins Ferry, Ohio

Martins Ferry, Ohio, in Belmont county, is 45 miles SW of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The city is part of the Wheeling metropolitan statistical area.

Martins Ferry History

Martins Ferry, which is the oldest permanent settlement in Ohio, was settled in 1779. Then a town, Martins Ferry was disbanded twice before it was permanently established in 1785. The town was redesigned by Ebenezer Martin who was the son of one of the earliest settlers, Absalom Martin. The place has been named and renamed a number of times before it became Martin's Ferry. This name refers to the ferry service operated by Ebenezer Martin. Some of the earlier names of the city include Hoglinstown, Norristown and Martinsville.

Martins Ferry and Nearby Attractions

  • Andy Warhol Museum
  • West Virginia Independence Hall
  • Barkcamp State Park
  • National Aviary
  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
  • Hidden Valley

Things To Do In Martins Ferry

There are many things to do and places to go to in and around Martins Ferry. The Andy Warhol Museum, the Old Economy Village and Fort Pitt Museum are some of the museums in the area. Historic sites like West Virginia Independence Hall and West Virginia Penitentiary are also situated nearby. A number of parks including Barkcamp State Park, Hillman State Park and Raccoon Creek State Park are also located convenintly. A major attraction near Martins Ferry is the National Aviary, which houses several endangered birds, and more than 600 exotic birds.

Martins Ferry Transportation

Air transportation is available from Pittsburgh International Airport.

Martins Ferry Higher Education

Colleges nearby include Belmont Technical College, Bethany College and Franciscan University of Steubenville.


Total Population6,829
Male Share of the Population45%
Female Share of the Population55%
Senior Citizens16.9%
Employed Population 16+2,880
Age of the Population44


% of people married46.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher13.2%
Median Earnings25+$0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0


Median Family Income$43,393
% Above Poverty Level76.1%
% Below Poverty Level23.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.3%
% Using Public Transportation3.1%


People Living Alone36.8%
Median Gross Rent$489
Median House Value$74,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)14.5%

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

Martins Ferry Almanac

Nearest Large City45 miles SW of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Metro AreaWheeling
Standard Zip Codes43935
Phone Area Codes740
Time ZoneEastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Martins Ferry Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance3.2 miles
Jan Temp21 to 38 F
Apr Temp39 to 63 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp44 to 66 F
Annual Precip40.3 inches
Distance14.2 miles
Jan Temp20 to 37 F
Apr Temp38 to 63 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp42 to 65 F
Annual Precip39.4 inches
Distance18.7 miles
Jan Temp18 to 34 F
Apr Temp40 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 82 F
Oct Temp42 to 63 F
Annual Precip40.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

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

Martins Ferry Public Libraries

Martins Ferry Public Library
Martins Ferry, Ohio
(740) 633-0314
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Martins Ferry Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(740) 633-1100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 647 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

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