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Overview

Introduction to Wellston, Ohio

Wellston, Ohio, in Jackson county, is 48 miles N of Huntington, West Virginia (center to center) and 63 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio

Wellston History

Wellston, which was a land known for its abundant resources of superior quality coal, was founded by Harvey Wells and named in his honor. The town was laid out in November 1873, and the first iron furnace was constructed in 1874. This was shortly followed by the construction of many more furnaces. The growth and prosperity of the town continued with the development of railroads and new businesses, and Wellston was incorporated as a village in February 1876.

Wellston and Nearby Attractions

  • Lake Alma State Park
  • Buckeye Furnace
  • Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
  • Southern Ohio Museum
  • Seip Mound
  • Clark Planetarium

Things To Do In Wellston

Numerous interesting places to visit are located near Wellston, such as the Southern Ohio Museum, which displays a wide range of artifacts. Point Pleasant River Museum and West Virginia State Farm Museum are also nearby. Parks such as Tar Hollow State Park, Lake Hope State Park and Jackson Lake State Park offer opportunities for recreation and are known for their scenic beauty, hiking trails and campsites. Two places of historical significance near Wellston are Leo Petroglyph and Buckeye Furnace.

Wellston Transportation

Port Columbus International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Wellston Higher Education

Some of the colleges near Wellston are Ohio University, Shawnee State University, Hocking College and University of Rio Grande.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,560
Male Share of the Population44.3%
Female Share of the Population55.7%
Senior Citizens18.8%
Employed Population 16+2,067
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married46.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher12.5%
Median Earnings25+$32,803
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,821

Wealth

Median Family Income$48,214
% Above Poverty Level74.7%
% Below Poverty Level25.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Working from Home1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.2%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone30.4%
Median Gross Rent$565
Median House Value$82,600

Ancestry

Irish21.3%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)17.3%
German14.4%
English8%
Dutch5.8%
Welsh1.9%
French Except Basque1.7%
Scottish1.4%
Italian1.2%
Polish0.9%
Norwegian0.4%
Hungarian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
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Wellston Almanac

CategoryValue
County Jackson County
Standard Zip Codes45692
Phone Area Codes740
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude39.11
Approximate Longitude-82.53

Wellston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationJACKSON 3 NW
Distance9.4 miles
Jan Temp20 to 38 F
Apr Temp37 to 65 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp40 to 65 F
Annual Precip40.8 inches
StationWAVERLY
Distance24.2 miles
Jan Temp18 to 38 F
Apr Temp38 to 65 F
Jul Temp63 to 86 F
Oct Temp39 to 67 F
Annual Precip39.8 inches
StationATHENS 2 N
Distance28.7 miles
Jan Temp18 to 39 F
Apr Temp36 to 65 F
Jul Temp60 to 86 F
Oct Temp38 to 67 F
Annual Precip39.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Coalton481$41,563
Hamden855$29,375
Jackson6,293$46,875
McArthur1,694$48,897
Wilkesville169$46,667
Zaleski299$51,607

Wellston Public Libraries

Sylvester Memorial Wellston Public Library
135 E. SECOND ST.
Wellston, Ohio
(740) 384-6660

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Wellston Public Schools

Bundy Elementary School
525 W 7th St
ZIP: 45692
(740) 384-6245
Primary
Total Enrollment 390
Wellston High School
200 Golden Rocket Drive
ZIP: 45692
(740) 384-2162
High
Total Enrollment 398
Wellston Intermediate School
225 Golden Rocket Dr
ZIP: 45692
(740) 384-2060
Primary
Total Enrollment 361
Wellston Middle School
227 Golden Rocket Drive
ZIP: 45692
(740) 384-2251
Middle
Total Enrollment 321

Wellston Private Schools

Sts Peter & Paul School
229 S New York Ave
ZIP: 45692
Elementary
Total Enrollment 111
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