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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.

People

Total Population 5,569
Male Share of the Population 43.4%
Female Share of the Population 56.6%
Senior Citizens 18%
Employed Population 16+ 2,357
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 44%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $52,750
% Above Poverty Level 74.7%
% Below Poverty Level 25.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 0.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 33.8%
Median Gross Rent $543
Median House Value $83,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21%
US/American 0%
English 5.9%
Irish 25.6%

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

Wellston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 48 miles N of Huntington, West Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 63 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio
County Jackson
Standard Zip Codes 45692
Phone Area Codes 740
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.123
Longitude -82.533

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)

Station JACKSON 3 NW
Distance 9.4 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 65 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 40 to 65 F
Annual Precip 40.8 inches
Station WAVERLY
Distance 24.2 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 38 F
Apr Temp 38 to 65 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 39 to 67 F
Annual Precip 39.8 inches
Station ATHENS 2 N
Distance 28.7 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 39 F
Apr Temp 36 to 65 F
Jul Temp 60 to 86 F
Oct Temp 38 to 67 F
Annual Precip 39.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Coalton 642 $39,375
Hamden 945 $30,694
Jackson 6,324 $47,955
McArthur 1,925 $47,222

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

Wellston Public Libraries

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

WELLSTON HIGH SCHOOL
200 GOLDEN ROCKET DRIVE
740-384-2162
Serves 528 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

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