King Pumpkin of the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival in 2008.
|Motto(s): "Where History Meets Progress"|
Location of Barnesville, Ohio
Location of Barnesville in Belmont County
|Established||November 8th 1808|
|o Mayor||Dale Bunting|
|o Founder||James Barnes & David Barnes|
|o Total||1.95 sq mi (5.05 km2)|
|o Land||1.94 sq mi (5.02 km2)|
|o Water||0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)|
|Elevation||1,270 ft (387 m)|
|o Estimate (2012)||4,145|
|o Density||2,161.3/sq mi (834.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|o Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1064381|
Barnesville is a village in Belmont County, Ohio, United States. It is located in the central portion of Warren Township in Belmont County and is part of the Wheeling, West Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 4,193 at the 2010 census.
The town was named after James Barnes, who was the first settler. Barnes was born in Montgomery County, Maryland and was married to Nancy Harrison, described as "an intelligent Quaker lady." Barnes owned a farm in Montgomery County, and later laid out a town there, also known as Barnesville, Maryland, where he operated a country store for a time.
In 1803, he moved to Ohio, settling first in St. Clairsville, where he operated a tavern and general store. In 1806 Barnes settled in Warren Township, Belmont County and cleared away the forest and built a house, established a tannery and general store and planted orchards. In November 1808, the town of Barnesville was laid out, and four years later Mr. Barnes and his family became permanent residents of the new village. Barnesville was described in 1833 as having six stores and a steam mill.
Barnesville was incorporated as a village in 1835.
Barnesville is located at .
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.95 square miles (5.05 km2), of which, 1.94 square miles (5.02 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 4,193 people, 1,763 households, and 1,114 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,161.3 inhabitants per square mile (834.5/km2). There were 2,011 housing units at an average density of 1,036.6 per square mile (400.2/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.0% White, 0.9% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.6% of the population.
There were 1,763 households of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.4% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.8% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.82.
The median age in the village was 41.4 years. 21.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.9% were from 25 to 44; 25.5% were from 45 to 64; and 20.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 46.2% male and 53.8% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,225 people, 1,769 households, and 1,119 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,196.6 people per square mile (849.6/km2). There were 1,964 housing units at an average density of 1,021.1 per square mile (395.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.41% White, 0.71% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.17% Asian, and 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.26% of the population.
There were 1,769 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.7% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the village, the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 20.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 82.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.4 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $23,925, and the median income for a family was $31,927. Males had a median income of $25,098 versus $16,119 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,105. About 21.2% of families and 22.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.1% of those under age 18 and 14.6% of those age 65 or over.
The village is the host of the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival every September, attracting tourists from the area.
The village of Barnesville is served by the Barnesville Exempted Village School District. The village's schools saw a renovation in 2002 to improve and expand classroom learning and appearances.
Barnesville Historic District, view of downtown facing East.
Belmont County Victorian Mansion Museum in Barnesville, built in 1893.
The Barnesville B&O Railroad Depot, built in 1916.