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Chesapeake, Ohio
Symmes Creek at its mouth
Symmes Creek at its mouth
Location of Chesapeake, Ohio
Location of Chesapeake, Ohio
Location of Chesapeake in Lawrence County
Location of Chesapeake in Lawrence County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Lawrence
Township Union
 • Total 0.56 sq mi (1.45 km2)
 • Land 0.47 sq mi (1.23 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.22 km2)
554 ft (169 m)
 • Total 691
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,481.01/sq mi (572.33/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 740
FIPS code 39-13904
GNIS feature ID 1056797
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Chesapeake, Ohio

Chesapeake is a village in Lawrence County, Ohio, United States. The population was 691 at the 2020 census. It lies across the Ohio River from Huntington, West Virginia, at the mouth of Symmes Creek.

A bridge across the Ohio River connects Chesapeake to Huntington's downtown area. At one time, this was the only bridge connection across the Ohio River linking Ohio to Huntington. In recent years, bridges across the Ohio River connecting Ohio to Huntington's East and West sides have been built.

Chesapeake is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 288,649.


Chesapeake Village jail
The Chesapeake Village jail, which was in use from 1910 until 1961.

Chesapeake is derived from the Algonquin name for "place where water is spread out".


Chesapeake is located at 38°25′41″N 82°27′17″W / 38.42806°N 82.45472°W / 38.42806; -82.45472 (38.428066, -82.454832).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.56 square miles (1.45 km2), of which 0.47 square miles (1.22 km2) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 541
1920 821 51.8%
1930 1,094 33.3%
1940 1,068 −2.4%
1950 1,285 20.3%
1960 1,396 8.6%
1970 1,364 −2.3%
1980 1,370 0.4%
1990 1,073 −21.7%
2000 842 −21.5%
2010 745 −11.5%
2020 691 −7.2%
2019 (est.) 702 −5.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 745 people, 345 households, and 195 families living in the village. The population density was 1,585.1 inhabitants per square mile (612.0/km2). There were 399 housing units at an average density of 848.9 per square mile (327.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.8% White, 0.5% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 345 households, of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.8% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.5% were non-families. 37.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age in the village was 44.4 years. 20.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.5% were from 25 to 44; 28.1% were from 45 to 64; and 21.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.4% male and 52.6% female.


Chesapeake Union Exempted Village School District operates one elementary school, one middle school, and Chesapeake High School.

Chesapeake has a public library, a branch of Briggs Lawrence County Public Library.

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