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Clarington, Ohio
Village
Houses on Market Street
Houses on Market Street
Location of Clarington, Ohio
Location of Clarington, Ohio
Location of Clarington in Monroe County
Location of Clarington in Monroe County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Monroe
Township Salem
Area
 • Total 1.24 sq mi (3.22 km2)
 • Land 1.14 sq mi (2.96 km2)
 • Water 0.10 sq mi (0.26 km2)
Elevation
633 ft (193 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 384
 • Estimate 
(2019)
363
 • Density 317.31/sq mi (122.50/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
43915
Area code(s) 740
FIPS code 39-15210
GNIS feature ID 1056805

Clarington is a village on the Ohio River in Monroe County, Ohio, United States. The population was 384 at the 2010 census.

Clarington is served by the Monroe County District Library from its administrative offices in Woodsfield, Ohio.

History

Clarington was described in 1833 as having two stores, one tavern, one physician and ten residential houses.

During the mid-1800s, Clarington grew considerably and soon was a booming river port town with nearly 1,500 residents. The village boasted a cigar factory, blacksmith shop, restaurants, lodgings, and employed many residents at the local boat yard. Mozena Brothers Boat Yard designed and built many western river steam "packet-boats" on site in Clarington near the mouth of Sunfish Creek. Most famous of these boats was the 1912 built Liberty. A mural of the boat by artist Ruston Baker can be seen in town. By the late 1920s, boat building was on the decline and Mozena Brothers sold out to Cook Brothers & Thomas Boat Yard. Barges, small gas powered ferries, and other craft continued to be built in Clarington up to 1941. Geographically, Clarington was the last port on the Ohio River before crossing the Mason–Dixon line just a few miles south of the village. Noted author, river historian, and educator J. Mack Gamble was a lifelong resident of the town.

The non-profit Ohio Valley River Museum in Clarington serves to preserve and promote the history of Clarington's past, western river steamboats, the impact of river industries, and the role it plays in future development. The current museum president is Taylor Abbott. Barbara Rush serves as director. The museum is operated by a nine-member board of directors.

In recent years, Clarington has become an epicenter of oil and gas activity after drilling discoveries of Utica and Marcellus gas formations. As of late 2014, Appalachian Resins had signed a letter of intent to lease 50 acres in Clarington. The Houston-based company plans to construct a $1 billion plant on the site that will use ethane, a component of natural gas, from the nearby Utica and Marcellus formations and break it down into ethylene. The project is considered a major development and boost to the economy of Monroe County following the closure of the Ormet aluminum plant.

Geography

Clarington is located at 39°46′22″N 80°52′5″W / 39.77278°N 80.86806°W / 39.77278; -80.86806 (39.772655, -80.868008).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.24 square miles (3.21 km2), of which, 1.14 square miles (2.95 km2) is land and 0.10 square miles (0.26 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 341
1870 728
1880 915 25.7%
1890 762 −16.7%
1900 905 18.8%
1910 784 −13.4%
1920 607 −22.6%
1930 506 −16.6%
1940 490 −3.2%
1950 478 −2.4%
1960 394 −17.6%
1970 338 −14.2%
1980 558 65.1%
1990 406 −27.2%
2000 444 9.4%
2010 384 −13.5%
2019 (est.) 363 −5.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 384 people, 165 households, and 107 families residing in the village. The population density was 336.8 inhabitants per square mile (130.0/km2). There were 186 housing units at an average density of 163.2 per square mile (63.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.9% White, 1.0% African American, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.3% of the population.

There were 165 households, of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.4% were married couples living together, 16.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.2% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.88.

The median age in the village was 40.3 years. 23.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.2% were from 25 to 44; 28.1% were from 45 to 64; and 15.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 44.5% male and 55.5% female.

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Clarington has a Humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Climate data for Clarington, Ohio
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 5.6
(42)
6.1
(43)
13.3
(56)
18.9
(66)
24.4
(76)
27.8
(82)
30
(86)
29.4
(85)
26.7
(80)
20.6
(69)
12.2
(54)
6.1
(43)
18.3
(65)
Average low °C (°F) -5.6
(22)
-5.6
(22)
-0.6
(31)
3.9
(39)
8.9
(48)
13.9
(57)
16.1
(61)
15.6
(60)
12.2
(54)
5.6
(42)
0
(32)
-3.9
(25)
5
(41)
Precipitation mm (inches) 94
(3.7)
79
(3.1)
99
(3.9)
97
(3.8)
107
(4.2)
109
(4.3)
114
(4.5)
102
(4)
76
(3)
74
(2.9)
76
(3)
84
(3.3)
1,110
(43.7)
Source: Weatherbase
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