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Coal Grove, Ohio
Marion Pike (SR 243) running through the village
Marion Pike (SR 243) running through the village
Location of Coal Grove, Ohio
Location of Coal Grove, Ohio
Location of Coal Grove in Lawrence County
Location of Coal Grove in Lawrence County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Lawrence
Townships Upper, Perry
 • Total 2.05 sq mi (5.30 km2)
 • Land 1.90 sq mi (4.93 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.37 km2)
577 ft (176 m)
 • Total 2,069
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,090.43/sq mi (421.08/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 740
FIPS code 39-16378
GNIS feature ID 1075593

Coal Grove is a village in Lawrence County, Ohio, United States, along the Ohio River. The population was 2,165 at the 2010 census. It borders the city of Ironton and lies across the Ohio River from Ashland, Kentucky. It is linked to Ashland by the Ben Williamson Memorial Bridge and Simeon Willis Memorial Bridge.

Coal Grove 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.


Coal Grove was once known as "Petersburg" or "Petersburgh." Its name has also been spelled "Coalgrove."


Coal Grove is located at 38°30′1″N 82°38′45″W / 38.50028°N 82.64583°W / 38.50028; -82.64583 (38.500240, -82.645926).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.04 square miles (5.28 km2), of which 1.90 square miles (4.92 km2) is land and 0.14 square miles (0.36 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 506
1900 1,191 135.4%
1910 1,759 47.7%
1920 1,851 5.2%
1930 2,181 17.8%
1940 2,351 7.8%
1950 2,492 6.0%
1960 2,961 18.8%
1970 2,759 −6.8%
1980 2,602 −5.7%
1990 2,251 −13.5%
2000 2,027 −10.0%
2010 2,069 2.1%
2019 (est.) 2,074 0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,165 people, 833 households, and 593 families living in the village. The population density was 1,139.5 inhabitants per square mile (440.0/km2). There were 891 housing units at an average density of 468.9 per square mile (181.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.7% White, 0.6% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.1% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.3% of the population.

There were 833 households, of which 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples living together, 20.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.8% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the village was 38.5 years. 24.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.1% were from 25 to 44; 23.7% were from 45 to 64; and 16.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.1% male and 52.9% female.


Coal Grove is the home to the Dawson-Bryant Local School District. The district maintains one high school and middle school in the village itself and one elementary school in Deering. The schools are named after two local men, Homer Dawson and Curtis Bryant, who fought in the First World War. Located near Deering is a one-room schoolhouse that used to serve all grades. This building has the distinction of being one of the oldest structures in the county.

Notable people

Joe Willis, Major League Baseball player

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