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Leetonia, Ohio
Village of Leetonia
Main Street in Leetonia from the east.
Main Street in Leetonia from the east.
Location of Leetonia in Columbiana County and in the State of Ohio
Location of Leetonia in Columbiana County and in the State of Ohio
Country United States
State Ohio
County Columbiana
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Total 2.27 sq mi (5.88 km2)
 • Land 2.26 sq mi (5.86 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
1,017 ft (310 m)
 • Total 1,833
 • Density 807.49/sq mi (311.73/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 330, 234
FIPS code 39-42560
GNIS feature ID 1064983
School District Leetonia Exempted Village

Leetonia is a village in Salem Township, Columbiana County, Ohio, United States. The population was 1,833 at the 2020 census. Leetonia is located in the Salem, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area.


The Village of Leetonia was founded in 1869, following the American Civil War. Leetonia was named for William Lee of Randolph, New York. Lee was one of the founders of the Leetonia Iron and Coal Company which was laid out in the village in 1866-1867.


Leetonia is located at 40°52′38″N 80°45′25″W / 40.87722°N 80.75694°W / 40.87722; -80.75694 (40.877291, -80.756862).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.27 square miles (5.88 km2), of which 2.26 square miles (5.85 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

One of the features of the downtown district is steep streets, heading north out of the village. The railroad tracks of the Norfolk Southern go through the village heading east and west.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,260
1880 2,552 102.5%
1890 2,826 10.7%
1900 2,744 −2.9%
1910 2,665 −2.9%
1920 2,688 0.9%
1930 2,332 −13.2%
1940 2,259 −3.1%
1950 2,565 13.5%
1960 2,543 −0.9%
1970 2,342 −7.9%
1980 2,121 −9.4%
1990 2,070 −2.4%
2000 2,043 −1.3%
2010 1,959 −4.1%
2020 1,833 −6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,959 people, 748 households, and 541 families living in the village. The population density was 866.8 inhabitants per square mile (334.7/km2). There were 838 housing units at an average density of 370.8 per square mile (143.2/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.8% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.

There were 748 households, of which 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.7% were non-families. 23.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.09.

The median age in the village was 38.2 years. 26.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.6% were from 25 to 44; 26% were from 45 to 64; and 13.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.

Cherry Valley Coke Ovens

The Village of Leetonia is home to one of the few remaining bee hive coke oven sites in America. In the early 1860s, Irish businessman William Lee discovered rich deposits of coal, ore and lime under the soil of today's Leetonia. Lee began to buy the surrounding land and established the company "The Leetonia Coal & Iron Company" which consisted of a coal mine, coke ovens, and a blast furnace. This company jumped into the iron and coal industry and soon turned the area into a thriving company town. The area went from housing three families in 1864 to 1,800 people by 1869 when it was established as The Village of Leetonia.

The Bee-Hive Coke Ovens, born in 1865, was the main operation of the company. Leetonia Coal & Iron would mine the surrounding areas around Leetonia for coal and then cart coal by the tons into the coke ovens on rails above the ovens. The workers would then shovel the coal into the coke ovens to cook. This would purify the coal into a purer product of coal called coke which was then shipped off to the iron mills to be used in smelting iron. Coke has a much higher temperature point than regular coal so it was preferred for use in the mills.

Each coke oven is about 12 feet in diameter and 6 to 7 feet in height with the capacity to hold two to three tons of coal each. While still using 100 ovens, Leetonia Coal & Iron would process 250 tons of coal into coke per day. However, in 1873, the company was bought out and renamed "The Cherry Valley Iron and Coal Company who expanded operations and eventually had over 200 coke ovens and 4 blast furnaces; processing much more coal than ever before. But in 1930, financial troubles hit the company and the Cherry Valley Coke Ovens were closed and never reopened.

However, in 1983, the Cherry Valley Park Arboretum was determined to bring the Leetonia Coke Ovens back to its former glory. Through tedious grants and many hours of volunteer work and planning, the Leetonia Cherry Valley Coke Ovens were finally restored to its former glory and opened back up to the public in 2014.


Children in Leetonia are served by the Leetonia Exempted Village School District. The current schools serving Leetonia are:

  • Leetonia Elementary School – grades K-6
  • Leetonia High School – grades 7-12

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