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Mechanicsburg, Ohio
Motto(s): 
"Where Unity Means Progress"
Location of Mechanicsburg, Ohio
Location of Mechanicsburg, Ohio
Location of Mechanicsburg in Champaign County
Location of Mechanicsburg in Champaign County
Coordinates: 40°4′28″N 83°33′28″W / 40.07444°N 83.55778°W / 40.07444; -83.55778Coordinates: 40°4′28″N 83°33′28″W / 40.07444°N 83.55778°W / 40.07444; -83.55778
Country United States
State Ohio
County Champaign
Township Goshen
Established 1814
Government
 • Type Mayor - Council
Area
 • Total 0.98 sq mi (2.55 km2)
 • Land 0.98 sq mi (2.54 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
1,083 ft (330 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,644
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,591
 • Density 1,621.81/sq mi (626.08/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
43044
Area code(s) 937, 326
FIPS code 39-48706
GNIS feature ID 1061501
Website http://www.mechanicsburgohio.org/

Mechanicsburg is a village in Champaign County, Ohio, United States. The population was 1,644 at the 2010 census.

History

Mechanicsburg was platted in 1814. The village was so named for the fact a large share of its settlers worked as mechanics. By 1833, Mechanicsburg's industries included two stores, a gristmill and a saw mill. Mechanicsburg was incorporated as a village in 1834.

During the antebellum years, because of its location on a tributary of the Ohio River, Mechanicsburg was used as a station on the Underground Railroad. The "conductor" Udney Hyde (1808-1887) is credited with helping more than 500 fugitive slaves on their way to freedom.

Geography

Mechanicsburg is located at 40°4′28″N 83°33′28″W / 40.07444°N 83.55778°W / 40.07444; -83.55778 (40.074483, -83.557759).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.02 square miles (2.64 km2), of which, 1.01 square miles (2.62 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water. It is located on Little Darby Creek, a tributary of the Scioto River, and, ultimately the Ohio River. Fugitive slaves made their way cross-country when escaping from Kentucky.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 682
1860 735 7.8%
1870 940 27.9%
1880 1,522 61.9%
1890 1,459 −4.1%
1900 1,617 10.8%
1910 1,446 −10.6%
1920 1,470 1.7%
1930 1,424 −3.1%
1940 1,653 16.1%
1950 1,920 16.2%
1960 1,810 −5.7%
1970 1,686 −6.9%
1980 1,792 6.3%
1990 1,803 0.6%
2000 1,744 −3.3%
2010 1,644 −5.7%
2019 (est.) 1,591 −3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,644 people, 598 households, and 403 families living in the village. The population density was 1,627.7 inhabitants per square mile (628.5/km2). There were 671 housing units at an average density of 664.4 per square mile (256.5/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.4% White, 1.6% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 598 households, of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.6% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.02.

The median age in the village was 35.5 years. 24.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.2% were from 25 to 44; 22.7% were from 45 to 64; and 13.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 52.3% male and 47.7% female.

Community

Mechanicsburg is home to a rich history. Annually Mechanicsburg celebrates many holidays, which are sponsored through the efforts of Our Towne Mechanicsburg.

Maple Grove Cemetery is the center of Memorial Day activities. The annual Summer Celebration is the second Saturday of July to commemorate Independence Day, including a parade, live music, and fireworks. Christmas in the Village is the second Saturday of December.

Notable people

  • Sue Ernest Hewling, Orchestra leader and professional whistler.
  • John Foley Horr, Civil War Officer, Collector of Customs, Federal Marshall
  • William B. Saxbe, politician
  • David Martin Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court
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