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South Point, Ohio
South Point Elementary School
South Point Elementary School
Location of South Point, Ohio
Location of South Point, Ohio
Location of South Point in Lawrence County
Location of South Point in Lawrence County
Coordinates: 38°25′9″N 82°34′50″W / 38.41917°N 82.58056°W / 38.41917; -82.58056Coordinates: 38°25′9″N 82°34′50″W / 38.41917°N 82.58056°W / 38.41917; -82.58056
Country United States
State Ohio
County Lawrence
Townships Perry, Fayette
 • Total 3.23 sq mi (8.36 km2)
 • Land 2.94 sq mi (7.61 km2)
 • Water 0.29 sq mi (0.75 km2)
564 ft (172 m)
 • Total 3,958
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,306.23/sq mi (504.34/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 740
FIPS code 39-73670
GNIS feature ID 1065353

South Point is a village in Lawrence County, Ohio, United States, along the Ohio River. South Point straddles Perry Township and Fayette Township. The population was 3,958 at the 2010 census.

South Point 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.

The village mayor is Jeff Gaskin, who was elected in November 2015.


A post office called South Point has been in operation since 1855 in Fayette Township. The village was so named for the fact the southernmost point in the state is contained within its borders. Now considered to be a populated place within South Point, in 1918 the community of North Kenova was located at (38.412, -82.578), so named because it was on the opposite bank of the Ohio River from Kenova, West Virginia.


South Point is located at 38°25′9″N 82°34′50″W / 38.41917°N 82.58056°W / 38.41917; -82.58056 (38.419289, -82.580579). The village lies at the junction point of the three states of Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Not far from the village lies the southernmost point in the State of Ohio, along the Ohio River less than one mile east of the village's southeast corner.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.23 square miles (8.37 km2), of which 2.94 square miles (7.61 km2) is land and 0.29 square miles (0.75 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 281
1910 316 12.5%
1920 406 28.5%
1930 499 22.9%
1940 605 21.2%
1950 804 32.9%
1960 1,663 106.8%
1970 2,910 75.0%
1980 3,918 34.6%
1990 3,823 −2.4%
2000 3,742 −2.1%
2010 3,958 5.8%
2019 (est.) 3,839 −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,958 people, 1,602 households, and 1,132 families living in the village. The population density was 1,346.3 inhabitants per square mile (519.8/km2). There were 1,699 housing units at an average density of 577.9 per square mile (223.1/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 94.2% White, 3.2% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.4% of the population.

There were 1,602 households, of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.3% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the village was 40.3 years. 23.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.2% were from 25 to 44; 26.8% were from 45 to 64; and 17.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.


The South Point Local School District serves the village and nearby unincorporated areas. Beginning in March 2004, the district embarked on a project to construct all new school buildings, including demolishing certain buildings: the location of the old middle and high schools is the location of the new South Point Elementary School, while the location of the new Burlington Elementary School is the same as that of the old.

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

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