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St. Clairsville, Ohio
Paradise On The Hilltop
Location of St. Clairsville, Ohio
Location of St. Clairsville, Ohio
Location of St. Clairsville in Belmont County
Location of St. Clairsville in Belmont County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Belmont
 • Total 2.44 sq mi (6.32 km2)
 • Land 2.42 sq mi (6.27 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
1,273 ft (388 m)
 • Total 5,184
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,122.63/sq mi (819.41/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
FIPS code 39-69526
GNIS feature ID 1082182

St. Clairsville is a city in and the county seat of Belmont County, Ohio, United States. It is part of the Wheeling, WV-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 5,184 at the 2010 census.

Attractions and Economy

The main shopping district is centered on the Ohio Valley Mall, which opened in 1978.

Another popular location in St. Clairsville is a bicycle path that runs approximately 2.5 miles (4.0 km) from the entrance to the Saginaw Mine to the Junior Sports complex. The Bike Path features a gazebo, two nature trails, two tunnels, a Wheeling & Lake Erie original railroad bridge, and countless scouts projects. The National Road Bikeway in St. Clairsville is the only bike trail in Ohio with a rail tunnel.

Clarendon Hotel St Clairsville Ohio
The Clarendon Hotel

The city owns and intends to redevelop the Clarendon Hotel. Built in 1890, it lies along the National Road, a National Scenic Byway.

Murray Energy is based in St. Clairsville.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 431
1820 641 48.7%
1830 789 23.1%
1840 829 5.1%
1850 1,025 23.6%
1860 999 −2.5%
1870 1,056 5.7%
1880 1,128 6.8%
1890 1,191 5.6%
1900 1,210 1.6%
1910 1,393 15.1%
1920 1,561 12.1%
1930 2,440 56.3%
1940 2,797 14.6%
1950 3,040 8.7%
1960 3,865 27.1%
1970 4,754 23.0%
1980 5,452 14.7%
1990 5,162 −5.3%
2000 5,057 −2.0%
2010 5,184 2.5%
2019 (est.) 5,141 −0.8%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,184 people, 2,386 households, and 1,407 families living in the city. The population density was 2,142.1 inhabitants per square mile (827.1/km2). There were 2,531 housing units at an average density of 1,045.9 per square mile (403.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.7% White, 2.8% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 2,386 households, of which 22.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.0% were non-families. 37.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.74.

The median age in the city was 49.7 years. 17.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.2% were from 25 to 44; 30.1% were from 45 to 64; and 25.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 45.9% male and 54.1% female.


Public schools

St. Clairsville is currently home to St. Clairsville High School, Middle School, and Elementary School. The St. Clairsville mascot is a Red Devil. The mascot has been a point of contention due to concern over satanic overtones, but in fact references a nickname for local coal miners. The miners would emerge covered in a red dust due to the red clay present at a local mine in an area dubbed Hell's Kitchen. The school system serves grades Pre-K to 12.

St. Mary's Central School

Located in town is St. Mary's School which includes grades Pre-school through 8th. Their mascot is the Knights. St. Mary's School was a feeder school into the now closed St. John Central High located in Bellaire, Ohio. The school is of the Roman Catholic affiliation.


  • Ohio University Eastern Campus
  • Belmont College


St. Clairsville lays along both Interstate 70 and U.S. Route 40 (the latter of which runs roughly parallel to the former National Road). The town is also served by Ohio State Route 9, and Interstate 470 has its western terminus nearby.

St. Clairsville is home to Alderman Airport, a private airport. The nearest general aviation airport is Wheeling Ohio County Airport, and the nearest major commercial airport is Pittsburgh International Airport.

Notable people

  • Sylvester Antolak - Medal of Honor recipient
  • Thomas Eckert - served as Assistant Secretary of War from 1865-1869 under Edwin M. Stanton during Andrew Johnson's presidency. President, Western Union.
  • John Jacob Lentz - founder of the American Insurance Union and former member of Congress
  • Benjamin Lundy - Quaker anti-slavery leader
  • Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. - United States Federal Judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Jeremy Sowers - starting pitcher for the Cleveland Indians
  • Tim Spencer - Ohio State running back, coach, member of San Diego Chargers
  • Charlie Wilson - former U.S. Representative from Ohio's 6th Congressional District
  • James E. Carnes - Former Ohio State Senator.

See also

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