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Struthers, Ohio
Aerial view of the city
Aerial view of the city
Motto(s): 
"The City with Heart in the Heart of It All"
Location of Struthers, Ohio
Location of Struthers, Ohio
Location of Struthers in Mahoning County
Location of Struthers in Mahoning County
Coordinates: 41°3′8″N 80°35′37″W / 41.05222°N 80.59361°W / 41.05222; -80.59361Coordinates: 41°3′8″N 80°35′37″W / 41.05222°N 80.59361°W / 41.05222; -80.59361
Country United States
State Ohio
County Mahoning
Area
 • Total 3.74 sq mi (9.68 km2)
 • Land 3.64 sq mi (9.43 km2)
 • Water 0.10 sq mi (0.25 km2)
Elevation
1,007 ft (307 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 10,713
 • Estimate 
(2019)
10,111
 • Density 2,776.98/sq mi (1,072.24/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
44471
Area code(s) 234/330
FIPS code 39-75126
GNIS feature ID 1056948
Website http://www.cityofstruthers.com/

Struthers is a city in Mahoning County, Ohio, United States. The population was 10,713 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

John Struthers, from Washington County, Pennsylvania, purchased 400 acres (1.6 km2) of Poland Township land in 1798 and gave it the name Marbletown. John Struthers owned this land until the War of 1812 came around when he and his family suffered financial ruin. This immense amount of land would lay dormant until 1865 when it would be repurchased by Thomas Struthers. Thomas bought this land to honor his father, he was instrumental in bringing industry and railroads to the town. Eventually, the town would have its name changed to Struthers by popular vote.

In 1943, a Jehovah's Witnesses was fined by the city for distributing religious pamphlets door-to-door. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that this was a violation of the First Amendment in Martin v. Struthers.

Influence of steel

The community's early history centers on Yellow Creek where the cradle of steel began with the building of the Hopewell Furnace. This furnace was built in 1803 by Daniel Eaton and is mentioned in the first line of the 1995 Bruce Springsteen song "Youngstown". The Hopewell Furnace thrived for a little over ten years until John Struthers reached his financial crisis in 1812.

In 1869 Struthers again became an iron producing community with the construction of the Anna Furnace by the Struthers Iron Company. In 1880 there was added the sheet mill plant of the Summer's Brothers Co., and in 1888 the plant of the J. A. and D. P. Cooper Gear Company.

With all these activities Struthers still remained a village of less than 1,000 inhabitants, after 100 years had elapsed since John. Struthers built his first cabin and erected the sawmill and grist mill on Yellow Creek. In 1899 Struthers was brought into closer communication with Youngstown and the upper Mahoning Valley by the completion of an interurban electric line.

In 1902 the neighboring village of East Youngstown (now Campbell) was started. This new community was started shortly after the incorporation of The Youngstown Iron Sheet and Tube Company (known as The Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co., since 1905).

With the steel industry booming in the early part of the 1900s, immigrants from throughout Europe flooded into Struthers. A village in 1902 when it was officially incorporated, Struthers quickly became a city in 1920. The steel industry allowed the city to flourish until 1977 when several area plants closed their doors for good. The city padded the loss of thousands of jobs by using its industrial infrastructure to lure non-steel making jobs, but population losses have continued throughout the start of the new century.

Geography

Struthers is located at 41°3′8″N 80°35′37″W / 41.05222°N 80.59361°W / 41.05222; -80.59361 (41.052255, -80.593591).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.74 square miles (9.69 km2), of which 3.64 square miles (9.43 km2) is land and 0.10 square miles (0.26 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 3,370
1920 5,847 73.5%
1930 11,249 92.4%
1940 11,739 4.4%
1950 11,941 1.7%
1960 15,631 30.9%
1970 15,343 −1.8%
1980 13,609 −11.3%
1990 12,284 −9.7%
2000 11,756 −4.3%
2010 10,713 −8.9%
2019 (est.) 10,111 −5.6%
Sources:

28.4% were of Italian, 25.0% German, 20.0% Irish, 13.2% Slovak, 8.5% English, and 7.7% Polish ancestries. In addition, 95.9% Spoke English, 1.5% Italian, 1.1% Spanish, and 1.0% Slovak.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 10,713 people, 4,382 households, and 2,886 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,943.1 inhabitants per square mile (1,136.3/km2). There were 4,886 housing units at an average density of 1,342.3 per square mile (518.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.3% White, 2.9% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.1% of the population.

There were 4,382 households, of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 17.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.1% were non-families. 28.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.97.

The median age in the city was 41.4 years. 22.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.5% were from 25 to 44; 27.6% were from 45 to 64; and 18% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.

Notable people

  • Steve Belichick, former football coach at the US Naval Academy; late father of NFL coach Bill Belichick
  • John Gerak, former Penn State/NFL offensive lineman
  • Andy Kosco, former Major League Baseball player
  • Mildred Joanne Smith, actress (No Way Out) and educator, raised in Struthers
  • Robert L. Zorn, Ph.D, holds the state record for Ohio for serving the longest as a school superintendent in a single public school district (Poland, 37 years) raised in Struthers.
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