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New Straitsville, Ohio

New Straitsville is a village in Perry County, Ohio, United States. The population was 774 at the 2000 census.


New Straitsville is located at (39.581324, -82.235604).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²), all of it land. It is in the watershed of Monday Creek.


As of the census of 2000, there were 774 people, 312 households, and 210 families residing in the village. The population density was 589.4 people per square mile (228.1/km²). There were 357 housing units at an average density of 271.9/sq mi (105.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.67% White, 0.13% African American, 1.03% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.33% of the population.

There were 312 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the village the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $27,557, and the median income for a family was $31,827. Males had a median income of $30,227 versus $19,750 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,333. About 13.8% of families and 16.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.7% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.

Notable natives and residents


New Straitsville was originally founded in 1870 as a coal mining town by the New Straitsville Mining Company. The town grew quickly and by 1880 the population was over 4000 people. The coal mining activity ended in 1884, when a labor dispute at the mine ended with a group of miners sending a burning coal car into the mine, igniting the coal. At one time the heat from the fire was so great that residents could draw hot water directly from wells to brew coffee. The fire in the New Straitsville mine burns to this day, making it the longest-duration human-caused conflagration in the world.


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