Chauncey, Ohio

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Chauncey is a village in Athens County, Ohio, United States. The population was 1,067 at the 2000 census. The local residents pronounce the village name /ˈtʃænsi/ (the same as the local pronunciation of "chancy").[3] The village is located near The Plains.



Local legend explains the unusual pronunciation of the village's name in several possible ways:


Chauncey is located at 39°24′0″N 82°7′43″W / 39.4°N 82.12861°W / 39.4; -82.12861 (39.400100, -82.128569)[4], along Sunday Creek just above its confluence with the Hocking River. Much of the village is in low-lying flood plain and even floodway, and so is prone to flooding.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.7 km²), all of it land.


Chauncey was established on land once owned by Resolved Fuller. Fuller created a salt well and salt production works on his farm in the early 1830s, but then sold the concern in 1833 to a partnership who then reconveyed the expanded business in 1837-38 to another partnership, Ewing and Vinton. These men brought in Philadelphia capitalists Nicholas Biddle and Elihu Chauncey. In 1839, they laid out the village of Chauncey on the 400-acre (1.6 km2) farm, based on salt production as an industry. The original village comprised the part of the modern village that is today west of the railroad line, and the salt works were west of this area, towards Coal Run Road. Around 1905, coal mines opened in the area, and coal mining was then a thriving concern for the next half-century. Today, Chauncey is generally a bedroom community with no industry.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,067 people, 431 households, and 286 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,592.1 people per square mile (614.9/km²). There were 483 housing units at an average density of 720.7/sq mi (278.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 93.72% White, 1.59% African American, 0.09% Native American, 2.62% Asian, and 1.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.94% of the population.

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