McGuffey, Ohio

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McGuffey is a village in Hardin County, Ohio, United States. The population was 522 at the 2000 census.



The village of McGuffey, home of the first chartered agricultural workers' union and one of the largest agricultural workers' strikes in national history, was honored with a historical marker in August 1999 by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission. At the turn of the 20th century, the Scioto Marsh just outside of McGuffey had become a center of onion trade in the United States. In support of the onion workers, the American Federation of Labor (AFL) helped create the first chartered agricultural workers' union. Intolerable working conditions and low wages caused hundreds of workers to leave the fields in July 1934 and pour into McGuffey, leading to one of the most tumultuous strikes in Ohio history.


McGuffey is located at 40°41′36″N 83°47′9″W / 40.69333°N 83.78583°W / 40.69333; -83.78583 (40.693352, -83.785881)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 522 people, 207 households, and 138 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,426.6 people per square mile (544.7/km²). There were 235 housing units at an average density of 642.3/sq mi (245.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.70% White, 1.34% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.77% of the population.

There were 207 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the village the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.8 males.

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