Minerva, Ohio

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Minerva is a village in Carroll, Columbiana, and Stark counties in the U.S. state of Ohio. The population was 3,934 at the 2000 census.

The Carroll and Stark County portions of Minerva are part of the CantonMassillon Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Columbiana County portion is part of the East LiverpoolSalem Micropolitan Statistical Area.



The village of Minerva began when a surveyor named John Whitacre purchased 123 acres of land from Isaac Craig in 1818 for the construction of a log mill. The town, named for his niece, Minerva Ann Taylor, grew up around the mill. Minerva's first schoolhouse was built in 1846. In its early years the Sandy and Beaver Canal helped drive Minerva's economy, to be replaced in importance by the Pennsylvania Railroad in the 1840s. Minerva manufacturers Willard and Isaac Pennock patented the United States' first steel railroad car in the nineteenth century.[3]


Minerva is located at 40°43′44″N 81°6′7″W / 40.72889°N 81.10194°W / 40.72889; -81.10194 (40.728830, -81.102073)[4], along Sandy Creek.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,934 people, 1,603 households, and 1,082 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,840.3 people per square mile (709.8/km²). There were 1,718 housing units at an average density of 803.7/sq mi (310.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.03% White, 0.05% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.05% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.48% of the population.

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