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Encyclopedia > Sharon, Pennsylvania
Sharon
Motto: The Friendly City
Coordinates: 41°15′32″N 80°28′54″W / 41.259005, -80.481791
Government
 - Mayor Robert J. Lucas
Area [1]
 - Total 3.8 sq mi (9.8 km²)
Elevation [1] 1,000 ft (305 m)
Population (2000)[2]
 - Total 16,328
ZIP code 16146
Area code(s) 724
Website: http://www.cityofsharon.net

Sharon is a city in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, in the United States, 75 miles (121 km) northwest of Pittsburgh. Sharon is located at 41°13′48″N, 80°29′56″W (41.230106, -80.498960)GR1. For other uses, see Motto (disambiguation). ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... Mercer County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Largest metro area Delaware Valley Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... Pittsburgh redirects here. ...


Sharon was settled in 1795, incorporated as a borough on October 6, 1841, and incorporated as a city on December 17, 1918. The city operates under the PA third-class city charter, with a mayor-council form of government. 1795 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Look up Borough in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1841 is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ...

Contents

Brief History

The founding families of Sharon first settled on the flat plain bordering the Shenango River (this area is situated between two hills and is the current location of Sharon's downtown and the North and South flats business districts). According to local legend, the community probably received its name from a Bible-reading settler who likened the location to the Plain of Sharon in Israel. The Plain of Sharon is a region in the central plains of Israel. ...


Due to its large coal deposits, Sharon was once an industrial center, with rolling mills, boiler and machine shops, furnaces, flour mills, ordnance works, and manufactories of explosives, nails, horse collars, spokes, chains, stoves, and lumber products. Today, there is still some steel and metalworking as well as other manufacturing, but the city has experienced levels of deindustrialization; despite the reclamation of several industrial sites and investments from manufacturing businesses, most of the city's job growth today is in the service sector.

Postcard of Sharon
Postcard of Sharon

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Census Figures

In 1900, the population was 8,916 persons; in 1910, 15,270 persons; in 1920, 21,747 persons; and 25,622 people lived in Sharon in 1940. The population was 16,328 at the 2000 census.Sharon, along with Mercer County, is counted by the US Census Bureau as part of the Youngstown-Warren, OH Metropolitan Area. Äž: For the film, see: 1900 (film). ... Year 1910 (MCMX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday [1] of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 16,328 people, 6,792 households, and 4,190 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,676.7/km² (4,342.6/mi²). There were 7,388 housing units at an average density of 758.6/km² (1,964.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.44% White, 10.85% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 2.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.88% of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 6,791 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.7% were married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.3% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.97. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the city the population was distributed with 24.4% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 88.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.7 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $26,945, and the median income for a family was $34,581. Males had a median income of $30,072 versus $20,988 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,913. About 14.0% of families and 17.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.8% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Geography

Located in southwest Mercer County, the city borders the city of Hermitage to the north and east, the city of Farrell to the south, and on the west the census-designated places of Masury and West Hill, Ohio. Hermitage is a city located in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Place (United States Census Bureau). ... Masury is a census-designated place located in Trumbull County, Ohio. ... West Hill is a census-designated place located in Trumbull County, Ohio. ...


It is a common misconception that the northern edge of Sharon borders the borough of Sharpsville; however, a thin strip of Hermitage prevents this. Sharpsville is a borough located in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.7 km² (3.8 mi²), all land. However, the Shenango River runs through the city and provides drinking water to Sharon and several surrounding communities. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... The Shenango River, flowing from the dam of Shenango River Lake in Mercer County, Pennsylvania The Shenango River is a principal tributary of the Beaver River, about 100 mi (160 km) long,[1] in western Pennsylvania in the United States. ...


Education

The Sharon City School District is comprised of three K-6 elementary schools (Case Avenue, C.M. Musser, and West Hill) and the 7-12 Sharon Middle/High School. The city is also home to St. Joseph's Parish School, a K-8 school affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, and Shenango Valley Faith Academy, a nondenominational Christian school with heavy emphasis on individualized education. St Patricks is the oldest Catholic parish in Erie, Pennsylvania The Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie (Latin: Dioecesis Eriensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese in western Pennsylvania. ...


Postsecondary education and training opportunities can be pursued at Sharon's Penn State Shenango campus (the only urban campus in the Penn State system), Business Institute of Pennsylvania, and the Schools of Nursing and Radiography at Sharon Regional Health System. Additionally, a branch campus of Precision Manufacturing Institute is being constructed in the city and will begin offering classes in 2008. Penn State Shenango is a Commonwealth Campus of the Pennsylvania State University. ...


Local Businesses and Features

The following are just a handful of the businesses that are currently based in Sharon:

[4] Sharon Regional Health System is a nonprofit health care service provider based in Sharon, Pennsylvania. ...

  • Giglio Produce (produce company)
  • Quaker Steak and Lube (restaurateur) [5]
  • American Industries Inc. (railcar parts manufacturer) [6]
  • Virostick Transfer Co. (relocation)
  • Winner International (anti-theft devices) [7]
  • Winner Steel LLC (galvanization) [8] (Name change to Sharon Coatings LLC pending)
  • WinTronics, Inc. (technology) [9]
  • Montgomery Mouse Trap Company (pest control products) [10]
  • Winner Global Defense (national security) [11]
  • Primary Health Network (health care provider) [12]
  • Keystone Blind Association (visual impairment services) [13]
  • Amrod Bridge & Iron Inc. (steel fabrication) [14]
  • Bank Equipment Consulting Inc. (banking industry services) [15]

The following businesses are not based in Sharon but operate facilities there: Quaker Steak and Lube is a small, growing casual dining restaurant chain based in Sharon, Pennsylvania. ...

  • John Maneely Co. (pipe and tube products) [16]
  • Fessler Machine Co. (machine parts) [17]
  • Sunbelt Transformer Co. [18]
  • Redi-Bag USA (polyethylene products) [19]
  • Crosstex International (medical equipment) [20]
  • Pennsylvania State University (education) [21]
  • Aqua America (water supplier) [22]
  • Fidelity Empower (technology) [23]
  • G&K Services (apparel services) [24]
  • OmniSource Inc. (scrap recycling) [25]
  • J.C. Ehrlich Co. Inc. (pest control) [26]

Local Personalities

Notable native Sharonites include:

John Dann MacDonald (July 24, 1916 – December 28, 1986), writing as John D. MacDonald, was an American writer best known for his series of detective novels featuring protagonist Travis McGee. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Other nicknames The Horseshoes Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970... Marlin Tyrell Jackson (born June 30, 1983 in Sharon, Pennsylvania) is an American football cornerback for the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL. He was selected with the 29th overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft out of the University of Michigan, where he was a two time all-American for... The Lettermen are a pop music vocal group. ... Great White is an American blues-based rock and heavy metal band. ... Ty Longley (September 4, 1971 – February 20, 2003) was an American guitarist and vocalist. ... The Brian Setzer Orchestra is a swing band formed in 1990 by Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer. ... Jimmy Kimmel Live! is an Emmy-nominated American late-night talk show, created and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. ... Carmen Argenziano (born 27 October 1943 in Sharon, Pennsylvania) is an American character actor best known for his recurring role as Jacob Carter in the television series Stargate SG-1. ...

Broadcast Media

Because of Sharon's location on the Pennsylvania/Ohio border, it is served by NBC affiliate WFMJ, CBS affiliate WKBN-TV, FOX affiliate WYFX-LP, and ABC affiliate WYTV, all broadcast from nearby Youngstown. This article is about the television network. ... WFMJ Channel 21, is the NBC affiliate in Youngstown, Ohio. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... WKBN Channel 27, is the CBS affiliate in Youngstown, Ohio. ... This article is about the animal. ... Primary Channel: 62 Secondary Channel: 17 (WFXI-CA) Affiliate: Fox Owner: Piedmont Television Name it Goes By: Fox 17/62 Web Site: http://www. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... WYTV Channel 33, is the ABC affiliate in Youngstown, Ohio. ... Location within the state of Ohio Coordinates: , Country State Counties Mahoning, Trumbull Founded 1796 Incorporated 1848 (village) - 1867 (city) Government  - Mayor Jay Williams (I) Area  - City  34. ...


Elected Officials

These are the current elected officials in the city. All are Democrats, the party with which about 70% of the city's voter populace is registered.


MAYOR

  • Robert J. Lucas (term expires 2010)
Bob Lucas


CITY COUNCIL Image File history File linksMetadata Bob_lucas_sharon_mayor. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Bob_lucas_sharon_mayor. ...

  • Fred J. Hoffman, President (term expires 2008)
  • Darin D. Flower, Vice President (term expires 2010)
  • Victor S. Heutsche (term expires 2010)
  • Jennifer Kotyk Barborak (term expires 2008)
  • Francis P. Connelly (term expires 2008)

Trivia and Odd Facts

The 1988 movie Tiger Warsaw, starring Patrick Swayze, was filmed in Sharon. The film, directed by Pakistani filmmaker Amin Chaudhri (who started a studio in the Sharon area), made extensive usage of the town's post-industrial backdrop. Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Patrick Wayne Swayze (born August 18, 1952) is an American dancer, actor, singer and songwriter. ...


Although located in Pennsylvania, Sharon is the site of the Brookfield Elementary School, a public elementary school serving residents of the adjacent Brookfield (Ohio) Local School District. This anomaly occurred when the Ohio school district purchased the closed Sacred Heart School, located on Sharon's West Hill. Because the school site borders Ohio, there was consideration of actually changing the Pennsylvania-Ohio state line to move the school into Ohio (or vice-versa), but the legal difficulties of the Ohio district operating a school in Pennsylvania were resolved without re-drawing the state line.


External links

Coordinates: 41.230106° N 80.49896° W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

  • Official Website of the City of Sharon (under construction)
  • The (Sharon, PA) Herald

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Sharon, Pennsylvania - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (780 words)
Sharon is a city located in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, 75 miles (121 km) northwest of Pittsburgh.
Sharon was settled in 1795, incorporated as a borough on October 6, 1841, and became a city on December 17, 1918.
Sharon is also the home of Sharon Regional Health System, a massive full-service community hospital uncommonly found in communities of its size; the Vocal Group Hall of Fame; and the Shenango Campus of Pennsylvania State University, which is the only urban campus in the Penn State system.
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