When SCDN posted the latest Ohio School District Report Cards, it showed that Portsmouth City Schools are falling short and Wheelersburg School are beating expectations. The comment section on that article soon filled up with people saying it’s no wonder because Wheelersburg is full of rich people. And while in our area, Wheelersburg has a bit of a reputation as being the place rich people live, is that really true? Let’s take a look at the census numbers about our local incomes.
The median household income for Wheelersburg is $57,821 a year. The median income is the household income that most people in town earn.
Folks likely to have schoolkids – those aged between 25 and 44 – have a median income of $45,536.
Now how does that stack up with the rest of the state? Wheelersburg has a slightly lower median income than the rest of Ohio. Ohio’s median household income is $58,116 as of 2020. It’s also lower than the national median household income of $67, 521.
So, Wheelersburg is solidly middle class as opposed to being the Beverly Hills of Southern Ohio. Where it does stand out is in comparison to the median income in Portsmouth.
Portsmouth’s median household income is $31,117. Almost half the state average and $35,000 less than the national average.
Where does the rest of the county stand?
- Lucasville’s median household income is $46,155 a year.
- New Boston’s median household income is just $22,332. Despite that, New Boston Schools did manage to outscore Portsmouth on the state report cards.
- South Webster has a median household income of $40,714.
- Otway’s median household income is $29, 643.
- Franklin Furnace’s median household income is $50,299.
- Rarden comes in at $40,625.
- Rosemount shows a median income of $49,702.
- Sciotodale’s median income is $40,417.
The wealthiest spot in Scioto County is Minford with a median household income of $65,539 a year. That’s more than the Ohio average but slightly less than the national average.