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Proctorville is a village in Lawrence County, Ohio, United States, along the Ohio River. The population was 620 at the 2000 census. The East End Bridge connects Proctorville to Huntington, West Virginia across the Ohio River.

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The land where Proctorville is now situated was originally settled in 1797 and called Quaker Bottom. Situated on the Ohio River, Quaker Bottom grew throughout the 1800s as a trading center. In 1834, Jacob Proctor established a general store next to the wharf, and river boat captains knew the town as "Proctor's Landing".  When the town was incorporated in 1878, the name was changed to Proctorville in Jacob's honor.

The Rome Beauty apple was developed by Joel Gillette and his son Alanson in Rome Township, near Proctorville, in 1816.

The town was decimated by a fire on April 7, 1900, and most of the destroyed businesses were never rebuilt. Major flooding in 1913 and 1937 further damaged the town.

Proctorville is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 288,650.

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The town and surrounding area has experienced growth since the completion of the East End (Frank "Gunner" Gatski Memorial) Bridge connecting Proctorville to Huntington, West Virginia in 1985.


Proctorville is located at 38°26'17"N 82°22'55"W (38.437980, -82.381853).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.7 km˛), of which, 0.2 square miles (0.6 km˛) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km˛) of it (11.11%) is water.

Along the river, it lies below Athalia and above Chesapeake.


As of the census of 2000, there were 620 people, 277 households, and 168 families residing in the village.. The population density was 2,577.5 people per square mile (997.4/km˛). There were 318 housing units at an average density of 1,322.0/sq mi (511.6/km˛). The racial makeup of the village was 98.06% White, 0.97% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.16% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.32% of the population.

There were 277 households out of which 24.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.2% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.0% were non-families. 34.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the village the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 87.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.2 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $22,266, and the median income for a family was $23,984. Males had a median income of $25,625 versus $18,438 for females. The per capita income for the village was $13,027. About 16.8% of families and 18.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.0% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.


The town elects a mayor, a fiscal officer and six council members:

Richard Dunfee Mayor
Darrell L. Legg Fiscal Officer
Dale Burcham Council President
Raymond Shephard Council
Brenda Chapman Council
Lee Whitley Council
Brian Root Council
Gary Whitley Council
Mark Root Village Administrator
Gary Waldron Assistant Administrator
Jannette Wutzler Administrative Assistant
Thorton Thomas Fire Chief
Andy Ballard Solicitor
Derek Fisher Court Judge
William Murphy Chief of Police
Michael Vaden Lieutenant
Randy Thompson Sergeant
Mike Ferguson Patrolman
Steven Woodyard Patrolman


In 1949, Proctorville High School merged with that of Rome Township to form the Fairland Local School District. The name "Fairland" was chosen because the school stands next to the site of the Lawrence County Fairgrounds.

The district consists of two grade schools, Fairland East (K-2) and Fairland West (3-5), plus Fairland Middle School (6-8) and Fairland High School (9-12). Fairland school district has received an excellent rating on the Ohio schools report card for 2009-10. Fairland was the only public school district in Lawrence County to receive an excellent rating.

The Ohio University Southern Campus opened a new 17,000 sq ft (1,600 m2). branch near Proctorville in 2006.


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