city, Mercer county, western Pennsylvania, U.S. It lies along the Shenango River at the Ohio border, 14 miles (23 km) northeast of Youngstown, Ohio. Sharon is part of an industrial area that includes Sharpsville, Farrell, and Wheatland. The original settlement developed about 1802 around a gristmill. It was laid out in 1815 and was probably named for the biblical plain. The Sharon Furnace, which was built following the completion of the Lake Erie extension of the Pennsylvania Canal in 1844, became the nucleus of an important steel industry in the city. The manufacture of electric transformers and steel-based products is now the city's main economic activity. The Shenango campus of Pennsylvania State University (Penn State Shenango) opened (1965) in Sharon. Buhl Farm Park and the Shenango Dam and Reservoir are nearby. Inc. borough, 1841; city, 1918. Pop. (1990) 17,493; Sharon MSA, 121,003; (2000) city, 16,328; Sharon MSA, 120,293.
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