Ashtabula County, Ohio
|Ashtabula County, Ohio|
Location in the state of Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
|Founded||May 1, 1811|
|Named for||"river of many fish" in Iroquoian|
|• Total||1,368 sq mi (3,543 km2)|
|• Land||702 sq mi (1,818 km2)|
|• Water||666 sq mi (1,725 km2), 49%|
|• Density||145/sq mi (56/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Ashtabula County is the northeasternmost county in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 101,497. The county seat is Jefferson. The county was created in 1808 and later organized in 1811. It is named for a Native American word[clarification needed] meaning "river of many fish".
The county is probably best known for having seventeen covered bridges within the county limits. Grapes are a popular crop and there are several wineries in the region owing to the favorable microclimate created by the nearby lake. During the winter, Ashtabula County and neighboring Geauga and Lake Counties receives frequent lake effect snow and is part of the Southeastern Lake Erie Snowbelt.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,368 square miles (3,540 km2), of which 702 square miles (1,820 km2) is land and 666 square miles (1,720 km2) (49%) is water. It is the largest county in Ohio by area.
- Erie County, Pennsylvania (northeast)
- Crawford County, Pennsylvania (east)
- Trumbull County (south)
- Geauga County (southwest)
- Lake County (west)
- Interstate 90 is the main interstate route through Ashtabula County, spanning from the Ohio Turnpike between the Ohio-Indiana State Line and Elyria Township to the Ohio-Pennsylvania State Line. It contains five interchanges in the county at OH 534 (Exit 218), OH 45 (Exit 223), OH 11 and OH 46 (Exit 228), OH 84 and OH 193 (Exit 235), and OH 7 (Exit 241).
- Ohio State Route 7 runs along the eastern part of the county as well as the state.
- Ohio State Route 11 is a south-to-north state freeway in the county known as Lake to River Highway.
- Ohio State Route 167 is a west-to-east state route in the northeastern part of the county running from Jefferson to the Pennsylvania State Line.
- U.S. Route 6 Grand Army of the Republic Highway honoring American Civil War Veterans
- U.S. Route 20 runs primarily along the coast of Lake Erie. It was the main west-to-east route in northern Ashtabula County, until I-90 was built.
- U.S. Route 322 is the southernmost US route in the county that runs straight west to east until it approaches the Pymatuning Reservoir area and curves southeast before crossing the Ohio-Pennsylvania State Line.
In 2010, 24.0% were of German, 14.2% Irish, 14.1% English, 10.7% Italian, 7.4% Polish, 3.3% Finnish, 3.2% Slovak, 1.8% French, 1.7% Scotch-Irish, 1.5% Dutch, 1.3% Swedish, and 1.1% Swiss ancestries according to the 2010 Census.
As of the census of 2000, there were 102,728 people, 39,397 households, and 27,774 families residing in the county. The population density was 146 people per square mile (56/km²). There were 43,792 housing units at an average density of 62 per square mile (24/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.07% White, 3.16% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.85% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. 2.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 19.3% were of German, 11.6% Italian, 10.6% English, 10.5% Irish and 10.3% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 95.2% spoke English, 2.4% Spanish, and 0.8% German as their first language.
There were 39,397 households out of which 32.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.80% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.50% were non-families. 24.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the county the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 14.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.10 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $35,607, and the median income for a family was $42,449. Males had a median income of $33,105 versus $22,624 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,814. About 9.20% of families and 12.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.10% of those under age 18 and 8.60% of those age 65 or over.
Ashtabula County and neighboring Geauga, Lake and Trumbull Counties fostered a very large Finnish American community around the turn of the twentieth century, and as a result, the area is home to many Finnish Americans, and an annual FinnFest USA celebration is held in Ashtabula.
- Jefferson (county seat)
- North Kingsville
- Roaming Shores
- Rock Creek
- Chester H. Aldrich (1862–1924), Governor of Nebraska 1911-1913.
- Brian Anderson, Cleveland Indians Pitcher, originally from Geneva.
- Charles Case (1817–1883), born in Austinburg, United States Congressman from Indiana.
- Tammy Cochran, country music singer from Austinburg. Biggest hit was Angels In Waiting.
- Edwin Cowles, (1825–1890), born in Austinburg, publisher of The Cleveland Leader, Vice-President of the 1884 Republican National Convention
- Joshua Reed Giddings (1795–1864), member of the U.S. House of Representatives and prominent opponent of slavery.
- Francis Joseph Hall, was an American Protestant Episcopal theologian and author.
- Ken Meyer, was head coach of the National Football League's San Francisco 49ers in 1977.
- Urban Meyer, formerly the head football coach at the University of Florida, and current head football coach at The Ohio State University.
- James Montgomery, (1814–1871), born in Ashtabula County, colonel in the American Civil War, raided several towns in Missouri and the American South.
- Ransom Eli Olds, was a pioneer of the American automobile industry, for whom both the Oldsmobile and Reo brands were named.
- Louis C. Shepard, American Civil War Medal of Honor recipient from Ashtabula County, buried in Lakeview cemetery, Port Clinton, Ottawa County, Ohio.
- Decius Wade, was an American attorney, judge, writer, and politician who has been called the "Father of Montana Jurisprudence" for his role in establishing the common law and statutory law of the U.S. state of Montana.
- Danielle Nicolet, American television, film, and voice actress born in Ashtabula, Ohio.
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||Lake Erie||Erie County, Pennsylvania|
|Lake County||Crawford County, Pennsylvania|
|Geauga County||Trumbull County|