Erie County, Ohio
|Erie County, Ohio|
Location in the state of Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
|Founded||March 16, 1838|
|Named for||the Erie (tribe)|
625.99 sq mi (1,621 km²)
251.56 sq mi (652 km²)
374.43 sq mi (970 km²), 59.81%
306.4/sq mi (118/km²)
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Erie County is a county located in the state of Ohio, United States. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 77,079, which is a decrease of 3.1% from 79,551 in 2000. Its county seat is Sandusky and is named for the Erie (tribe), whose name was their word for "wildcat". It is home to the amusement park Cedar Point. It was formed in 1838 from the northern third of Huron County, and a portion of Sandusky County. All of Erie County is designated as the Sandusky Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of the larger Cleveland-Akron-Canton Combined Statistical Area.
Prior to 2013, Erie County was designated a Metropolitan Statistical Area with Sandusky as its principal city.
According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 625.99 square miles (1,621.3 km2), of which 251.56 square miles (651.5 km2) (or 40.19%) is land and 374.43 square miles (969.8 km2) (or 59.81%) is water.
Adjacent counties 
- Across Lake Erie lies Essex County and Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada (north)
- Lorain County (east)
- Huron County (south)
- Sandusky County (west)
- Ottawa County (northwest, connected by the Thomas A. Edison Memorial Bridge)
Major highways 
As of the census of 2000, there were 79,551 people, 31,727 households, and 21,764 families residing in the county. The population density was 312 people per square mile (121/km²). There were 35,909 housing units at an average density of 141 per square mile (54/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.64% White, 8.64% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 1.60% from two or more races. 2.09% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 35.7% were of German, 9.2% Irish, 8.2% English, 8.1% Italian and 7.8% American ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 31,727 households out of which 30.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.70% were married couples living together, 11.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.40% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.70% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 27.00% from 25 to 44, 25.50% from 45 to 64, and 15.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $42,746, and the median income for a family was $51,756. Males had a median income of $39,249 versus $23,697 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,530. About 6.00% of families and 8.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.60% of those under age 18 and 6.80% of those age 65 or over.
In 2008, the Census Bureau announced that the county's population had declined to an estimated 77,323 by July 1, 2007.
Census-designated places 
Other communities 
Places of interest 
School districts 
All or part of eleven school districts serve Erie County and its residents:
- Bellevue City School District: includes parts of Bellevue and Groton Township.
- Berlin-Milan Local School District: includes parts of Berlin Heights and Milan, and Berlin, Florence, Huron, Milan, Oxford, Perkins, and Vermilion Townships.
- Firelands Local School District: includes parts of Florence Township.
- Huron City School District: includes parts of Huron and Berlin, Huron, and Milan Townships.
- Kelleys Island Local School District: includes all of Kelleys Island.
- Margaretta Local School District: includes parts of Bay View and Castalia, and Groton and Margaretta Townships.
- Monroeville Local School District: includes parts of Oxford Township.
- Perkins Local School District: includes parts of Groton, Huron, Margaretta, Milan, Oxford, and Perkins Townships.
- Sandusky Central Catholic Schools: includes Sandusky's three Parishes (St. Mary, Ss. Peter & Paul, and Holy Angels).
- St. Peter's School: a private catholic elementary school in Huron
- Sandusky City School District: includes all of Sandusky.
- Vermilion Local School District: includes parts of Vermilion and Florence and Vermilion Townships.
- Western Reserve Local School District: including parts of Florence Township.
See also 
- "Ohio County Profiles: Erie County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
- "Erie County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Erie County data". Ohio State University Extension Data Center. Retrieved 2007-04-28.[dead link]
- "Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Components, 2003" (TXT). Metropolitan statistical areas defined by Office of Management and Budget, June 6, 2003. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2003-07-10. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
- "Census 2010 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2007 (CBSA-EST2007-01)" (CSV). 2007 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2008-03-27. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
Further reading 
- William W. Williams, History of the Fire Lands, Comprising Huron and Erie Counties, Ohio: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of the Prominent Men and Pioneers. Cleveland, OH: Press of Leader Printing Company, 1879.
||Ottawa County||Lake Erie|
|Sandusky County||Lorain County|