Hancock County, Ohio

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Hancock County, Ohio
Hancock County Ohio Courthouse.jpg
The Hancock County Courthouse in downtown Findlay
Flag of Hancock County, Ohio
Flag
Seal of Hancock County, Ohio
Seal
Map of Ohio highlighting Hancock County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the United States highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded March 1, 1828
Named for John Hancock
Seat Findlay
Largest city Findlay
Area
 • Total 534 sq mi (1,383 km2)
 • Land 531 sq mi (1,375 km2)
 • Water 2.3 sq mi (6 km2), 0.4%
Population
 • (2010) 74,782
 • Density 141/sq mi (54/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.co.hancock.oh.us

Hancock County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 74,782.[1] Its county seat is Findlay.[2] The county was created in 1820 and later organized in 1828.[3] It was named for John Hancock, the first signer of the Declaration of Independence.[4]

Hancock County comprises the Findlay, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Hancock County was established on January 21, 1828, by the Ohio General Assembly from the southern portions of Wood County. Originally containing only Findlay Township, the county would add Amanda and Welfare (now Delaware) townships later in April of that year. Additional townships were laid out as follows: Jackson in 1829; Liberty and Marion in December 1830; Big Lick, Blanchard and Van Buren in 1831; Washington, Union, and Eagle in 1832; Cass and Portage in 1833; Pleasant in 1835; Orange in 1836; Madison in 1840, and finally Allen in 1850. Originally nearly 24 miles square, Hancock County would lose some of its southeast portion in 1845 to the new Wyandot County.[5]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 534 square miles (1,380 km2), of which 531 square miles (1,380 km2) is land and 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) (0.4%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 813
1840 9,986 1,128.3%
1850 16,751 67.7%
1860 22,886 36.6%
1870 23,847 4.2%
1880 27,784 16.5%
1890 42,563 53.2%
1900 41,993 −1.3%
1910 37,860 −9.8%
1920 38,394 1.4%
1930 40,404 5.2%
1940 40,793 1.0%
1950 44,280 8.5%
1960 53,686 21.2%
1970 61,217 14.0%
1980 64,581 5.5%
1990 65,536 1.5%
2000 71,295 8.8%
2010 74,782 4.9%
Est. 2013 75,773 1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 71,295 people, 27,898 households, and 19,138 families residing in the county. The population density was 134 people per square mile (52/km²). There were 29,785 housing units at an average density of 56 per square mile (22/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.14% White, 1.11% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 1.22% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.22% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. 3.07% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 27,898 households out of which 32.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.40% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.40% were non-families. 26.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 13.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $43,856, and the median income for a family was $51,490. Males had a median income of $37,139 versus $24,374 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,991. About 5.20% of families and 7.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.80% of those under age 18 and 6.10% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

Seal of the Auditor of Hancock County

Communities[edit]

Map of Hancock County, Ohio with Municipal and Township Labels

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Townships[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

  • Butlers Mill
  • Chase
  • Deweyville
  • Hancock
  • Houcktown
  • Mortimer
  • New Stark
  • Pratts
  • Shawtown
  • West Independence
  • West Park
  • Williamstown

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Ohio: Individual County Chronologies". Ohio Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2007. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 148. 
  5. ^ Brown 1886: Brown, R.C. (1886). History of Hancock County, Ohio 3. Chicago: Warner. Beers & Co. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  9. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°00′N 83°40′W / 41.00°N 83.67°W / 41.00; -83.67