Hocking County, Ohio

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Hocking County, Ohio
Hocking County Courthouse.jpg
Hocking County Courthouse
Seal of Hocking County, Ohio
Seal
Map of Ohio highlighting Hocking County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the United States highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded March 1, 1818[1]
Named for Hocking River, perhaps from the Lenape language for "bottle river"
Seat Logan
Largest city Logan
Area
 • Total 423.63 sq mi (1,097 km2)
 • Land 421.32 sq mi (1,091 km2)
 • Water 2.30 sq mi (6 km2), 0.54%
Population
 • (2010) 29,380
 • Density 69.7/sq mi (27/km²)
Congressional district 15th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.co.hocking.oh.us

Hocking County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 29,380, which is an increase of 4.0% from 28,241 in 2000.[2] Its county seat is Logan.[3] Its name is from the Hocking River, the origins of which are disputed but is said to be a Delaware Indian word meaning "bottle river".[4]

Hocking County is included in the Columbus, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Hocking County was organized on March 1, 1818, from land given by Athens, Fairfield, and Ross counties.[5]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 423.63 square miles (1,097.2 km2), of which 421.32 square miles (1,091.2 km2) (or 99.45%) is land and 2.30 square miles (6.0 km2) (or 0.54%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Waterways[edit]

The major waterway of Hocking County is the Hocking River, which flows roughly from WNW to ESE, arising in Fairfield County and flowing from Hocking County into Athens County. This river drains about half the county. To the southwest, much of the rest of the county is drained by Salt Creek, which flows from there into Vinton County. A small part of the southeastern county is drained by Raccoon Creek, which also flows into Vinton County. The easternmost area of the county is within the Monday Creek watershed. A small area in the north of the county is drained by Rush Creek.[7]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 2,130
1830 4,008 88.2%
1840 9,741 143.0%
1850 14,119 44.9%
1860 17,057 20.8%
1870 17,925 5.1%
1880 21,126 17.9%
1890 22,658 7.3%
1900 24,398 7.7%
1910 23,650 −3.1%
1920 23,291 −1.5%
1930 20,407 −12.4%
1940 21,504 5.4%
1950 19,520 −9.2%
1960 20,168 3.3%
1970 20,322 0.8%
1980 24,304 19.6%
1990 25,533 5.1%
2000 28,241 10.6%
2010 29,380 4.0%
Est. 2012 29,273 −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
2012 Estimate[2]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 28,241 people, 10,843 households, and 7,828 families residing in the county. The population density was 67 people per square mile (26/km²). There were 12,141 housing units at an average density of 29 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.54% White, 0.92% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. 0.44% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 10,843 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.30% were married couples living together, 9.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 23.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.50% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 28.30% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 99.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,261, and the median income for a family was $40,888. Males had a median income of $31,951 versus $24,123 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,095. About 10.30% of families and 13.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.80% of those under age 18 and 14.50% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

The county commissioners are Sandra Ogle, John Walker, and Clark Sheets,[10] and the Hocking County Sheriff is Lanny North.[11]

Communities[edit]

Map of Hocking County with municipal and township boundaries

City[edit]

Villages[edit]

Townships[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ohio County Profiles: Hocking County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Hocking County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Hocking County data". Ohio State University Extension Data Center. Retrieved 2007-04-28. [dead link]
  5. ^ History of Hocking Valley, Ohio. Inter-State Publishing Co. 1883. p. 831. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "State of Ohio GIS Databases". Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  10. ^ Hocking County Commissioners, Hocking County. Accessed 2009-02-28.
  11. ^ Proud to Serve the Citizens of Hocking County, Hocking County Sheriff's Office. Accessed 2009-02-28.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°30′N 82°29′W / 39.50°N 82.48°W / 39.50; -82.48