Lawrence County, Ohio
|Lawrence County, Ohio|
Location in the state of Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
|Founded||December 21, 1815|
|Named for||James Lawrence|
|• Total||457.28 sq mi (1,184 km2)|
|• Land||453.37 sq mi (1,174 km2)|
|• Water||3.90 sq mi (10 km2), 0.85%|
|• Density||137.7/sq mi (53/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Lawrence County is a county located in the state of Ohio. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 62,450, which is an increase of 0.2% from 62,319 in 2000. Its county seat is Ironton and is named for James Lawrence, the naval officer famous for the line "do not give up the ship".
Lawrence County is part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). As of the 2010 census, the MSA had a population of 287,702. New definitions from February 28, 2013 placed the population at 363,000.
The earliest settlers, Luke Kelly, his family and May Keyser, settled at Hanging Rock, along the Ohio River 1n 1796. Lawrence County was formed on December 20, 1816 from parts of Gallia and Scioto Counties, with the county seat being at Burlington. In 1851 the county seat was moved from Burlington to Ironton. A new court House was built at that time but it burned in 1857. The present Lawrence County Courthouse was built in 1908.
Citizens from Lawrence County served in the Mexican-American War with at least one having died during that conflict. About 3200 of Lawrence County's men were soldiers in the Union Army by 1862 in the American Civil War. World War I saw 2200 of Lawrence County's men serving the U.S.A. of which 99 died.
When first settled, Lawrence County was rich in natural resources such as iron, timber, coal, natural gas, oil, and salt. By the beginning of the twentieth century, many of these had been depleted.
According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 457.28 square miles (1,184.3 km2), of which 453.37 square miles (1,174.2 km2) (or 99.14%) is land and 3.90 square miles (10.1 km2) (or 0.85%) is water.
Lawrence is the southernmost county in the state of Ohio.
- Jackson County (north)
- Gallia County (northeast)
- Cabell County, West Virginia (southeast)
- Wayne County, West Virginia (south)
- Boyd County, Kentucky (southwest)
- Greenup County, Kentucky (southwest)
- Scioto County (northwest)
National protected area
- Wayne National Forest (part)
As of the census of 2000, there were 62,319 people, 24,732 households, and 17,807 families residing in the county. The population density was 137 people per square mile (53/km²). There were 27,189 housing units at an average density of 60 per square mile (23/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.55% White, 2.09% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. 0.57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 24,732 households out of which 32.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.00% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.00% were non-families. 24.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.20% 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 2.96.
In the county, the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 14.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $29,127, and the median income for a family was $35,308. Males had a median income of $30,622 versus $20,961 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,678. About 15.10% of families and 18.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.30% of those under age 18 and 12.90% of those age 65 or over.
Lawrence County has a 3 member Board of County Commissioners that oversee the various County departments, similar to all but 2 of the 88 Ohio counties. Lawrence County's elected commissioners are:
- County Commissioners: Bill Pratt (R), Les Boggs (R), and Freddie Hayes, Jr. (R). 
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||Scioto County||Jackson County||Gallia County|
|Greenup County, Kentucky,
Boyd County, Kentucky
|Wayne County, West Virginia||Cabell County, West Virginia|