Licking County, Ohio

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Licking County, Ohio
Newark-ohio-courthouse.jpg
Licking County Courthouse
Seal of Licking County, Ohio
Seal
Map of Ohio highlighting Licking County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the United States highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded March 1, 1808[1]
Named for Native American word for salt licks
Seat Newark
Largest city Newark
Area
 • Total 687.49 sq mi (1,781 km2)
 • Land 682.50 sq mi (1,768 km2)
 • Water 4.99 sq mi (13 km2), 0.73%
Population
 • (2010) 166,492
 • Density 243.9/sq mi (94/km²)
Congressional district 12th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.lcounty.com

Licking County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 166,492, which is an increase of 14.4% from 145,491 in 2000.[2] Its county seat is Newark.[3] The county is named for the salt licks that were in the area.[4]

Licking County is part of the Columbus, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Licking County was formed on January 30, 1808 from portions of Fairfield County. It was named after the salt licks found in the area.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 687.49 square miles (1,780.6 km2), of which 682.50 square miles (1,767.7 km2) (or 99.27%) is land and 4.99 square miles (12.9 km2) (or 0.73%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 3,852
1820 11,861 207.9%
1830 20,869 75.9%
1840 35,096 68.2%
1850 38,846 10.7%
1860 37,011 −4.7%
1870 35,756 −3.4%
1880 40,450 13.1%
1890 43,279 7.0%
1900 47,070 8.8%
1910 55,590 18.1%
1920 56,426 1.5%
1930 59,962 6.3%
1940 62,279 3.9%
1950 70,645 13.4%
1960 90,242 27.7%
1970 107,799 19.5%
1980 120,981 12.2%
1990 128,300 6.0%
2000 145,491 13.4%
2010 166,492 14.4%
Est. 2012 167,537 0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[2]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 146,491 people, 55,609 households, and 40,149 families residing in the county. The population density was 212 people per square mile (82/km²). There were 58,760 housing units at an average density of 86 per square mile (33/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.64% White, 2.06% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. 0.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 55,609 households out of which 34.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.50% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 23.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.10% 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 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.00% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 29.40% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 11.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $44,124, and the median income for a family was $51,969. Males had a median income of $37,957 versus $26,884 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,581. About 5.50% of families and 7.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.10% of those under age 18 and 7.50% of those age 65 or over.

Places of interest[edit]

View from a section of the Great Circle Earthworks, part of the Newark Earthworks.

Sports[edit]

Longaberger headquarters in Newark, Ohio, a giant Longaberger Medium Market Basket.

Licking County has long been a hotbed for high school sports due to the many high school athletic programs in the county, including Granville High School, Heath High School, Johnstown-Monroe High School, Lakewood High School, Licking Valley High School, Licking Heights High School, Newark Catholic High School, Newark High School, Northridge High School, Utica High School,and Watkins Memorial High School. In baseball, a state title has been won by a Licking County high school team every year dating back to 2002. It was in that year that three Licking County teams won state titles. Newark Catholic High School and Heath High School alone have combined for nine state titles in just a six year span.

Licking County schools recently won at least one state title in four straight sport seasons: Heath in both Boys Track and Boys Baseball (2007), Newark Catholic in Football (2007), Newark in Boys Basketball (2008) and Lakewood in Softball (2008).

Government[edit]

Communities[edit]

Map of Licking County, Ohio with Municipal and Township Labels

Municipalities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Other places[edit]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Ohio County Profiles: Licking County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Licking County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Licking County data". Ohio State University Extension Data Center. Retrieved 2007-04-28. [dead link]
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Thomas William Lewis, History of Southeastern Ohio and the Muskingum Valley, 1788-1928. In Three Volumes. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1928.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°05′N 82°29′W / 40.09°N 82.48°W / 40.09; -82.48