Licking County, Ohio
|Licking County, Ohio|
County courthouse in Newark.
Location in the state of Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
|Founded||March 1, 1808|
|Named for||Native American word for salt licks|
|• 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%|
|• Density||243.9/sq mi (94/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Licking County is a county located in the state of Ohio, United States. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 166,492, which is an increase of 14.4% from 145,491 in 2000. Its county seat is Newark and is named for the salt licks that were in the area.
Licking County was formed on January 30, 1808 from portions of Fairfield County. It was named after the salt licks found in the area.
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.
- Knox County (north)
- Coshocton County (northeast)
- Muskingum County (east)
- Perry County (southeast)
- Fairfield County (southwest)
- Franklin County (west)
- Delaware County (northwest)
As of the census 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
- Newark Earthworks
- Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve
- Flint Ridge State Memorial
- Dawes Arboretum
- Ye Olde Mill in Utica (where Velvet ice cream is produced) 
- Heisey Glass Museum 
- Longaberger Basket Facility (Main office building is a 7-story replica basket, the largest in the world)
- National Trail Raceway - NHRA Approved Dragway 
- Denison University
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).
- Buckeye Lake
- New Albany
- St. Louisville
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- "Licking County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
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- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
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- Thomas William Lewis, History of Southeastern Ohio and the Muskingum Valley, 1788-1928. In Three Volumes. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1928.
||Delaware County||Knox County||Coshocton County|
|Franklin County||Muskingum County|
|Fairfield County||Perry County|