Morrow County, Ohio

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Morrow County, Ohio
Map of Ohio highlighting Morrow County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the United States highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded March 1, 1848[1]
Named for Jeremiah Morrow
Seat Mount Gilead
Largest village Mount Gilead
 • Total 407.22 sq mi (1,055 km2)
 • Land 406.08 sq mi (1,052 km2)
 • Water 1.14 sq mi (3 km2), 0.28%
 • (2010) 34,827
 • Density 85.8/sq mi (33/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Morrow County is a county located in the state of Ohio, United States. Shawnee people used the area for hunting purposes before white settlers arrived in the early 19th century. Morrow County was organized in 1848 from parts of four neighboring counties and named for Jeremiah Morrow, Governor of Ohio from 1822 to 1826. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 34,827, which is an increase of 10.1% from 31,628 in 2000.[2] Its county seat is Mount Gilead.[3] The center of population of Ohio is also located east of Mount Gilead.[4] Morrow County is part of the Columbus, Ohio Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Famous people born in Morrow County include (1) Warren G. Harding, 29th President of the United States, who was born near Blooming Grove, Ohio, in northeast Morrow County; (2) Quaker abolitionist Richard Dillingham, who was born in Peru Township; (3) Reverend Frank W. Gunsaulus, cleryman, writer and educator (see Illinois Institute of Technology), who was born in Chesterville, Ohio; (4) Dawn Powell, who was born in Mount Gilead; and abolitionist and women's rights advocate Samuel Newitt Wood who was born in Mount Gilead.

Morrow County's historic World War I Victory Shaft, unique in the United States, is located in the center of downtown Mount Gilead. Other areas interesting to the tourist include: Mount Gilead State Park; Amish farms and businesses near Johnsville and Chesterville; the Mid-Ohio Race Track near Steam Corners; the rolling Allegheny foothills of eastern Morrow County; the site of the birthplace of President Warren G. Harding near Blooming Grove; the site of the former Ohio Central College in Iberia; the early 19th-century architecture of buildings in Chesterville, Ohio; the Revolutionary War Soldiers' Memorial in Mount Gilead; the Civil War monument in Cardington; and the mid-19th-century architecture of the Morrow County Courthouse and Old Jail in Mount Gilead.


According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 407.22 square miles (1,054.7 km2), of which 406.08 square miles (1,051.7 km2) (or 99.72%) is land and 1.14 square miles (3.0 km2) (or 0.28%) is water.[5] Morrow County is considered to be a part of "Central Ohio."

Adjacent counties[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 20,280
1860 20,445 0.8%
1870 18,583 −9.1%
1880 19,072 2.6%
1890 18,120 −5.0%
1900 17,879 −1.3%
1910 16,815 −6.0%
1920 15,570 −7.4%
1930 14,489 −6.9%
1940 15,646 8.0%
1950 17,168 9.7%
1960 19,405 13.0%
1970 21,348 10.0%
1980 26,480 24.0%
1990 27,749 4.8%
2000 31,628 14.0%
2010 34,827 10.1%
Est. 2012 34,938 0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[2]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 31,628 people, 11,499 households, and 8,854 families residing in the county. The population density was 78 people per square mile (30/km²). There were 12,132 housing units at an average density of 30 per square mile (12/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.37% White, 0.27% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 0.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 11,499 households out of which 35.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.60% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.00% were non-families. 19.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.09.

Old Morrow County Jail

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.30% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 29.30% from 25 to 44, 24.30% from 45 to 64, and 11.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 99.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,882, and the median income for a family was $45,747. Males had a median income of $33,129 versus $22,454 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,830. About 6.60% of families and 9.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.40% of those under age 18 and 7.10% of those age 65 or over.



Map of Morrow County, Ohio with municipal and township labels



Unincorporated communities[edit]

  • Jugs Corners
  • North Woodbury
  • Penlan
  • Pulaskiville
  • Russell
  • Shauck
  • Shawtown
  • South Woodbury
  • St. James
  • Vails Corners
  • Westfield
  • West Liberty
  • West Point
  • Williamsport

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]


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

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Coordinates: 40°32′N 82°48′W / 40.53°N 82.80°W / 40.53; -82.80