Perry County, Ohio

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Perry County, Ohio
Perry County Courthouse in New Lexington from southwest.jpg
Seal of Perry County, Ohio
Seal
Map of Ohio highlighting Perry 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 Oliver Hazard Perry
Seat New Lexington
Largest city New Lexington
Area
 • Total 412.49 sq mi (1,068 km2)
 • Land 407.97 sq mi (1,057 km2)
 • Water 4.52 sq mi (12 km2), 1.10%
Population
 • (2010) 36,058
 • Density 88.4/sq mi (34/km²)
Congressional district 15th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Perry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 36,058, which is an increase of 5.8% from 34,078 in 2000.[2] Its county seat is New Lexington.[3] Founded on March 1, 1818 from parts of Fairfield, Washington and Muskingum Counties, it was the 55th county to be formed in Ohio. The county is named for Oliver Hazard Perry, a hero of the War of 1812.[4] One of the poorest counties in the state, this is where the lawsuit challenging Ohio's school funding system, DeRolph v. State, began.

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

Geography[edit]

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 412.49 square miles (1,068.3 km2), of which 407.97 square miles (1,056.6 km2) (or 98.90%) is land and 4.52 square miles (11.7 km2) (or 1.10%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 8,429
1830 13,970 65.7%
1840 19,344 38.5%
1850 20,775 7.4%
1860 19,678 −5.3%
1870 18,453 −6.2%
1880 28,218 52.9%
1890 31,151 10.4%
1900 31,841 2.2%
1910 35,396 11.2%
1920 36,098 2.0%
1930 31,445 −12.9%
1940 31,087 −1.1%
1950 28,999 −6.7%
1960 27,864 −3.9%
1970 27,434 −1.5%
1980 31,032 13.1%
1990 31,557 1.7%
2000 34,078 8.0%
2010 36,058 5.8%
Est. 2012 36,015 −0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[2]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 34,078 people, 12,500 households, and 9,350 families residing in the county. The population density was 83 people per square mile (32/km²). There were 13,655 housing units at an average density of 33 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.54% White, 0.22% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.09% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. 0.45% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,500 households out of which 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.1% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.2% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.1% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.4 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,383, and the median income for a family was $40,294. Males had a median income of $31,664 versus $21,147 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,674. About 9.4% of families and 11.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.2% of those under age 18 and 12.70% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

Communities[edit]

Map of Perry County, Ohio with municipal and township labels

Villages[edit]

Townships[edit]

Other communities[edit]

*Glass Rock

McLuney

Ghost towns[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Ohio County Profiles: Perry County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Perry County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Perry 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 7, 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.

Coordinates: 39°44′N 82°14′W / 39.74°N 82.24°W / 39.74; -82.24