Perry County, Ohio
|Perry County, Ohio|
Location in the state of Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
|Founded||March 1, 1818|
|Named for||Oliver Hazard Perry|
|Largest city||New Lexington|
412.49 sq mi (1,068 km²)
407.97 sq mi (1,057 km²)
4.52 sq mi (12 km²), 1.10%
88.4/sq mi (34/km²)
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Perry County is a county located in the state of Ohio, United States. Founded on March 1, 1818, it was the 55th county to be formed in Ohio. Portions of Fairfield, Washington and Muskingum Counties were taken to create Perry County. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 36,058, which is an increase of 5.8% from 34,078 in 2000. Its county seat is New Lexington, and it is named for Oliver Hazard Perry, a hero of the War of 1812. One of the poorest counties in the state, this is where the lawsuit challenging Ohio's school funding system, DeRolph v. State, began.
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.
Adjacent counties 
- Licking County (north)
- Muskingum County (northeast)
- Morgan County (southeast)
- Athens County (south)
- Hocking County (southwest)
- Fairfield County (west)
National protected area 
- Wayne National Forest (part)
As of the census 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.
Other communities 
Ghost towns 
See also 
- "Ohio County Profiles: Perry County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
- "Perry County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Perry County data". Ohio State University Extension Data Center. Retrieved 2007-04-28.[dead link]
- "Census 2010 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
||Licking County||Muskingum County|
|Hocking County||Athens County||Morgan County|