Shelby County, Ohio
|Shelby County, Ohio|
Shelby County Courthouse
Location in the state of Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
|Founded||April 1, 1819|
|Named for||Isaac Shelby|
|• Total||410.69 sq mi (1,064 km2)|
|• Land||407.68 sq mi (1,056 km2)|
|• Water||3.02 sq mi (8 km2), 0.74%|
|• Density||121.2/sq mi (47/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Shelby County is a county located in the state of Ohio, United States. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 49,423, which is an increase of 3.2% from 47,910 in 2000. Its name honors Isaac Shelby, former governor of Kentucky. Its county seat is Sidney.
The Sidney Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Shelby County.
The Algonquian-speaking Shawnee Native Americans had come into the area in the 18th century, displacing the Ojibwa-speaking Ottawa of the Anishinaabeg, a related language group who moved northwest. The Shawnee were joined by the Iroquois, Seneca and Mingo peoples as well, displaced by colonial encroachment to the east. In 1792 the European-American pioneer John Hardin was killed by the Shawnee in Shelby County. Early settlers named the first county seat of Hardin after him.
In 1846, a group of 383 free blacks from Virginia, called the "Randolph Slaves", settled in the county, most at Rumley. They had been freed by the 1833 will of the Virginia planter John Randolph of Roanoke. He provided money for their transportation and resettlement on land in a free state. Their gaining freedom was delayed by court challenges to Randolph's will, but the families were freed and traveled in 1846. Randolph had provided that those over the age of 40 were given 10 acres each for resettlement. A contemporary history described Rumley in the following way: "There are 400 Negroes (half the population of Van Buren Township) as prosperous as their white neighbors and equal to the whites in morals, religion and intelligence."
In 1900 survivors and descendants formed the Randolph Ex-Slaves Association (later they changed the name to the Randolph Slave Association) and held their first reunion at Midway Park near Piqua. Sixty-two of the original settlers attended who had been born in Virginia into slavery. After being manumitted, they had come to Ohio as small children with their families. They were called the "Old Dominions" after the nickname of Virginia; the "Buckeyes" were those descendants born in Ohio. Over the years, the reunions were also held at Troy and the Shelby County Fairgrounds, with 100-300 attending.
According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 410.69 square miles (1,063.7 km2), of which 407.68 square miles (1,055.9 km2) (or 99.27%) is land and 3.02 square miles (7.8 km2) (or 0.74%) is water.
- Auglaize County (north)
- Logan County (east)
- Champaign County (southeast)
- Miami County (south)
- Darke County (west)
- Mercer County (northwest)
As of the census of 2010, there were 49,423 people, 18,488 households, 2.63 persons per household. There were 20,185 housing units The racial makeup of the county was 95.1% White, 2.1% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.4% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. 0.1% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 18,488 households out of which 36.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.70% were married couples living together, 9.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.80% were non-families. 22.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.13.
In the county, the population was spread out with 28.60% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 29.30% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 12.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $48,475, and the median income for a family was $51,331. Males had a median income of $36,212 versus $24,470 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,255. About 5.30% of families and 6.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.30% of those under age 18 and 5.30% of those age 65 or over.