Van Wert County, Ohio

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Van Wert County, Ohio
Van-wert-ohio-courthouse2.jpg
Courthouse in Van Wert
Seal of Van Wert County, Ohio
Seal
Map of Ohio highlighting Van Wert County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the United States highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded March 18, 1837
Named for Isaac Van Wart
Seat Van Wert
Largest city Van Wert
Area
 • Total 410 sq mi (1,062 km2)
 • Land 409 sq mi (1,059 km2)
 • Water 1.3 sq mi (3 km2), 0.3%
Population
 • (2010) 28,744
 • Density 70/sq mi (27/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.vanwertcounty.org

Van Wert County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,744.[1] Its county seat is Van Wert.[2] The county was created in 1820 and later organized in 1837.[3] It is named for Isaac Van Wart, one of the captors of John André in the American Revolutionary War.[4]

Van Wert County comprises the Van Wert, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included within the Lima-Van Wert-Celina, OH Combined Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 410 square miles (1,100 km2), of which 409 square miles (1,060 km2) is land and 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) (0.3%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 49
1840 1,577 3,118.4%
1850 4,793 203.9%
1860 10,238 113.6%
1870 15,823 54.6%
1880 23,028 45.5%
1890 29,671 28.8%
1900 30,394 2.4%
1910 29,119 −4.2%
1920 28,210 −3.1%
1930 26,273 −6.9%
1940 26,759 1.8%
1950 26,971 0.8%
1960 28,840 6.9%
1970 29,194 1.2%
1980 30,458 4.3%
1990 30,464 0.0%
2000 29,659 −2.6%
2010 28,744 −3.1%
Est. 2013 28,459 −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 29,659 people, 11,587 households, and 8,354 families residing in the county. The population density was 72 people per square mile (28/km²). There were 12,363 housing units at an average density of 30 per square mile (12/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.43% White, 0.75% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.75% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 1.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.


There were 11,587 households out of which 32.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.20% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.90% were non-families. 24.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.00% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 27.30% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,497, and the median income for a family was $46,503. Males had a median income of $32,377 versus $23,859 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,293. About 4.20% of families and 5.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.80% of those under age 18 and 4.00% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

Van Wert County has a 3 member Board of County Commissioners that administer and oversee the various County departments, similar to all but 2 of the 88 Ohio counties. The elected commissioners serve four-year terms. Van Wert County's elected commissioners are: Thad Lichtensteiger, Stan Owens, and Todd Wolfrum. [11]

Communities[edit]

Map of Van Wert County, Ohio with municipal and township labels

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Townships[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

  • Abanaka
  • Cavett
  • Converse
  • Dixon
  • Dull
  • Glenmore
  • Hoaglin
  • Jonestown
  • Middlebury
  • Monticello
  • Richey
  • Schumm
  • Seamersville
  • Wetsel
  • Wolfcale

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Ohio: Individual County Chronologies". Ohio Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2007. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Van Wert County data". Ohio State University Extension Data Center. Retrieved 2007-04-28. [dead link]
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ "Meet the Van Wert County Commissioners". Van Wert County Ohio Homepage. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°52′N 84°35′W / 40.86°N 84.59°W / 40.86; -84.59