Vinton County, Ohio

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Vinton County, Ohio
Seal of Vinton County, Ohio
Map of Ohio highlighting Vinton County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the United States highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded March 23, 1850[1]
Named for Samuel Finley Vinton
Seat McArthur
Largest village McArthur
 • Total 414.98 sq mi (1,075 km2)
 • Land 412.36 sq mi (1,068 km2)
 • Water 2.62 sq mi (7 km2), 0.63%
 • (2010) 13,435
 • Density 32.6/sq mi (13/km²)
Congressional district 15th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Vinton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 13,435,[2] making it the least populous county in the state. Its county seat is McArthur.[3] The county is named for Samuel Finley Vinton, a 19th-century United States Congressman from Ohio.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 414.98 square miles (1,074.8 km2), of which 412.36 square miles (1,068.0 km2) (or 99.37%) is land and 2.62 square miles (6.8 km2) (or 0.63%) is water.[5]


Most of Vinton County is in the Raccoon Creek watershed. Most of the rest of the county, to the west, is in the Salt Creek watershed.[6]

Adjacent counties[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 9,353
1860 13,631 45.7%
1870 15,027 10.2%
1880 17,223 14.6%
1890 16,045 −6.8%
1900 15,330 −4.5%
1910 13,096 −14.6%
1920 12,075 −7.8%
1930 10,287 −14.8%
1940 11,573 12.5%
1950 10,759 −7.0%
1960 10,274 −4.5%
1970 9,420 −8.3%
1980 11,584 23.0%
1990 11,098 −4.2%
2000 12,806 15.4%
2010 13,435 4.9%
Est. 2013 13,276 −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2012 Estimate[8]

At the 2013 census,[9] there were an estimated 13,276 people in the county, which was a 1.2% decrease from 2010. Of these, 5.3% were under the age of 5, 23.0% under the age of 18, and 15.1% of 65 years and older. 50.0% of the population were female. There were 961 veterans.

The racial composition of the county included 97.6% white, 0.5% Black or African American, 0.4% American Indian and Alaskan Native, 0.2% Asian, 1.2% of two or more races, and 0.8% Hispanic or Latino.

88.7% of people had lived in the same house for at least one year. There were 0.2% foreign-born persons with 1.9% of people that had a language other than English spoken at home.

Of persons who are 25 years of age and over, 76.8% are high school graduates and 7.9% have a bachelor's degree or higher.

The mean travel time to work for people age 16 years and older was 29.9 minutes. There were 6,172 housing units and the home ownership rate was 75.7%. Of these housing units, 4.9% were in multi-unit structures. The median value of owner-occupied housing units was $77,800. The average number of persons per household was 2.5. The money income in the previous 12 months per capita was $17,308 and the median household income was $34,432. There was an above average proportion of persons below the poverty level at 21.4%.

There were 149 private non-farm establishments that employ 1,532 people and 699 non-employer establishments. The total number of firms was 853 and 23.6% of them were owned by women. There were 106,494 manufacturers shipments and 43,303 retail sales with $3,241 retail sales per capita. There were 2,836 accommodation and food service sales.


Post Offices[edit]

There are post offices in the following Vinton County communities:[10]


Vinton County is served by one local newspaper outlet, the Vinton County Courier, a print newspaper and website.[11]


Vinton County has a three-member Board of County Commissioners that administers and oversees the various county departments, similar to all but two of the 88 Ohio counties. The elected commissioners serve four-year terms. The elected commissioners are Michael Bledsoe, Tim Eberts, and Jerry Zinn.[12]

Emergency services[edit]

The following emergency services, with their locations, serve the county:[13]


The following utilities serve Vinton County:[14]

Phone, Internet and cable[edit]

Gas and electricity[edit]

Water and garbage disposal[edit]


Map of Vinton County, Ohio with municipal and township labels



Other communities[edit]

Ghost towns[edit]


The entire county is served by the Vinton County Local School District which operates the following schools:[15]



Vinton County has one public airport, the Vinton County Airport (K22I/22I). The runway is a 3725' x 75' asphalt, east-west (09/27) runway with a single intersecting taxiway. Navigation equipment includes a two-light PAPI for runway 27, Pilot Controlled Lighting and UNICOM. The airport is leased to the Vinton County Pilots Booster Association by the County, who raise funds to maintain the airport. The airport is equipped to service piston-engined general aviation aircraft.


Covered bridges[edit]

Mt. Olive Covered Bridge
Ponn Covered Bridge prior to arson

There are four covered bridges located around Vinton County. The most famous bridge was the Ponn Bridge, also known as the Humpback Bridge. It was built in 1874 and was the longest one in the county. The bridge's name came from the shape of the bridge and there are only a few 'humpback' bridges left around the world. This bridge was burned down in June, 2013 by arsonists.[16] In 1875, the Mt. Olive Bridge was built by a Civil War veteran named George Washington Pilcher. This bridge is open to foot traffic and goes over the Middle Fork Salt Creek. The Bay Bridge is located on the Vinton County Fairgrounds. It was moved to the fairgrounds in 1967 and is still open to pedestrians. The Cox Bridge was built in 1884. The bridge is open to foot traffic and has a picnic area near it. The Arbaugh Bridge was built in 1871, making it the oldest covered bridge in the county. The bridge is the only one open to vehicles thanks to a grant that allowed for renovations.

State Parks and Recreation Areas[edit]

Lake Hope State Park

There are eight recreation areas in Vinton County. The state parks consist of Lake Alma State Park located in Wellston, Ohio and Lake Hope State Park located in McArthur, Ohio. There are also three state forests consisting of Richland Furnace State Forest, Tar Hollow State Forest, and Zaleski State Forest. Along with these, there is the Wayne National Forest, which covers many other counties in Ohio besides Vinton County, Raccoon Ecological Management Area located on State Route 160, and the Wellston Wildlife Area and Lake Rupert located on State Route 683. There are also many more public areas within a short distance of Vinton County.[17]

Lake Hope Bike Trails[edit]

Lake Hope State Park is located in Vinton and Athens Counties. There are five loop trails in the park ranging from 4.5 miles to 16 miles. The Hope Furnace Trail loop is the shortest of the trails at 4.5 miles. The Sidewinder Loop is 5.5 miles, the Copperhead Loop is 10 miles, and the New Big Loop is 15 miles. The longest of the trails in the Old Big Loop at 16 miles.[18]

Zaleski Backpack Trails[edit]

Main article: Zaleski State Forest

There are two trails in Zaleski State Forest, a trail of 23.5 miles and a day trail of 10 miles.[19]

Quilt barns[edit]

Throughout Vinton County, 27 quilt barns are scattered by the roadways. They are located on Vinton County's Quilt Trail.[20]

  • Liberty Star Basket
  • Basket Weave
  • A Pig's Tail
  • Christmas Star
  • Country Farm
  • On Wings of Eagles
  • Corn and Beans
  • Turkey Tracks
  • Maple Leaf
  • Mountains
  • Ohio Star
  • The Fan
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd
  • Summer Winds
  • There's No Place Like Home
  • Pine Tree
  • Mosaic
  • Autumn Sojourn
  • Whirlygig
  • Airplane
  • Cross and Crowns
  • Schoolhouse
  • Farm Friendliness
  • Anvil
  • Shortcut to School
  • Horse Squares
  • V-Block


Wild Turkey Festival[edit]

The Wild Turkey Festival is a music festival held in McArthur, Ohio, on the first weekend of May, beginning on the Thursday evening and concluding on the Sunday afternoon. A parade runs through the town on the Saturday night.[21]

Ridgetop Music Festival[edit]

Every August, the Ridgetop Music Festival is held at the Vinton County Airport which offers music and airplane rides throughout the festival.[22]

Vinton County Air Show[edit]

The air show is held on the third Sunday in September. The show is the biggest free air show in Ohio and includes food and aerial acts.[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ohio County Profiles: Vinton County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved April 28, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Vinton County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Vinton County data". Ohio State University Extension Data Center. Retrieved April 28, 2007. [dead link]
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  6. ^ "State of Ohio GIS Databases". Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved November 7, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Vinton County, Ohio". United States Census Bureau. US Department of Commerce. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Vinton County, Ohio". United States Census Bureau. US Department of Commerce. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Vinton County: Postal Offices- Zip Codes". Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  11. ^
  12. ^ "County Commissioners". Vinton County Ohio Homepage. Retrieved May 4, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Vinton County: Emergency Services". Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Vinton County: Utilities". Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Vinton County: Local Schools and Higher Education". Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Covered Bridges". Vinton County: Convention & Visitors' Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Ohio State Parks and Public Recreation Areas in Vinton County, Ohio". Vinton County: Conventrion & Visitors' Bureau. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Lake Hope Mountain Bike Trail". Vinton County: Convention & Visitors' Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Zaleski Backpack Trail". Vinton County: Convention & Visitors' Bureau. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Quilt Barns". Vinton County: Convention & Visitors' Bureau. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival". Vinton County: Convention & Visitors' Bureau. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Ridgetop Music Festival". Vinton County: Convention & Visitors' Bureau. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Vinton County Air Show". Vinton County: Convention & Visitors' Bureau. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 39°15′N 82°29′W / 39.25°N 82.49°W / 39.25; -82.49