Vinton County, Ohio
|Vinton County, Ohio|
Location in the state of Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
|Founded||March 23, 1850|
|Named for||Samuel Finley Vinton|
|• 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%|
|• Density||32.6/sq mi (13/km²)|
|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, making it the least populous county in the state. Its county seat is McArthur. The county is named for Samuel Finley Vinton, a 19th-century United States Congressman from Ohio.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Communications
- 4 Government
- 5 Utilities
- 6 Communities
- 7 Education
- 8 Tourism
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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.
- Hocking County (north)
- Athens County (northeast)
- Meigs County (east)
- Gallia County (southeast)
- Jackson County (south)
- Ross County (west)
At the 2013 census, 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.
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.
There are post offices in the following Vinton County communities:
Vinton County is served by one local newspaper outlet, the Vinton County Courier, a print newspaper and website.
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.
The following emergency services, with their locations, serve the county:
- Ohio State Highway Patrol
- Vinton County Sheriff's Department
- 106 South Market Street, McArthur
- McArthur Police Department
- 124 West Main Street, McArthur
- Vinton County Emergency Medical Services
- 31931 State Route 93, McArthur
- Vinton County Emergency Management Agency
- 106 South Market Street, McArthur
- MedFlight 3
- 110 West Second Street, Wellston, Ohio 45692
- 1843 River Road, Chillicothe, Ohio
- McArthur Fire Department
- 303 West High Street, McArthur
- Hamden Fire Department
- 100 Wilkesville Street, Hamden
- Wilkesville Fire Department
- 161 Main Street, Wilkesville
- Zaleski Fire Department
- State Route 278, Zaleski
- Harrison Township Fire Department
- 51560 Old Route 50, Londonderry
The following utilities serve Vinton County:
Phone, Internet and cable
Gas and electricity
- Columbia Gas of Ohio
- South Central Power Company
- American Electric Power
- Buckeye Rural Electric Co-Op
Water and garbage disposal
- Ross County Water Company
- Jackson County Water Company
- Leax Water Company
- McArthur Water Department
- Waste Management
- Dutcher Sanitation
The entire county is served by the Vinton County Local School District which operates the following schools:
- West Elementary
- 57750 US Highway 50, Allensville, Ohio 45651
- South Elementary
- 38234 State Route 93, Hamden, Ohio 45634
- Central Elementary
- 507 Jefferson Avenue, McArthur, Ohio 45651
- Vinton County Middle School
- 63780 Locker Plant Road, McArthur, Ohio 45651
- Vinton County High School
- 63910 US Highway 50, McArthur, Ohio 45651
- U.S. Route 50
- State Route 32
- State Route 56
- State Route 93
- State Route 124
- State Route 160
- State Route 278
- State Route 324
- State Route 327
- State Route 328
- State Route 356
- State Route 671
- State Route 677
- State Route 683
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.
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. 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
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.
Lake Hope Bike Trails
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.
Zaleski Backpack Trails
Wild Turkey Festival
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.
Ridgetop Music Festival
Every August, the Ridgetop Music Festival is held at the Vinton County Airport which offers music and airplane rides throughout the festival.
Vinton County Air Show
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.
- Covered bridges of southeast Ohio
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Vinton County, Ohio
- "Ohio County Profiles: Vinton County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved April 28, 2007.
- "Vinton County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
- "Vinton County data". Ohio State University Extension Data Center. Retrieved April 28, 2007.[dead link]
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
- "State of Ohio GIS Databases". Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
- "Vinton County, Ohio". United States Census Bureau. US Department of Commerce. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
- "Vinton County, Ohio". United States Census Bureau. US Department of Commerce. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
- "Vinton County: Postal Offices- Zip Codes". Retrieved July 23, 2014.
- "County Commissioners". Vinton County Ohio Homepage. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
- "Vinton County: Emergency Services". Retrieved July 23, 2014.
- "Vinton County: Utilities". Retrieved July 23, 2014.
- "Vinton County: Local Schools and Higher Education". Retrieved July 23, 2014.
- "Covered Bridges". Vinton County: Convention & Vistors' Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
- "Ohio State Parks and Public Recreation Areas in Vinton County, Ohio". Vinton County: Conventrion & Visitors' Bureau. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
- "Lake Hope Mountain Bike Trail". Vinton County: Convention & Visitors' Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
- "Zaleski Backpack Trail". Vinton County: Convention & Visitors' Bureau. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
- "Quilt Barns". Vinton County: Convention & Visitors' Bureau. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
- "Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival". Vinton County: Convention & Visitors' Bureau. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
- "Ridgetop Music Festival". Vinton County: Convention & Visitors' Bureau. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
- "Vinton County Air Show". Vinton County: Convention & Visitors' Bureau. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
- Vinton County Government website
- Vinton County Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library serving Vinton County
- Public Lands Map of Vinton County
||Hocking County||Athens County|
|Ross County||Meigs County|
|Jackson County||Gallia County|