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 Vinton county 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]

Public lands[edit]

Vinton County has a wealth of public lands. An area of the Wayne National Forest is located in the center of the county. Three state forests are partly in the county: Zaleski State Forest, Tar Hollow State Forest, and Richland Furnace State Forest. The county features two state parks: Lake Hope State Park and Lake Alma State Park. There are three state wildlife areas in the county: Wellston State Wildlife Area, Turkey Ridge State Wildlife Area, and the 16,000-acre (65 km2) Raccoon Ecological Management Area (REMA).

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. 2012 13,239 −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2012 Estimate[2]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 12,806 people, 4,892 households, and 3,551 families residing in the county. The population density was 31 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 5,653 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.08% White, 0.35% Black or African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. 0.47% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,892 households out of which 34.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.20% were married couples living together, 10.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.40% were non-families. 23.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.90% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 12.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 99.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,465, and the median income for a family was $34,371. Males had a median income of $30,936 versus $21,257 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,731. About 15.10% of families and 20.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.60% of those under age 18 and 13.50% of those age 65 or over.


Vinton County is served by one local media outlet, the Vinton County Courier, a print newspaper and website.[9]


Vinton 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. Vinton County's elected commissioners are Michael Bledsoe, Tim Eberts, and Jerry Zinn.[10]


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 Vinton County High School, Vinton County Middle School, and three elementary schools (South, Central, and West).[11]



Vinton County is home to 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ohio County Profiles: Vinton County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Vinton County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Vinton County data". Ohio State University Extension Data Center. Retrieved 2007-04-28. [dead link]
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "State of Ohio GIS Databases". Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved November 7, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "County Commissioners". Vinton County Ohio Homepage. Retrieved May 4, 2014. 
  11. ^

External links[edit]

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