Darke County, Ohio

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Darke County, Ohio
Darke County Courthouse.jpg
Map of Ohio highlighting Darke County
Location in the U.S. state of Ohio
Map of the United States highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
FoundedMarch 1, 1817
Named forWilliam Darke
SeatGreenville
Largest cityGreenville
Area
 • Total600 sq mi (1,554 km2)
 • Land598 sq mi (1,549 km2)
 • Water1.7 sq mi (4 km2), 0.3%
Population
 • (2010)52,959
 • Density89/sq mi (34/km2)
Congressional district8th
Time zoneEastern: UTC−5/−4
Websitewww.mydarkecountyohio.com

Darke County is a county in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 52,959.[1] Its county seat is Greenville.[2] The county was created in 1809 and later organized in 1817.[3] It is named for William Darke, an officer in the American Revolutionary War.[4]

Darke County comprises the Greenville, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Dayton-Springfield-Sidney, OH Combined Statistical Area.

Notable county residents include Annie Oakley, famed 19th-century markswoman who performed with Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, who was born in Darke County, as was Lucullus Virgil McWhorter, a farmer and frontiersman who studied and wrote about the historical American Indian tribes of West Virginia and Ohio. After moving to Yakima, Washington, in 1903, he documented and became an advocate for the contemporary Yakama and Nez Perce peoples, and collected their oral histories. The travel author and broadcaster Lowell Thomas was born in Darke County.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 600 square miles (1,600 km2), of which 598 square miles (1,550 km2) is land and 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) (0.3%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18203,622
18306,20471.3%
184013,282114.1%
185020,27652.7%
186026,00928.3%
187032,27824.1%
188040,49625.5%
189042,9616.1%
190042,532−1.0%
191042,9330.9%
192042,911−0.1%
193038,009−11.4%
194038,8312.2%
195041,7997.6%
196045,6129.1%
197049,1417.7%
198055,09612.1%
199053,619−2.7%
200053,309−0.6%
201052,959−0.7%
Est. 201751,536[6]−2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2017[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 53,309 people, 20,419 households, and 14,905 families residing in the county. The population density was 89 people per square mile (34/km²). There were 21,583 housing units at an average density of 36 per square mile (14/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.09% White, 0.39% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 0.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 43.1% were of German, 20.1% American, 8.1% English, 6.8% Irish and 5.8% French ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 20,419 households out of which 33.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.00% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.00% were non-families. 23.50% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56, and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 15.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,307, and the median income for a family was $45,735. Males had a median income of $32,933 versus $23,339 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,670. About 6.00% of families and 8.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.10% of those under age 18 and 9.20% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 52,959 people, 20,929 households, and 14,673 families residing in the county.[12] The population density was 88.5 inhabitants per square mile (34.2/km2). There were 22,730 housing units at an average density of 38.0 per square mile (14.7/km2).[13] The racial makeup of the county was 97.8% white, 0.4% black or African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.4% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.2% of the population.[12] In terms of ancestry, 38.9% were German, 11.5% were American, 10.6% were Irish, and 9.0% were English.[14]

Of the 20,929 households, 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.9% were non-families, and 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.50, and the average family size was 3.00. The median age was 40.8 years.[12]

The median income for a household in the county was $44,280, and the median income for a family was $53,454. Males had a median income of $40,402 versus $28,310 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,483. About 7.5% of families and 10.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.5% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.[15]

Politics[edit]

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 78.2% 20,012 17.5% 4,470 4.4% 1,119
2012 71.2% 18,108 26.8% 6,826 2.0% 496
2008 66.9% 17,290 30.8% 7,964 2.3% 584
2004 69.6% 18,306 29.8% 7,846 0.6% 161
2000 63.7% 14,817 33.3% 7,741 3.0% 709
1996 46.9% 10,798 38.5% 8,871 14.6% 3,363
1992 45.4% 11,098 28.7% 7,016 25.8% 6,312
1988 67.9% 14,914 31.2% 6,851 0.9% 189
1984 72.8% 16,379 26.3% 5,904 0.9% 211
1980 58.2% 12,773 34.8% 7,635 7.1% 1,550
1976 52.8% 11,580 45.1% 9,901 2.2% 472
1972 65.7% 13,862 31.0% 6,534 3.3% 700
1968 53.8% 10,926 36.3% 7,371 9.9% 2,018
1964 40.8% 8,581 59.2% 12,433
1960 64.6% 14,048 35.5% 7,715
1956 65.3% 13,447 34.7% 7,138
1952 64.3% 13,670 35.7% 7,597
1948 50.3% 8,956 49.2% 8,770 0.5% 87
1944 58.1% 11,135 41.9% 8,036
1940 53.6% 11,147 46.4% 9,651
1936 41.3% 8,375 54.8% 11,114 3.9% 794
1932 41.7% 8,284 55.9% 11,122 2.4% 483
1928 66.3% 11,765 32.8% 5,822 0.8% 147
1924 52.9% 9,166 42.2% 7,316 4.8% 839
1920 52.6% 9,552 46.6% 8,459 0.8% 151
1916 39.8% 4,322 56.9% 6,186 3.3% 357
1912 30.4% 3,107 49.2% 5,027 20.3% 2,075
1908 42.6% 4,951 55.0% 6,391 2.4% 281
1904 49.3% 5,203 47.6% 5,030 3.1% 329
1900 43.8% 4,834 54.4% 6,003 1.8% 201
1896 41.3% 4,384 57.9% 6,151 0.8% 84
1892 40.0% 3,737 52.6% 4,916 7.4% 691
1888 41.8% 4,267 53.9% 5,495 4.3% 437
1884 44.3% 4,390 54.9% 5,442 0.8% 79
1880 43.5% 4,046 55.5% 5,167 1.0% 96
1876 43.4% 3,577 56.6% 4,667 0.0% 1
1872 52.4% 3,069 47.1% 2,760 0.6% 34

Government[edit]

Darke County has a three-member Board of County Commissioners who oversee the various county departments, in similar fashion to all but two of the 88 Ohio counties. Darke County's elected commissioners are Mike Rhoades, Mike Stegall, and Matt Aultman.[17]

Education[edit]

Public school districts[edit]

  • Ansonia Local Schools
    • Ansonia High School, Ansonia (the Tigers)
  • Arcanum-Butler Local School District
    • Arcanum High School, Arcanum (the Trojans)
  • Franklin Monroe Schools
    • Franklin Monroe Middle School/High School, Pitsburg (the Jets)
  • Greenville City School District
    • Greenville Senior High School, Greenville (the Green Wave)
  • Mississinawa Valley Local School District
    • Mississinawa Valley Junior/Senior High School, Union City (the Blackhawks)
  • Tri-Village Local School District
    • Tri-Village High School, New Madison (the Patriots)
  • Versailles Exempted Village Schools
    • Versailles High School, Versailles (the Tigers)

Communities[edit]

Map of Darke County, Ohio with Municipal and Township Labels

City[edit]

Villages[edit]

Townships[edit]

https://web.archive.org/web/20160715023447/http://www.ohiotownships.org/township-websites

Other communities[edit]

Historic places[edit]

Darke County has 25 places listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Darke County Courthouse, Sheriff's House, and Jail and the Versailles Town Hall and Wayne Township House.

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 9, 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ "Ohio: Individual County Chronologies". Ohio Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2007. Retrieved February 14, 2015.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 100.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on May 4, 2014. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  9. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  12. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  13. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  14. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  15. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  17. ^ "Elected Officials". Darke County Ohio Homepage. Archived from the original on February 19, 2015. Retrieved March 13, 2017.

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Coordinates: 40°08′N 84°37′W / 40.13°N 84.62°W / 40.13; -84.62