Delaware County, Ohio

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Delaware County, Ohio
Delaware County Courthouse Ohio.jpg
Seal of Delaware County, Ohio
Map of Ohio highlighting Delaware County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the United States highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded February 10, 1808[1]
Named for the Lenape (Delaware)
Seat Delaware
Largest city Delaware*
 • Total 457 sq mi (1,184 km2)
 • Land 443 sq mi (1,147 km2)
 • Water 14 sq mi (36 km2), 3.1%
Population (est.)
 • (2013) 184,979
 • Density 393/sq mi (152/km²)
Congressional district 12th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Footnotes: *Based on population just within the county.[2]

Delaware County is a county in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 174,214.[3] Its county seat is Delaware.[4] The county was formed in 1808 from Franklin County, Ohio. Both the county and its seat are named after the Delaware (Lenape) tribe.[5]

Delaware County is included in the Columbus, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Forbes magazine ranks Delaware County as the fifth best place in the United States to raise a family and the second best in Ohio, behind Geauga County.[6]

U. S. President Rutherford B. Hayes was born and grew up in Delaware County.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 457 square miles (1,180 km2), of which 443 square miles (1,150 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) (3.1%) is water.[7] The county has an even terrain and a fertile soil.[8]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Lakes and rivers[edit]

The major rivers of the county are the Scioto River, Olentangy River, Alum Creek, and the Big Walnut Creek. These waterways run from north to south across the county. The Alum Creek Lake[9] and the Delaware Lake[10] are reservoirs created on Alum Creek and the Olentangy River, respectively.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 2,000
1820 7,639 282.0%
1830 11,504 50.6%
1840 22,060 91.8%
1850 21,817 −1.1%
1860 23,902 9.6%
1870 25,175 5.3%
1880 27,381 8.8%
1890 27,189 −0.7%
1900 26,401 −2.9%
1910 27,182 3.0%
1920 26,013 −4.3%
1930 26,016 0.0%
1940 26,780 2.9%
1950 30,278 13.1%
1960 36,107 19.3%
1970 42,908 18.8%
1980 53,840 25.5%
1990 66,929 24.3%
2000 109,989 64.3%
2010 174,214 58.4%
Est. 2014 189,113 [11] 8.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]
1790-1960[13] 1900-1990[14]
1990-2000[15] 2010-2013[3]

As of the census of 2000, there were 109,989 people, 39,674 households, and 30,668 families residing in the county. The population density is 249 people per square mile (96/km²). There were 42,374 housing units at an average density of 96 per square mile (37/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.25% White, 2.52% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 1.54% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.38% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.01% of the population. 26.8% were of German, 11.7% Irish, 11.3% English, 10.7% American and 6.9% Italian ancestry according to 2000 census.

There were 39,674 households out of which 40.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.70% were married couples living together, 6.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.70% were non-families. 18.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.20% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 32.60% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 8.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $67,258, and the median income for a family was $76,453. Males had a median income of $51,428 versus $33,041 for females. The per capita income for the county was $31,600. About 2.90% of families and 3.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.40% of those under the age of 18 and 4.80% of those 65 and older.

By 2007, the median income for a household and for a family had risen to $80,526 and $94,099 respectively.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Delaware County is the 21st fastest growing county in the United States.[citation needed]


The following school districts are located in Delaware County.

1 Mainly in Knox County, with portions in Delaware County
2 Mainly in Franklin County, with portions in Delaware County and Union County
3 Mainly in Marion County, with portions in Delaware County
4 Mainly in Morrow County, with portions in Delaware County
5 Mainly in Licking County, with portions in Delaware County
6 Mainly in Union County, with portions in Delaware County
7 Mainly in Franklin County, with portions in Delaware County

The Ohio Wesleyan University, located in Delaware, Ohio, is one of the top liberal arts colleges in the United States and one of the Five Colleges of Ohio.



Interstate 71 and U.S. Highway 23 pass through the county. Interstate 71 crosses over Alum Creek immediately south of the Alum Creek Lake recreation area.


The area is served by the Delaware Municipal Airport,[16] which is strategically located to serve the rapidly developing southern Delaware County area and the north portion of the Franklin County and Columbus, Ohio, areas. The airport contains a 5,000 foot runway, flight terminal, lounges, and weather briefing areas. It is home to approximately 80 aircraft and an estimated 40,000 operations take place per year. Several smaller airports are located in the county.


The Delaware Gazette, a morning daily founded in 1885, is the dominant local newspaper in Delaware County, while the Sunbury News, a weekly community newspaper, serves eastern Delaware County and residents of the Big Walnut Local School District. Both publications are owned by Brown Publishing Company.

Additional local print publications include the Delaware News, which is owned by Columbus-based Suburban News Publications, ThisWeek in Delaware, which is owned by the Columbus Dispatch, and the Transcript, the student paper at Ohio Wesleyan University. Local residents often subscribe to out-of-town papers as well; the Columbus Dispatch is popular among many.

Points of interest[edit]

Delaware, Ohio is famous for The Little Brown Jug, an internationally famous harness race which is part of the Triple Crown of harness racing.

The Methodist Theological School in Ohio is the Methodist graduate school seminary located between Delaware and Columbus, Ohio. It is often referred to as METHESCO.

Additional notable places include:

  • Delaware Municipal Airport Annual Air Fair[16]
  • The Germain Amphitheater, formerly the Polaris Amphitheater, closed at the end of 2007[17]
  • Alum Creek State Park[9] and the Delaware State Park[10] bring millions of local, national, and international visitors to the area each year.[citation needed]
  • The site of the first Ohio State University football game[18]
  • The Hamburger Inn at 16 N. Sandusky [19]
  • Historical Marker of Rutherford B. Hayes' home on E. William St.[20]
  • The Strand Theater.[21]


Map of Delaware County, Ohio with Municipal and Township Labels



Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]


Notable residents[edit]

Notable natives include Rutherford B. Hayes, who was the 19th President of the United States (1877–1881). His wife, Lucy Webb Hayes, was one of the most popular of first ladies. She strongly supported the Temperance movement, and no alcohol was served in the White House during the Hayes administration. This prompted the press to call her "Lemonade Lucy." She also brought the annual Easter egg roll to the White House lawn.

Among the famous who have inhabited or been associated with the county are:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ohio County Profiles: Delaware County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved 2014-05-11. 
  2. ^ "Delaware County data (population)". Ohio State University Extension Data Center. Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  3. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ "Delaware County". Ohio History Central. Ohio Historical Society. Retrieved 2014-05-11. 
  6. ^ "America's Best Places To Raise A Family". Forbes. June 30, 2008. 
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  8. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg "Delaware, the name of five counties in the United States. III. A central county of Ohio". The American Cyclopædia. 1879. 
  9. ^ a b "Alum Creek State Park". Archived from the original on 2007-08-23. Retrieved 2007-09-12. 
  10. ^ a b "Delaware State Park". Retrieved 2014-05-11. 
  11. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  14. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 
  16. ^ a b "Delaware Airport". Archived from the original on 2007-08-26. Retrieved 2007-09-12. 
  17. ^ "End of the Road for Germain Amphitheater?". Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
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  22. ^ "Library of Congress Online Catalog". Retrieved 2007-09-12. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Buckingham, Ray, E. Delaware County Then and Now, History Book, Inc., 1976
  • History of Delaware County and Ohio. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., 1880
  • Lytle, A. R., History of Delaware County Ohio, Delaware, 1908
  • Memorial Record of the Counties of Delaware, union and Morrow, Ohio, Chicago, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1895

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°17′N 83°01′W / 40.28°N 83.01°W / 40.28; -83.01