Noble County, Ohio

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Noble County, Ohio
Noble County Courthouse Ohio.jpg
The Noble County Courthouse in Caldwell in 2007
Seal of Noble County, Ohio
Seal
Map of Ohio highlighting Noble County
Location in the U.S. state of Ohio
Map of the United States highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded April 1, 1851[1]
Named for either James Noble or Warren P. Noble
Seat Caldwell
Largest village Caldwell
Area
 • Total 405 sq mi (1,049 km2)
 • Land 398 sq mi (1,031 km2)
 • Water 6.6 sq mi (17 km2), 1.6%
Population
 • (2010) 14,645
 • Density 37/sq mi (14/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Noble County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14645, [2] making it the third-least populous county in Ohio. Its county seat is Caldwell.[3] The county is named for Rep. Warren P. Noble of the Ohio House of Representatives, who was an early settler there.[4]

History[edit]

Noble County was formed on March 11, 1851 from portions of Guernsey, Morgan, Monroe and Washington counties.[5] It was the last county to be formed in Ohio and, therefore, represents the youngest county in the state.[6] It was named for either James Noble or Warren P. Noble, both of whom were early settlers in this region.[7]

Noble County was home to the first North American oil well, the Thorla-McKee Well, discovered in 1814.[8] It was the last of Ohio's 88 counties to be formed, in 1851.[9] In 1925, a United States Navy dirigible, USS Shenandoah (ZR-1), was caught in a storm over Noble County, and broke into several pieces. Of those on board, 14 were killed and 29 survived.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 405 square miles (1,050 km2), of which 398 square miles (1,030 km2) is land and 6.6 square miles (17 km2) (1.6%) is water.[10]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 20,751
1870 19,949 −3.9%
1880 21,138 6.0%
1890 20,753 −1.8%
1900 19,466 −6.2%
1910 18,601 −4.4%
1920 17,849 −4.0%
1930 14,961 −16.2%
1940 14,587 −2.5%
1950 11,750 −19.4%
1960 10,982 −6.5%
1970 10,428 −5.0%
1980 11,310 8.5%
1990 11,336 0.2%
2000 14,058 24.0%
2010 14,645 4.2%
Est. 2016 14,294 [11] −2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]
1790-1960[13] 1900-1990[14]
1990-2000[15] 2010-2013[2]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[16] of 2000, there were 14,058 people, 4,546 households, and 3,318 families residing in the county. The population density was 35 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 5,480 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.55% White, 6.69% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 0.38% from two or more races. 0.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,546 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.50% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.00% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.60% under the age of 18, 11.70% from 18 to 24, 31.80% from 25 to 44, 20.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 130.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 140.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,940, and the median income for a family was $38,939. Males had a median income of $30,911 versus $20,222 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,100. About 8.30% of families and 11.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.90% of those under age 18 and 11.90% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 14,645 people, 4,852 households, and 3,394 families residing in the county.[17] The population density was 36.8 inhabitants per square mile (14.2/km2). There were 6,053 housing units at an average density of 15.2 per square mile (5.9/km2).[18] The racial makeup of the county was 96.1% white, 2.5% black or African American, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.4% of the population.[17] In terms of ancestry, 25.9% were German, 13.1% were Irish, 9.1% were American, and 9.0% were English.[19]

Of the 4,852 households, 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.0% were non-families, and 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.94. The median age was 48.6 years.[17]

The median income for a household in the county was $39,500 and the median income for a family was $44,773. Males had a median income of $42,456 versus $29,551 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,029. About 11.6% of families and 14.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.9% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those age 65 or over.[20]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[21]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 75.3% 4,549 20.2% 1,221 4.5% 269
2012 60.5% 3,563 36.2% 2,131 3.3% 197
2008 55.8% 3,450 40.0% 2,474 4.3% 264
2004 58.7% 3,841 40.6% 2,654 0.7% 45
2000 57.4% 3,435 38.3% 2,296 4.3% 257
1996 39.6% 2,183 42.9% 2,366 17.5% 965
1992 37.8% 2,223 37.4% 2,201 24.8% 1,459
1988 59.4% 3,155 39.2% 2,079 1.4% 74
1984 67.7% 3,853 31.2% 1,777 1.1% 61
1980 57.4% 3,025 36.9% 1,944 5.8% 303
1976 52.5% 3,007 45.6% 2,612 1.9% 111
1972 68.2% 3,274 30.2% 1,449 1.6% 76
1968 53.1% 2,615 35.0% 1,726 11.9% 587
1964 43.5% 2,250 56.5% 2,925
1960 66.0% 3,951 34.0% 2,036
1956 66.5% 3,861 33.5% 1,943
1952 66.3% 4,046 33.7% 2,054
1948 58.8% 3,494 40.8% 2,425 0.4% 24
1944 64.9% 4,130 35.1% 2,235
1940 61.8% 4,922 38.2% 3,037
1936 52.7% 4,384 46.5% 3,865 0.8% 70
1932 49.3% 3,950 49.5% 3,966 1.3% 104
1928 66.5% 4,462 32.6% 2,190 0.9% 63
1924 60.8% 4,284 35.3% 2,485 4.0% 279
1920 59.1% 4,197 40.9% 2,909
1916 50.3% 2,290 47.8% 2,175 1.9% 85
1912 40.1% 1,804 40.9% 1,842 19.1% 858
1908 54.3% 2,707 43.2% 2,154 2.6% 127
1904 58.9% 2,700 36.5% 1,671 4.7% 213
1900 54.5% 2,704 43.8% 2,173 1.6% 80
1896 51.9% 2,559 47.0% 2,318 1.2% 57
1892 50.7% 2,307 44.5% 2,026 4.8% 218
1888 53.2% 2,515 44.1% 2,087 2.7% 127
1884 52.3% 2,385 45.2% 2,061 2.6% 117
1880 50.6% 2,316 44.6% 2,044 4.9% 222
1876 50.9% 2,225 47.9% 2,096 1.2% 54
1872 54.8% 2,016 44.2% 1,627 1.0% 37

Government[edit]

Noble County has a three-member Board of County Commissioners that oversee and administer the various County departments, similar to all but two of the 88 Ohio counties. Noble County's elected commissioners are:

  • County Commissioners: Virgil Thompson (R), Garry Rossiter (R), and Ty Moore (R).[22]

Education[edit]

Noble County is served by the Caldwell Exempted Village School District and Noble Local School District.

Communities[edit]

Map of Noble County, Ohio with municipal and township labels

Villages[edit]

Townships[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Ohio County Profiles: Noble County" (PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Noble County data". Ohio State University Extension Data Center. Archived from the original on 2008-02-13. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  5. ^ Noble County, Ohio | Learn | FamilySearch.org
  6. ^ 1832 Ball-Caldwell House in Noble County, Ohio
  7. ^ Noble County, Ohio definition of Noble County, Ohio in the Free Online Encyclopedia
  8. ^ Thorla-McKee Well, First Oil Well in North America, Noble County, Ohio, Noble County, 2004. Accessed 2005-08-05.
  9. ^ "Noble County". Ohio University Small Business Development Center. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  10. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  12. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  14. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  16. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  17. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  18. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  19. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  20. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  21. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  22. ^ "Noble County, Ohio". County Commissioner of Ohio Homepage. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Thomas William Lewis, History of Southeastern Ohio and the Muskingum Valley, 1788-1928. In Three Volumes. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1928.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°46′N 81°27′W / 39.77°N 81.45°W / 39.77; -81.45