Wood County, Ohio
Location within the U.S. state of Ohio
Ohio's location within the U.S.
|Founded||April 1, 1820|
|Named for||Captain Eleazer D. Wood|
|Largest city||Bowling Green|
|• Total||620 sq mi (1,600 km2)|
|• Land||617 sq mi (1,600 km2)|
|• Water||3.3 sq mi (9 km2) 0.5%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||203/sq mi (78/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Wood County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 125,488. Its county seat is Bowling Green. The county was named for Captain Eleazer D. Wood, the engineer for General William Henry Harrison's army, who built Fort Meigs in the War of 1812.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Politics
- 4 Government
- 5 Libraries
- 6 Communities
- 7 Economy
- 8 See also
- 9 Footnotes
- 10 Further reading
- 11 External links
- Lucas County (north)
- Ottawa County (northeast)
- Sandusky County (east)
- Seneca County (southeast)
- Hancock County (south)
- Putnam County (southwest)
- Henry County (west)
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 121,065 people, 45,172 households, and 29,678 families living in the county. The population density was 196 people per square mile (76/km²). There were 47,468 housing units at an average density of 77 per square mile (30/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.83% White, 1.27% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 1.03% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.45% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. 3.33% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 36.3% were of German, 9.9% American, 8.2% English, 8.0% Irish and 5.8% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 45,172 households out of which 32.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.90% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.30% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.04.
In the county, the population was spread out with 23.70% under the age of 18, 17.20% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 21.30% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 93.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.10 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $44,442, and the median income for a family was $56,468. Males had a median income of $40,419 versus $26,640 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,284. About 4.70% of families and 9.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.40% of those under age 18 and 5.80% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 125,488 people, 49,043 households, and 30,923 families living in the county. The population density was 203.3 inhabitants per square mile (78.5/km2). There were 53,376 housing units at an average density of 86.5 per square mile (33.4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.8% white, 2.4% black or African American, 1.5% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 1.3% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 40.8% were German, 14.4% were Irish, 10.4% were English, 6.7% were Polish, and 5.2% were American.
Of the 49,043 households, 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.1% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.9% were non-families, and 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.98. The median age was 35.3 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $53,298 and the median income for a family was $69,768. Males had a median income of $51,038 versus $35,472 for females. The per capita income for the county was $26,671. About 6.4% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.5% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.
Wood County formerly was a Republican stronghold county, but since 1964 the county has become a bellwether losing only to Jimmy Carter in 1976.
|Commissioner||Dr. Theodore Bowlus||Republican|
|Clerk of Court of Common Pleas||Cindy A. Hofner||Republican|
|Coroner||Douglas W. Hess||Republican|
|Prosecuting Attorney||Paul A. Dobson||Republican|
|Recorder||Julie L. Baumgardner||Democratic|
|Judge of the Common Pleas Court||Reeve W. Kelsey||Republican|
|Judge of the Common Pleas Court||Alan R. Mayberry||Republican|
|Judge of the Common Pleas Court||Matthew Reger||Republican|
|Judge of the Common Pleas Court (Probate)||David W. Woessner||Republican|
While there is no countywide library entity, the Wood County District Public Library serves Bowling Green and other portions of the county, not otherwise served by another library entity, from its main location in Bowling Green and a branch in Walbridge. In 2006, the library loaned 547,422 items and provided 1,121 programs to its patrons. Total holdings in 2006 were nearly 155,000 volumes with over 250 periodical subscriptions.
Additional libraries include:
- North Baltimore Public Library
- Pemberville Public Library, and branches in Luckey and Stony Ridge
- Rossford Public Library
- Way Public Library in Perrysburg
- Wayne Public Library
- Weston Public Library, and Grand Rapids branch
All Wood County and Fostoria library locations participate in Woodlink, a joint catalog system.
- Bloom Center
- Five Points
- Hull Prairie
- Lime City
- New Rochester
- Perry Center
- Scotch Ridge
- Six Points
- Sugar Ridge
According to the 2017 wood county Comprehensive annual report, these were the largest employers in the county.
|#||Employer||# of employees|
|1||Bowling Green State University||3,300|
|3||Owens Community College||1,000|
|4||Wood County Hospital||875|
|7||Fiat Chrysler Automobiles||800|
|8||First Solar, Inc||750|
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Wood County, Ohio
- Wood County Courthouse and Jail
- Slippery Elm Trail
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- Wood County Government Elected Officials
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- Matthew, Oestreich. "Wood County Comprehensive Annual Financial Report" (PDF). Retrieved 9 October 2019.
- Robert L. Blake and Cathy J. Meadows, A History of Lake Township, Wood County, Ohio. Ada, OH: Ada Herald, 1998.
- Michael E. Brooks, The Ku Klux Klan in Wood County, Ohio. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing/The History Press, 2014.
- Richard M. Helwig, Wood County. Galena, OH: Center for Ghost Town Research in Ohio, 1990.
- Henry Howe, History of Wood County, Ohio, 1820-1889. Knightstown, IN: Bookmark, 1977.
- Paul Willis Jones, Human Interest History of Wood County, Ohio. Bowling Green, OH: Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, 2007.
- M.A. Leeson, Commemorative historical and biographical record of Wood County, Ohio : its past and present : early settlement and development ... biographies and portraits of early settlers and representative citizens, etc. Chicago, IL: J.H. Beers & Co., 1897.
- Daniel A Masters, Index to the Civil War Letters of Wood County, Ohio: From the Pages of the Wood County Independent and the Perrysburg Journal. n.c.: Daniel A. Masters, 2003.
- John P. Nass, A Description and Quantitative Analysis of Artifacts Recovered from Fort Meigs (1813-1815), Wood County, Ohio. MA thesis. Western Michigan University, 1980.
- Wood County Historical Society, Black Swamp Chanticleer: Newsletter of the Wood County Historical Society. Bowling Green, OH: Wood County Historical Society, 1973-
- Wood County Historical Society, Pioneers of Wood County, Ohio: A Listing of Family Surnames Taken from a Commemorative, Historical and Biographical Record of Wood County, Ohio. Evansville, IN: Unigraphic, 1973.
- A Brief History of Wood County and Bowling Green. Bowling Green, OH: n.p., 1908. OCLC 6545954.
- History and Government of Wood County, Ohio: Sesquicentennial 1803-1953. Bowling Green, OH: Wood County Board of Education, 1953.