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Ashland County
Ashland County Courthouse
Ashland County Courthouse
Official seal of Ashland County
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Map of Ohio highlighting Ashland County
Location within the U.S. state of Ohio
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Country  United States
State  Ohio
Founded February 24, 1846
Named for "Ashland", Henry Clay's home
Seat Ashland
Largest city Ashland
Area
 • Total 427 sq mi (1,110 km2)
 • Land 423 sq mi (1,100 km2)
 • Water 3.8 sq mi (10 km2)  0.9%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 52,447
 • Density 122.83/sq mi (47.42/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 7th

Ashland County is a county located in the northeastern portion of the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2020 census, the population was 52,447. Its county seat is Ashland. The county is named for "Ashland", the home of Senator Henry Clay near Lexington, Kentucky. It was formed in 1846 from parts of Huron, Lorain, Richland and Wayne Counties.

Ashland County comprises the Ashland, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Mansfield-Ashland-Bucyrus, OH Combined Statistical Area.

History

Ashland County was formed on February 24, 1846 from portions of Huron, Lorain, Richland, and Wayne counties. Like the county seat, it was named after Ashland, the Lexington, Kentucky-area home of Henry Clay, a Kentucky senator.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 427 square miles (1,110 km2), of which 423 square miles (1,100 km2) is land and 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2) (0.9%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 23,813
1860 22,951 −3.6%
1870 21,933 −4.4%
1880 23,883 8.9%
1890 22,223 −7.0%
1900 21,184 −4.7%
1910 22,975 8.5%
1920 24,627 7.2%
1930 26,867 9.1%
1940 29,785 10.9%
1950 33,040 10.9%
1960 38,771 17.3%
1970 43,303 11.7%
1980 46,178 6.6%
1990 47,507 2.9%
2000 52,523 10.6%
2010 53,139 1.2%
2020 52,447 −1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 53,139 people, 20,196 households, and 14,017 families living in the county. The population density was 125.6 inhabitants per square mile (48.5/km2). There were 22,141 housing units at an average density of 52.3 per square mile (20.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.3% white, 0.7% black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 0.2% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.9% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 32.7% were German, 26.2% were English, 11.2% were Irish, and 5.2% were Italian.

Of the 20,196 households, 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.6% were non-families, and 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.02. The median age was 39.3 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $44,542 and the median income for a family was $54,177. Males had a median income of $39,663 versus $31,012 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,558. About 10.2% of families and 15.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.6% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

The Ashland County Airport is located three nautical miles (3.5 mi, 5.6 km) northeast of the central business district of the City of Ashland.

Communities

Map of Ashland County Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Ashland County, Ohio with municipal and township labels

City

Villages

Townships

  • Clear Creek
  • Green
  • Hanover
  • Jackson
  • Lake
  • Mifflin
  • Milton
  • Mohican
  • Montgomery
  • Orange
  • Perry
  • Ruggles
  • Sullivan
  • Troy
  • Vermillion

Census-designated place

  • Cinnamon Lake

Other unincorporated communities

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