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Athens County, Ohio
Seal of Athens County, Ohio
Map
Map of Ohio highlighting Athens County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the USA highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded March 1, 1805
Seat Athens
Largest City Athens
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

508 sq mi (1,316 km²)
504 sq mi (1,305 km²)
4.8 sq mi (12 km²), 1.0%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

64,757
129/sq mi (50/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: http://www.co.athensoh.org/
Named for: Athens, Greece
Downtown Athens OH USA
Court Street, main street in uptown Athens

Athens County is a county in southeastern Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 64,757. Its county seat is Athens. The county was formed in 1805 from Washington County. Because the original state university (Ohio University) was founded there in 1804, the town and the county were named for the ancient center of learning, Athens, Greece.

The Athens Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Athens County.

Geography

The county has a total area of 508 square miles (1,320 km2), of which 504 square miles (1,310 km2) is land and 4.8 square miles (12 km2) (1.0%) is water.

Athens County is located in the Unglaciated Allegheny Plateau region of Ohio. It features steep, rugged hills, with typical relief of 150 to 400 feet, deeply dissected by stream valleys, many of them remnant from the ancient Teays River drainage system. Most of Athens County is within the Hocking River watershed, with smaller areas in the Shade River and Raccoon Creek watersheds. The Hocking River joins the Ohio River at the unincorporated village of Hockingport in Athens County.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 2,791
1820 6,338 127.1%
1830 9,787 54.4%
1840 19,109 95.2%
1850 18,215 −4.7%
1860 21,364 17.3%
1870 23,768 11.3%
1880 28,411 19.5%
1890 35,194 23.9%
1900 38,730 10.0%
1910 47,798 23.4%
1920 50,430 5.5%
1930 44,175 −12.4%
1940 46,166 4.5%
1950 45,839 −0.7%
1960 46,998 2.5%
1970 54,889 16.8%
1980 56,399 2.8%
1990 59,549 5.6%
2000 62,223 4.5%
2010 64,757 4.1%
Est. 2015 65,886 1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 62,223 people, 22,501 households, and 12,713 families residing in the county. The population density was 123 people per square mile (47/km²). There were 24,901 housing units at an average density of 49 per square mile (19/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.48% White, 2.39% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 1.90% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 1.56% from two or more races. 1.03% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 21.4% were of German, 13.9% American, 12.9% Irish, 11.1% English and 5.6% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 22,501 households out of which 26.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.50% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.50% were non-families. 28.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out with 18.30% under the age of 18, 30.70% from 18 to 24, 23.70% from 25 to 44, 18.00% from 45 to 64, and 9.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females there were 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,322, and the median income for a family was $39,785. Males had a median income of $30,776 versus $23,905 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,171. About 14.00% of families and 27.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.20% of those under age 18 and 12.90% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 64,757 people, 23,578 households, and 12,453 families residing in the county. The population density was 128.6 inhabitants per square mile (49.7/km2). There were 26,385 housing units at an average density of 52.4 per square mile (20.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 91.8% white, 2.7% black or African American, 2.7% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.4% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 22.1% were German, 15.2% were American, 14.0% were Irish, 10.4% were English, and 5.5% were Italian.

Of the 23,578 households, 24.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.3% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 47.2% were non-families, and 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.87. The median age was 26.3 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,559 and the median income for a family was $48,170. Males had a median income of $38,135 versus $31,263 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,642. About 16.6% of families and 30.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.6% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.

Public lands

Federal lands

  • Belleville Lock and Dam Public Access Area (Troy Township)
  • Tom Jenkins Dam (at Burr Oak State Park, Trimble Township)
  • Wayne National Forest (Dover, York, Trimble, Canaan Townships)

State lands

  • Burr Oak State Park
  • Strouds Run State Park
  • Acadia Cliffs State Nature Preserve
  • Fox Lake Wildlife Area
  • Waterloo Wildlife Research Station
  • Marie J. Desonier State Nature Preserve
  • Riddle State Nature Preserve
  • Gifford State Forest
  • Waterloo State Forest
  • Zaleski State Forest

County properties

  • Ferndale Park
  • County Farm
  • Hockhocking-Adena Bike Path
  • Moonville Rail-Trail

Communities

Map of Athens County Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Athens County, Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels

Cities

Villages

Townships

  • Alexander
  • Ames
  • Athens
  • Bern
  • Canaan
  • Carthage
  • Dover
  • Lee
  • Lodi
  • Rome
  • Trimble
  • Troy
  • Waterloo
  • York

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


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