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Belmont County, Ohio
Seal of Belmont County, Ohio
Map
Map of Ohio highlighting Belmont County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the USA highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded March 1, 1815
Seat St. Clairsville
Largest City Martins Ferry
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

541 sq mi (1,401 km²)
532 sq mi (1,378 km²)
9.1 sq mi (24 km²), 1.7%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

70,400
132/sq mi (51/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.belmontcountyohio.org
Named for: "beautiful mountain" in French

Belmont County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 70,400. Its county seat is St. Clairsville. The county was created in 1801 and later organized in 1815. It takes its name from the French for "beautiful mountain".

Belmont County is part of the Wheeling, WV-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is the only Belmont County nationwide.

History

Belmont County was formed from Jefferson and Washington counties, September 7, 1801.
In 1976, Belmont County became the first American county to elect a female sheriff, Katherine Crumbly.

In 1987, Michael A Massa, a county resident, created and dedicated the County's first Official Seal and Flag to the people of Belmont County (photo of county seal featured above the county map- see vignette at above right). The citizens of the county held an informal election to select the winning seal and flag, and the event was featured nationally on the Paul Harvey Show.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 541 square miles (1,400 km2), of which 532 square miles (1,380 km2) is land and 9.1 square miles (24 km2) (1.7%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 11,097
1820 20,329 83.2%
1830 28,627 40.8%
1840 30,901 7.9%
1850 34,600 12.0%
1860 36,398 5.2%
1870 39,714 9.1%
1880 49,638 25.0%
1890 57,413 15.7%
1900 60,875 6.0%
1910 76,856 26.3%
1920 93,193 21.3%
1930 94,719 1.6%
1940 95,614 0.9%
1950 87,740 −8.2%
1960 83,864 −4.4%
1970 80,917 −3.5%
1980 82,569 2.0%
1990 71,074 −13.9%
2000 70,226 −1.2%
2010 70,400 0.2%
Est. 2015 69,154 −1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 70,226 people, 28,309 households, and 19,250 families residing in the county. The population density was 131 people per square mile (50/km²). There were 31,236 housing units at an average density of 58 per square mile (22/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.98% White, 3.64% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 0.39% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 20.2% were of German, 12.5% Irish, 12.0% American, 10.3% English, 10.2% Italian and 9.0% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 28,309 households out of which 28.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.10% were married couples living together, 11.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.00% were non-families. 28.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.80% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 18.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 96.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,714, and the median income for a family was $37,538. Males had a median income of $31,211 versus $19,890 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,221. About 11.70% of families and 14.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.40% of those under age 18 and 9.80% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 70,400 people, 28,679 households, and 18,761 families residing in the county. The population density was 132.3 inhabitants per square mile (51.1/km2). There were 32,452 housing units at an average density of 61.0 per square mile (23.6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 94.0% white, 4.0% black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.6% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 26.0% were German, 17.9% were Irish, 12.4% were English, 10.1% were Italian, 9.0% were Polish, and 6.2% were American.

Of the 28,679 households, 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.6% were non-families, and 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.85. The median age was 43.4 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,320 and the median income for a family was $47,214. Males had a median income of $42,022 versus $26,926 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,266. About 12.1% of families and 15.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.4% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

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

Cities

Villages

Townships

  • Colerain
  • Flushing
  • Goshen
  • Kirkwood
  • Mead
  • Pease
  • Pultney
  • Richland
  • Smith
  • Somerset
  • Union
  • Warren
  • Washington
  • Wayne
  • Wheeling
  • York

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


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