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Brown County
Brown County Courthouse
Official seal of Brown County
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Map of Ohio highlighting Brown County
Location within the U.S. state of Ohio
Map of the United States highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Ohio
Founded 1 March 1818
Named for General Jacob Brown
Seat Georgetown
Largest village Georgetown
Area
 • Total 493 sq mi (1,280 km2)
 • Land 490 sq mi (1,300 km2)
 • Water 3.4 sq mi (9 km2)  0.7%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 43,676
 • Density 88.59/sq mi (34.21/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Brown County is a county in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 43,676. The county seat is Georgetown. The county was created in 1818 and is named for Major General Jacob Brown, an officer in the War of 1812 who was wounded at the Battle of Lundy's Lane.

Brown County is part of the Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

WhiteBurleyTobacco
White burley tobacco monument dedicated on August 7, 1964 and located at the Ohio Tobacco Museum in Ripley.

Among the early settlers to Brown County was Jesse Root Grant, father of Ulysses S. Grant, who built a home and set up a tannery in Georgetown where Ulysses grew up.

Brown County was said to be the place of origin of the White Burley type of tobacco, grown in 1864 by George Webb and Joseph Fore on the farm of Captain Frederick Kautz near Higginsport from seed from Bracken County, Kentucky. He noticed it yielded a different type of light leaf shaded from white to yellow, and cured differently. By 1866, he harvested 20,000 pounds of Burley tobacco and sold it in 1867 at the St. Louis Fair for $58 per hundred pounds. By 1883, the principal market for this tobacco was Cincinnati, but it was grown throughout central Kentucky and Middle Tennessee. Later the type became referred to as burley tobacco, and it was air-cured.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 493 square miles (1,280 km2), of which 490 square miles (1,300 km2) is land and 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2) (0.7%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 13,356
1830 17,867 33.8%
1840 22,715 27.1%
1850 27,332 20.3%
1860 29,958 9.6%
1870 30,802 2.8%
1880 32,911 6.8%
1890 29,899 −9.2%
1900 28,237 −5.6%
1910 24,832 −12.1%
1920 22,621 −8.9%
1930 20,148 −10.9%
1940 21,638 7.4%
1950 22,221 2.7%
1960 25,178 13.3%
1970 26,635 5.8%
1980 31,920 19.8%
1990 34,966 9.5%
2000 42,285 20.9%
2010 44,846 6.1%
2020 43,676 −2.6%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
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2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 44,846 people, 17,014 households, and 12,379 families in the county. The population density was 91.5/sqmi (35.3/km2). There were 19,301 housing units at an average density of 39.4/sqmi (15.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.5% white, 0.9% black or African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.6% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 27.0% were German, 14.2% were Irish, 12.5% were American, and 9.7% were English.

Of the 17,014 households, 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.2% were non-families, and 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.02. The median age was 39.9 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,887 and the median income for a family was $54,184. Males had a median income of $39,049 versus $30,890 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,167. About 9.0% of families and 12.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.2% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

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

Villages

Townships

  • Byrd
  • Clark
  • Eagle
  • Franklin
  • Green
  • Huntington
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Lewis
  • Perry
  • Pike
  • Pleasant
  • Scott
  • Sterling
  • Union
  • Washington

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

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