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Hardin County
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Country  United States
State  Ohio
Founded March 1, 1833
Named for John Hardin
Seat Kenton
Largest city Kenton
Area
 • Total 471 sq mi (1,220 km2)
 • Land 470 sq mi (1,200 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)  0.1%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 30,696
 • Density 65.17/sq mi (25.163/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 5th

Hardin County is a county located in the west central portion of the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2020 census, the population was 30,696. Its county seat is Kenton. The county was created in 1820 and later organized in 1833. It is named for John Hardin, an officer in the American Revolution.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 471 square miles (1,220 km2), of which 470 square miles (1,200 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (0.1%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 22
1830 210 854.5%
1840 4,598 2,089.5%
1850 8,251 79.4%
1860 13,570 64.5%
1870 18,714 37.9%
1880 27,023 44.4%
1890 28,939 7.1%
1900 31,187 7.8%
1910 30,407 −2.5%
1920 29,167 −4.1%
1930 27,635 −5.3%
1940 27,061 −2.1%
1950 28,673 6.0%
1960 29,633 3.3%
1970 30,813 4.0%
1980 32,719 6.2%
1990 31,111 −4.9%
2000 31,945 2.7%
2010 32,058 0.4%
2020 30,696 −4.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 32,058 people, 11,762 households, and 7,950 families living in the county. The population density was 68.1 inhabitants per square mile (26.3/km2). There were 13,100 housing units at an average density of 27.8 per square mile (10.7/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.7% white, 0.8% black or African American, 0.6% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.3% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 33.0% were German, 15.1% were Irish, 13.2% were American, and 9.6% were English.

Of the 11,762 households, 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.4% were non-families, and 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.05. The median age was 34.7 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,343 and the median income for a family was $55,274. Males had a median income of $41,191 versus $32,313 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,100. About 9.6% of families and 16.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.5% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Airports

Ada Airport (FAA LID: 0D7) is a privately owned, public-use airport located one nautical mile (1.85 km) northwest of the central business district of Ada, a village in Hardin County.

Hardin County Airport (FAA LID: I95) is the largest paved facility and is located 3 miles south of Kenton, Ohio on CR 135. The runway is 4,803 feet long at an elevation of 1,030 feet. Maintenance, fuel and storage are available.

Major highways

  • US 68
  • SR 31
  • SR 37
  • SR 53
  • SR 67
  • SR 117
  • SR 195
  • SR 235
  • SR 273
  • SR 292
  • SR 309
  • SR 385

Science

Currently there is a working Artesian aquifer operating in the county.

Communities

Map of Hardin County Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Hardin County, Ohio with Municipal and Township Labels

City

Villages

Townships

  • Blanchard
  • Buck
  • Cessna
  • Dudley
  • Goshen
  • Hale
  • Jackson
  • Liberty
  • Lynn
  • Marion
  • McDonald
  • Pleasant
  • Roundhead
  • Taylor Creek
  • Washington

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated communities

Notable people

From Kenton

  • John R. Goodin, Democratic congressman from Kansas
  • William Lawrence, Republican congressman involved with the attempt to impeach Andrew Johnson
  • Jacob Parrott, first recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Paul Robinson, creator of the long-running "Etta Kett" comic strip for King Features Syndicate
  • Brigadier General John (Mike) Murray

From Ada

  • Rollo May, an American existential psychologist
  • Lee Tressel, football coach, father of former Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel
  • John Berton, award-winning computer graphics animator and visual effects supervisor.
  • Carey Orr, cartoonist.

From Alger From Dunkirk

  • Willard Rhodes, ethnomusicologist (1901–1992)
  • Dean Pees, NFL coach
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