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Harrison County
Harrison County Courthouse
Official seal of Harrison County
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Map of Ohio highlighting Harrison 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 February 1, 1813
Named for William Henry Harrison
Seat Cadiz
Largest village Cadiz
Area
 • Total 411 sq mi (1,060 km2)
 • Land 402 sq mi (1,040 km2)
 • Water 8.4 sq mi (22 km2)  2.1%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 15,864
 • Density 39/sq mi (15/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 6th
Conotton Creek Trail Mile 0
The Conotton Creek Trail begins in Bowerston.

Harrison County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,864, making it the fifth-least populous county in Ohio. Its county seat is Cadiz. The county is named for General William Henry Harrison, who was later President of the United States.

History

Harrison County was formed from parts of Jefferson and Tuscarawas Counties in 1813. The county was named after General William Henry Harrison, the hero of the battle of Tippecanoe in the War of 1812 <(and later to become the 9th US President).

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 411 square miles (1,060 km2), of which 402 square miles (1,040 km2) is land and 8.4 square miles (22 km2) (2.1%) is water.

On May 16, 2013 the Chicago Tribune Business section reported that the Utica Shale underlying Harrison County shows promise as a tight oil production zone. To produce tight oil in large quantities would require horizontal drilling and fracturing of the shale formation as is being done in North Dakota and Texas.

Adjacent counties

Conotton Creek Trail

The Conotton Creek Trail is a rails-to-trails path that runs along Conotton Creek from Bowerston to Jewett in northern Harrison County, Ohio. The paved multi-use trail is 11.4 miles or 18.3 kilometers long.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 14,345
1830 20,916 45.8%
1840 20,099 −3.9%
1850 20,157 0.3%
1860 19,110 −5.2%
1870 18,682 −2.2%
1880 20,456 9.5%
1890 20,830 1.8%
1900 20,486 −1.7%
1910 19,076 −6.9%
1920 19,625 2.9%
1930 18,844 −4.0%
1940 20,313 7.8%
1950 19,054 −6.2%
1960 17,995 −5.6%
1970 17,013 −5.5%
1980 18,152 6.7%
1990 16,085 −11.4%
2000 15,856 −1.4%
2010 15,864 0.1%
2015 (est.) 15,450 −2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 15,864 people, 6,526 households, and 4,452 families residing in the county. The population density was 39.4 inhabitants per square mile (15.2/km2). There were 8,170 housing units at an average density of 20.3 per square mile (7.8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.9% white, 2.1% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 20.9% were German, 15.5% were Irish, 9.0% were English, 8.9% were American, and 5.7% were Polish.

Of the 6,526 households, 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.8% were non-families, and 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.88. The median age was 44.4 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,363 and the median income for a family was $44,325. Males had a median income of $38,489 versus $24,063 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,318. About 14.1% of families and 18.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.3% of those under age 18 and 12.6% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

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

Villages

Townships

  • Archer
  • Athens
  • Cadiz
  • Franklin
  • Freeport
  • German
  • Green
  • Monroe
  • Moorefield
  • North
  • Nottingham
  • Rumley
  • Short Creek
  • Stock
  • Washington

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

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