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|Founded||March 1, 1818|
|Named for||Hocking River, perhaps from the Lenape language for "bottle river"|
|• Total||424 sq mi (1,100 km2)|
|• Land||421 sq mi (1,090 km2)|
|• Water||2.3 sq mi (6 km2) 0.5%%|
|• Density||66.16/sq mi (25.54/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Hocking County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2020 census, the population was 28,050. Its county seat is Logan. The county was organized on March 1, 1818, from land given by Athens, Fairfield, and Ross counties. Its name is from the Hocking River, the origins of which are disputed but is said to be a Delaware Indian word meaning "bottle river".
Hocking County is included in the Columbus, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 424 square miles (1,100 km2), of which 421 square miles (1,090 km2) is land and 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) (0.5%) is water.
The major waterway of Hocking County is the Hocking River, which flows roughly from WNW to ESE, arising in Fairfield County and flowing from Hocking County into Athens County. This river drains about half the county. To the southwest, much of the rest of the county is drained by Salt Creek, which flows from there into Vinton County. A small part of the southeastern county is drained by Raccoon Creek, which also flows into Vinton County. The easternmost area of the county is within the Monday Creek watershed. A small area in the north of the county is drained by Rush Creek.
- Perry County (northeast)
- Athens County (southeast)
- Vinton County (south)
- Ross County (southwest)
- Pickaway County (west)
- Fairfield County (northwest)
National protected area
- Wayne National Forest (part)
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 29,380 people, 11,369 households, and 7,948 families living in the county. The population density was 69.7 inhabitants per square mile (26.9/km2). There were 13,417 housing units at an average density of 31.8 per square mile (12.3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.5% white, 0.7% black or African American, 0.3% American Indian, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 25.3% were German, 15.0% were American, 14.1% were Irish, and 9.0% were English.
Of the 11,369 households, 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.9% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.1% were non-families, and 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.98. The median age was 40.9 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $39,586 and the median income for a family was $48,796. Males had a median income of $39,219 versus $30,371 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,048. About 12.3% of families and 15.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.7% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.
- Logan (county seat)
- Good Hope
- Salt Creek
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