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Licking County, Ohio
Seal of Licking County, Ohio
Map
Map of Ohio highlighting Licking County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the USA highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded March 1, 1808
Seat Newark
Largest City Newark
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

687 sq mi (1,779 km²)
683 sq mi (1,769 km²)
5.0 sq mi (13 km²), 0.7%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

166,492
244/sq mi (94/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.lcounty.com
Named for: Salt licks

Licking County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 166,492. Its county seat is Newark. The county was formed on January 30, 1808 from portions of Fairfield County. It is named for the salt licks that were in the area.

Licking County is part of the Columbus, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 687 square miles (1,780 km2), of which 683 square miles (1,770 km2) is land and 5.0 square miles (13 km2) (0.7%) is water. It is the third-largest county in Ohio by land area.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

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Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 3,852
1820 11,861 207.9%
1830 20,869 75.9%
1840 35,096 68.2%
1850 38,846 10.7%
1860 37,011 −4.7%
1870 35,756 −3.4%
1880 40,450 13.1%
1890 43,279 7.0%
1900 47,070 8.8%
1910 55,590 18.1%
1920 56,426 1.5%
1930 59,962 6.3%
1940 62,279 3.9%
1950 70,645 13.4%
1960 90,242 27.7%
1970 107,799 19.5%
1980 120,981 12.2%
1990 128,300 6.0%
2000 145,491 13.4%
2010 166,492 14.4%
Est. 2015 170,570 2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 146,491 people, 55,609 households, and 40,149 families residing in the county. The population density was 212 people per square mile (82/km²). There were 58,760 housing units at an average density of 86 per square mile (33/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.64% White, 2.06% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. 0.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 55,609 households out of which 34.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.50% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 23.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.00% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 29.40% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 11.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $44,124, and the median income for a family was $51,969. Males had a median income of $37,957 versus $26,884 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,581. About 5.50% of families and 7.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.10% of those under age 18 and 7.50% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 166,492 people, 63,989 households, and 45,162 families residing in the county. The population density was 243.9 inhabitants per square mile (94.2/km2). There were 69,291 housing units at an average density of 101.5 per square mile (39.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.2% white, 3.4% black or African American, 0.7% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 29.5% were German, 16.0% were Irish, 13.0% were English, 10.8% were American, and 5.5% were Italian.

Of the 63,989 households, 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.4% were non-families, and 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.00. The median age was 39.1 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $53,291 and the median income for a family was $64,386. Males had a median income of $47,391 versus $37,054 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,534. About 8.2% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.7% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.

Places of interest

Ohio Newark Great Circle09
View from a section of the Great Circle Earthworks, part of the Newark Earthworks.
  • Newark Earthworks
  • Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve
  • Flint Ridge State Memorial
  • Dawes Arboretum
  • Ye Olde Mill in Utica (where Velvet ice cream is produced) [1]
  • Heisey Glass Museum [2]
  • Longaberger Basket Facility (Main office building is a 7-story replica basket, the largest in the world)
  • National Trail Raceway - NHRA Approved Dragway [3]
  • Denison University
  • Home Building Association Bank

Communities

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

Cities

Villages

Townships

  • Bennington
  • Bowling Green
  • Burlington
  • Eden
  • Etna Township
  • Fallsbury
  • Franklin
  • Granville
  • Hanover
  • Harrison
  • Hartford
  • Hopewell
  • Jersey
  • Liberty
  • Licking
  • Madison
  • Mary Ann
  • McKean
  • Monroe
  • Newark
  • Newton
  • Perry
  • St. Albans
  • Union
  • Washington

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

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