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Licking County Courthouse
Location within the U.S. state of Ohio
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|Founded||March 1, 1808|
|• Total||687 sq mi (1,780 km2)|
|• Land||683 sq mi (1,770 km2)|
|• Water||5.0 sq mi (13 km2) 0.7%%|
|• Density||259.85/sq mi (100.33/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Licking County is a county located in the central portion of the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2020 census, the population was 178,519. Its county seat is Newark. The county was formed on January 30, 1808, from portions of Fairfield County.
It is named after the Licking River, which is thought to be named for the salt licks that were in the area. However, one account explains it as an English pronunciation of the river's indigenous Delaware name W'li/'ik'/nk, which means "where the flood waters recede".
Licking County is part of the Columbus, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area.
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.
- Knox County (north)
- Coshocton County (northeast)
- Muskingum County (east)
- Perry County (southeast)
- Fairfield County (southwest)
- Franklin County (west)
- Delaware County (northwest)
- US 40
- US 62
- SR 13
- SR 16
- SR 37
- SR 79
- SR 146
- SR 161
- SR 586
- SR 657
- SR 661
|U.S. Decennial Census
At the 2010 census, there were 166,492 people, 63,989 households, and 45,162 families living 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 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 household income was $53,291 and the median family income 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
- Newark Earthworks
- Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve
- Flint Ridge State Memorial
- Dawes Arboretum
- Ye Olde Mill in Utica (where Velvet ice cream is produced) 
- Heisey Glass Museum 
- Longaberger Basket Facility (Main office building is a 7-story replica basket, the largest in the world)
- National Trail Raceway - NHRA Approved Dragway 
- Denison University
- Home Building Association Bank
- Columbia Center
- Lloyd Corners
- Locust Grove
- New Way
- Rain Rock
- Union Station
- Welsh Hills
- Wilkins Run
Licking County high school athletic programs include Granville High School, Heath High School, Johnstown-Monroe High School, Lakewood High School, Licking Valley High School, Licking Heights High School, Newark Catholic High School, Newark High School, Northridge High School, Utica High School, and Watkins Memorial High School. In baseball, a state title has been won by a Licking County high school team every year since to 2002, when three Licking County teams won state titles. Newark Catholic High School and Heath High School have combined for nine state titles in a six-year span.
Licking County schools won at least one state title in four straight sport seasons: Heath in both baseball and boys track and field (2007), Newark Catholic in football (2007), Newark in boys basketball (2008) and Lakewood in softball (2008).
In Spanish: Condado de Licking para niños
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