Morrow County, Ohio facts for kids
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Location within the U.S. state of Ohio
Ohio's location within the U.S.
|Founded||March 1, 1848|
|Named for||Jeremiah Morrow|
|Largest village||Mount Gilead|
|• Total||407 sq mi (1,050 km2)|
|• Land||406 sq mi (1,050 km2)|
|• Water||1.1 sq mi (3 km2) 0.3%%|
|• Density||85.87/sq mi (33.16/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Morrow County is a county located in the central portion of the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2020 census, the population was 34,950. Its county seat is Mount Gilead. The county was organized in 1848 from parts of four neighboring counties and named for Jeremiah Morrow who was the Governor of Ohio from 1822 to 1826. Shawnee people used the area for hunting purposes before white settlers arrived in the early 19th century.
Morrow County is included in the Columbus, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area.
In 2010, the center of population of Ohio was located in Morrow County, near the village of Marengo.
Morrow County's historic World War I Victory Shaft, unique in the United States, is located in the center of downtown Mount Gilead. Other areas interesting to the tourist include: Mount Gilead State Park; Amish farms and businesses near Johnsville and Chesterville; the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course near Steam Corners; the rolling Allegheny foothills of eastern Morrow County; the site of the birthplace of President Warren G. Harding near Blooming Grove; the site of the former Ohio Central College in Iberia; the early 19th-century architecture of buildings in Chesterville, Ohio; the Revolutionary War Soldiers' Memorial in Mount Gilead; the Civil War monument in Cardington; and the mid-19th-century architecture of the Morrow County Courthouse and Old Jail in Mount Gilead.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 407 square miles (1,050 km2), of which 406 square miles (1,050 km2) is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) (0.3%) is water. Morrow County is considered to be a part of "Central Ohio."
- Crawford County (north)
- Richland County (northeast)
- Knox County (southeast)
- Delaware County (southwest)
- Marion County (west)
Ossing Run is located in Cardington, Ohio
|Main source||968 ft (295 m)
40°31′23″N 82°57′05″W / 40.52306°N 82.95139°W
|River mouth||40°29′57″N 82°56′40″W / 40.49917°N 82.94444°W|
|Length||1.6 mi (2.6 km)|
Ossing Run is a tributary of Shaw Creek that flows through Morrow County, Ohio. Shaw Creek flows into Whetstone Creek which is located adjacent to Cardington, Ohio. The United States Geological Survey’s Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) classifies Ossing Run as a stream with an identification number of 2761345. The feature name was entered into the GNIS system in April 2014.
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 34,827 people, 12,855 households, and 9,578 families living in the county. The population density was 85.8 inhabitants per square mile (33.1/km2). There were 14,155 housing units at an average density of 34.9 per square mile (13.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.7% white, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.1% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 30.8% were German, 16.1% were American, 14.4% were Irish, and 13.3% were English.
Of the 12,855 households, 35.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.5% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 25.5% were non-families, and 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.08. The median age was 39.5 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $49,891 and the median income for a family was $55,980. Males had a median income of $41,096 versus $32,911 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,795. About 7.5% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.9% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.
- Galion (part)
- Mount Gilead (county seat)
- North Bloomfield
- South Bloomfield
- Candlewood Lake
- Tim Belcher, former Major League Baseball pitcher
- Richard Dillingham, Quaker abolitionist
- Frank W. Gunsaulus, pastor
- Albert P. Halfhill, businessman, father of the tuna packing industry was born in the county.
- Warren G. Harding, U.S. President
- Dawn Powell, author
- Esther Tuttle Pritchard (1840–1900), minister, editor
- Samuel Newitt Wood, politician and women's rights advocate