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Noble County
County
The Noble County Courthouse in Caldwell in 2007
The Noble County Courthouse in Caldwell in 2007
Flag of Noble County
Flag
Official seal of Noble County
Seal
Map of Ohio highlighting Noble County
Location within the U.S. state of Ohio
Map of the United States highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location within the U.S.
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Country  United States
State  Ohio
Founded April 1, 1851
Named for either James Noble or Warren P. Noble
Seat Caldwell
Largest village Caldwell
Area
 • Total 405 sq mi (1,050 km2)
 • Land 398 sq mi (1,030 km2)
 • Water 6.6 sq mi (17 km2)  1.6%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 14,115
 • Density 34.85/sq mi (13.456/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 6th

Noble County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2020 census, the population was 14,115, making it the fourth-least populous county in Ohio. Its county seat is Caldwell. The county is named for Rep. Warren P. Noble of the Ohio House of Representatives, who was an early settler there.

History

Noble County was formed on March 11, 1851 from portions of Guernsey, Morgan, Monroe and Washington counties.

Noble County was home to the first North American oil well, the Thorla-McKee Well, discovered in 1814. It was the last of Ohio's 88 counties to be formed, in 1851. In 1925, a United States Navy dirigible, USS Shenandoah (ZR-1), was caught in a storm over Noble County, and broke into several pieces. Of those on board, 14 were killed and 29 survived.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 405 square miles (1,050 km2), of which 398 square miles (1,030 km2) is land and 6.6 square miles (17 km2) (1.6%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Wayne National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 20,751
1870 19,949 −3.9%
1880 21,138 6.0%
1890 20,753 −1.8%
1900 19,466 −6.2%
1910 18,601 −4.4%
1920 17,849 −4.0%
1930 14,961 −16.2%
1940 14,587 −2.5%
1950 11,750 −19.4%
1960 10,982 −6.5%
1970 10,428 −5.0%
1980 11,310 8.5%
1990 11,336 0.2%
2000 14,058 24.0%
2010 14,645 4.2%
2020 14,115 −3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 14,645 people, 4,852 households, and 3,394 families living in the county. The population density was 36.8 inhabitants per square mile (14.2/km2). There were 6,053 housing units at an average density of 15.2 per square mile (5.9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.1% white, 2.5% black or African American, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 25.9% were German, 13.1% were Irish, 9.1% were American, and 9.0% were English.

Of the 4,852 households, 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.0% were non-families, and 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.94. The median age was 48.6 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,500 and the median income for a family was $44,773. Males had a median income of $42,456 versus $29,551 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,029. About 11.6% of families and 14.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.9% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Map of Noble County Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Noble County, Ohio with municipal and township labels

Villages

Townships

  • Beaver
  • Brookfield
  • Buffalo
  • Center
  • Elk
  • Enoch
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Marion
  • Noble
  • Olive
  • Seneca
  • Sharon
  • Stock
  • Wayne

Unincorporated communities

Education

Noble County is served by the Caldwell Exempted Village School District and Noble Local School District.

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