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Perry County, Ohio
Seal of Perry County, Ohio
Map
Map of Ohio highlighting Perry County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the USA highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded March 1, 1818
Seat New Lexington
Largest village New Lexington
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

412 sq mi (1,067 km²)
408 sq mi (1,057 km²)
4.5 sq mi (12 km²), 1.1%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

36,058
88/sq mi (34/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: http://www.perrycountyohio.net/
Named for: Oliver Hazard Perry

Perry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36,058. Its county seat is New Lexington. Founded on March 1, 1818, from parts of Fairfield, Washington and Muskingum counties, it was the 55th county to be formed in Ohio. The county is named for Oliver Hazard Perry, a hero of the War of 1812.

Perry County is included in the Columbus, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area.

One of the poorest counties in the state, this is where the lawsuit challenging Ohio's school funding system, DeRolph v. State, began.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 412 square miles (1,070 km2), of which 408 square miles (1,060 km2) is land and 4.5 square miles (12 km2) (1.1%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Wayne National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 8,429
1830 13,970 65.7%
1840 19,344 38.5%
1850 20,775 7.4%
1860 19,678 −5.3%
1870 18,453 −6.2%
1880 28,218 52.9%
1890 31,151 10.4%
1900 31,841 2.2%
1910 35,396 11.2%
1920 36,098 2.0%
1930 31,445 −12.9%
1940 31,087 −1.1%
1950 28,999 −6.7%
1960 27,864 −3.9%
1970 27,434 −1.5%
1980 31,032 13.1%
1990 31,557 1.7%
2000 34,078 8.0%
2010 36,058 5.8%
Est. 2015 35,985 −0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 34,078 people, 12,500 households, and 9,350 families residing in the county. The population density was 83 people per square mile (32/km²). There were 13,655 housing units at an average density of 33 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.54% White, 0.22% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.09% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. 0.45% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,500 households out of which 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.1% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.2% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.1% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.4 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,383, and the median income for a family was $40,294. Males had a median income of $31,664 versus $21,147 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,674. About 9.4% of families and 11.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.2% of those under age 18 and 12.70% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 36,058 people, 13,576 households, and 9,738 families residing in the county. The population density was 88.4 inhabitants per square mile (34.1/km2). There were 15,211 housing units at an average density of 37.3 per square mile (14.4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.9% white, 0.3% black or African American, 0.2% American Indian, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 25.4% were German, 14.9% were Irish, 10.4% were English, and 9.6% were American.

Of the 13,576 households, 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.3% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.3% were non-families, and 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.06. The median age was 38.6 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,388 and the median income for a family was $50,489. Males had a median income of $39,305 versus $31,112 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,916. About 14.2% of families and 18.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.4% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

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

Villages

Townships

  • Bearfield
  • Clayton
  • Coal
  • Harrison
  • Hopewell
  • Jackson
  • Madison
  • Monday Creek
  • Monroe
  • Pike
  • Pleasant
  • Reading
  • Salt Lick
  • Thorn

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

Ghost towns


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