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Pike County
Pike County Courthouse in Waverly.
Pike County Courthouse in Waverly.
Official seal of Pike County
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Map of Ohio highlighting Pike County
Location within the U.S. state of Ohio
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Ohio's location within the U.S.
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Country  United States
State  Ohio
Founded February 1, 1815
Named for Zebulon Pike
Seat Waverly
Largest city Waverly
Area
 • Total 444 sq mi (1,150 km2)
 • Land 440 sq mi (1,100 km2)
 • Water 3.7 sq mi (10 km2)  0.8%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 27,088
 • Density 61.01/sq mi (23.556/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Pike County is a county located in the Appalachian (southern) region of the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2020 census, the population was 27,088. Its county seat is Waverly. The county is named for explorer Zebulon Pike.

History

Pike County was organized on February 1, 1815, from portions of Scioto, Ross, and Adams Counties, and was named in honor of Zebulon Pike, the explorer and soldier who had recently been killed in the War of 1812.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 444 square miles (1,150 km2), of which 440 square miles (1,100 km2) is land and 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2) (0.8%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 4,253
1830 6,024 41.6%
1840 7,626 26.6%
1850 10,953 43.6%
1860 13,643 24.6%
1870 15,447 13.2%
1880 17,927 16.1%
1890 17,482 −2.5%
1900 18,172 3.9%
1910 15,723 −13.5%
1920 14,151 −10.0%
1930 13,876 −1.9%
1940 16,113 16.1%
1950 14,607 −9.3%
1960 19,380 32.7%
1970 19,114 −1.4%
1980 22,802 19.3%
1990 24,249 6.3%
2000 27,695 14.2%
2010 28,709 3.7%
2020 27,088 −5.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 28,709 people, 11,012 households, and 7,743 families living in the county. The population density was 65.2 inhabitants per square mile (25.2/km2). There were 12,481 housing units at an average density of 28.3 per square mile (10.9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.6% white, 0.9% black or African American, 0.5% American Indian, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 19.3% were German, 14.8% were Irish, 12.9% were English, and 12.5% were American.

Of the 11,012 households, 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.7% were non-families, and 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.02. The median age was 39.2 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,912 and the median income for a family was $43,010. Males had a median income of $40,645 versus $27,422 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,494. About 18.0% of families and 23.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.7% of those under age 18 and 15.2% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

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

Villages

Townships

  • Beaver
  • Benton
  • Camp Creek
  • Jackson
  • Marion
  • Mifflin
  • Newton
  • Pebble
  • Pee Pee
  • Perry
  • Scioto
  • Seal
  • Sunfish
  • Union

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

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