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Preble County
Preble County Courthouse
Preble County Courthouse
Official seal of Preble County
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Map of Ohio highlighting Preble County
Location within the U.S. state of Ohio
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Ohio's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Ohio
Founded March 1, 1808
Named for Edward Preble
Seat Eaton
Largest city Eaton
Area
 • Total 426 sq mi (1,100 km2)
 • Land 424 sq mi (1,100 km2)
 • Water 2.3 sq mi (6 km2)  0.5%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 40,999
 • Density 96.24/sq mi (37.16/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 8th

Preble County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2020 census, the population was 40,999, down 3.0% from the 2010 census population of 42,270. Its county seat is Eaton. The county was formed on February 15, 1808 from portions of Butler and Montgomery Counties. It is named for Edward Preble, a naval officer who fought in the American Revolutionary War and against the Barbary Pirates.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 426 square miles (1,100 km2), of which 424 square miles (1,100 km2) is land and 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) (0.5%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Rivers and streams

  • Big Ole Fat Creek
  • Four Mile Creek
  • Harker's Run
  • Seven Mile Creek
  • Twin Creek
  • Prices Creek
  • Goose's Creek
  • Blair stream
  • Lake Farva
  • Joey creek

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 3,304
1820 10,237 209.8%
1830 16,291 59.1%
1840 19,482 19.6%
1850 21,736 11.6%
1860 21,820 0.4%
1870 21,809 −0.1%
1880 24,533 12.5%
1890 23,421 −4.5%
1900 23,713 1.2%
1910 23,834 0.5%
1920 23,238 −2.5%
1930 22,455 −3.4%
1940 23,329 3.9%
1950 27,081 16.1%
1960 32,498 20.0%
1970 34,719 6.8%
1980 38,223 10.1%
1990 40,113 4.9%
2000 42,337 5.5%
2010 42,270 −0.2%
2020 40,999 −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2020

2020 census

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 40,999 living in the county. The racial makeup of the county was 94.8% white, 0.5% black or African American, 0.2% American Indian, 0.4% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from other races, and 3.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity made up 0.9% of the population.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 42,270 people, 16,341 households, and 11,867 families living in the county. The population density was 99.7 inhabitants per square mile (38.5/km2). There were 17,888 housing units at an average density of 42.2 per square mile (16.3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.6% white, 0.4% black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.6% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 34.3% were German, 14.6% were Irish, 12.7% were American, and 11.5% were English.

Of the 16,341 households, 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.5% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.4% were non-families, and 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.99. The median age was 40.9 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $49,780 and the median income for a family was $57,711. Males had a median income of $46,383 versus $30,876 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,290. About 6.3% of families and 9.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.1% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Map of Preble County Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Preble County, Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels

City

Villages

Townships

  • Dixon
  • Gasper
  • Gratis
  • Harrison
  • Israel
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Lanier
  • Monroe
  • Somers
  • Twin
  • Washington

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated communities

Education

Public school districts

  • Eaton Community Schools
    • Eaton High School, Eaton (the Eagles)
  • National Trail Local School District
    • National Trail High School, New Paris (the Blazers)
  • Preble Shawnee Local School District
    • Preble Shawnee High School, Camden (the Arrows)
  • Tri-County North Local School District
    • Tri-County North High School, Lewisburg (the Panthers)
  • Twin Valley Community Local School District
    • Twin Valley South High School, West Alexandria (the Panthers)
  • Union County College Corner Joint School District (the Patriots)
    • College Corner Union School (grades K-5) is physically located in both Ohio and Indiana (the state line runs through the middle of the building) and serves students from both College Corner, Ohio, and West College Corner, Indiana. After finishing fifth grade, Preble County students attend Union County Middle School and Union County High School, both located across the state line in Liberty, Indiana.

Higher education

  • Sinclair Community College
    • Preble County Learning Center, Eaton

Notable residents

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