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Van Wert County
Courthouse in Van Wert
Courthouse in Van Wert
Official seal of Van Wert County
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Map of Ohio highlighting Van Wert County
Location within the U.S. state of Ohio
Map of the United States highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Ohio
Founded March 18, 1837
Named for Isaac Van Wart
Seat Van Wert
Largest city Van Wert
Area
 • Total 410 sq mi (1,100 km2)
 • Land 409 sq mi (1,060 km2)
 • Water 1.3 sq mi (3 km2)  0.3%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 28,931
 • Density 70.6/sq mi (27.2/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 5th

Van Wert County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2020 census, the population was 28,931. Its county seat is Van Wert. The county was created in 1820 and later organized in 1837. It is named for Isaac Van Wart, one of the captors of John André in the American Revolutionary War.

Van Wert County comprises the Van Wert, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included within the Lima-Van Wert-Celina, OH Combined Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 410 square miles (1,100 km2), of which 409 square miles (1,060 km2) is land and 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) (0.3%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 49
1840 1,577 3,118.4%
1850 4,793 203.9%
1860 10,238 113.6%
1870 15,823 54.6%
1880 23,028 45.5%
1890 29,671 28.8%
1900 30,394 2.4%
1910 29,119 −4.2%
1920 28,210 −3.1%
1930 26,273 −6.9%
1940 26,759 1.8%
1950 26,971 0.8%
1960 28,840 6.9%
1970 29,194 1.2%
1980 30,458 4.3%
1990 30,464 0.0%
2000 29,659 −2.6%
2010 28,744 −3.1%
2020 28,931 0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 28,744 people, 11,439 households, and 7,921 families living in the county. The population density was 70.3 inhabitants per square mile (27.1/km2). There were 12,615 housing units at an average density of 30.8 per square mile (11.9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.6% white, 0.9% black or African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 0.8% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.6% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 43.6% were German, 12.4% were Irish, 11.5% were English, and 11.0% were American.

Of the 11,439 households, 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.8% were non-families, and 26.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.98. The median age was 40.3 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $44,415 and the median income for a family was $51,215. Males had a median income of $37,408 versus $28,692 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,772. About 6.1% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.7% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

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

Cities

Villages

Townships

  • Harrison
  • Hoaglin
  • Jackson
  • Jennings
  • Liberty
  • Pleasant
  • Ridge
  • Tully
  • Union
  • Washington
  • Willshire
  • York

Unincorporated communities

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