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Washington County, Ohio
Seal of Washington County, Ohio
Map
Map of Ohio highlighting Washington County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the USA highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 27 July, 1788
Seat Marietta
Largest City Marietta
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

640 sq mi (1,658 km²)
632 sq mi (1,637 km²)
8.0 sq mi (21 km²), 1.3%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

61,778
98/sq mi (38/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.washingtongov.org/
Named for: George Washington
County flag Flag of Washington County, Ohio

Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 61,778. Its county seat is Marietta. The county, the oldest in the state, is named for George Washington.

Washington County comprises the Marietta, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH Combined Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 640 square miles (1,700 km2), of which 632 square miles (1,640 km2) is land and 8.0 square miles (21 km2) (1.3%) is water. It is the fifth-largest county in Ohio by land area.

Washington County's southern and eastern boundary is the Ohio River. The Muskingum River, Little Muskingum River, Duck Creek, and the Little Hocking River flow through the county to the Ohio River.

Adjacent counties

Protected areas

  • Wayne National Forest (part)
  • Boord State Nature Preserve

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 5,427
1810 5,991 10.4%
1820 10,425 74.0%
1830 11,731 12.5%
1840 20,823 77.5%
1850 29,540 41.9%
1860 36,268 22.8%
1870 40,609 12.0%
1880 43,244 6.5%
1890 42,380 −2.0%
1900 48,245 13.8%
1910 45,422 −5.9%
1920 43,049 −5.2%
1930 42,437 −1.4%
1940 43,537 2.6%
1950 44,407 2.0%
1960 51,689 16.4%
1970 57,160 10.6%
1980 64,266 12.4%
1990 62,254 −3.1%
2000 63,251 1.6%
2010 61,778 −2.3%
Est. 2015 61,112 −1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 63,251 people, 25,137 households, and 17,671 families residing in the county. The population density was 100 people per square mile (38/km²). There were 27,760 housing units at an average density of 44 per square mile (17/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.33% White, 0.92% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. 0.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 29.5% were of German, 23.4% American, 12.3% English and 11.0% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 25,137 households out of which 30.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.90% were married couples living together, 9.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.70% were non-families. 25.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.50% under the age of 18, 8.80% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 25.10% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,275, and the median income for a family was $41,605. Males had a median income of $32,034 versus $21,346 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,082. About 8.60% of families and 11.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.70% of those under age 18 and 10.20% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 61,778 people, 25,587 households, and 17,092 families residing in the county. The population density was 97.8 inhabitants per square mile (37.8/km2). There were 28,367 housing units at an average density of 44.9 per square mile (17.3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.5% white, 1.1% black or African American, 0.6% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.7% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 29.3% were German, 16.7% were Irish, 11.8% were English, and 10.7% were American.

Of the 25,587 households, 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.2% were non-families, and 28.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.84. The median age was 43.0 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,654 and the median income for a family was $53,131. Males had a median income of $42,460 versus $28,828 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,786. About 10.8% of families and 15.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.5% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Map of Washington County Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Washington County, Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels
Marietta Ohio Muskingum River
Downtown Marietta and the Muskingum River in July 2006

Cities

Villages

Townships

  • Adams
  • Aurelius
  • Barlow
  • Belpre
  • Decatur
  • Dunham
  • Fairfield
  • Fearing
  • Grandview
  • Independence
  • Lawrence
  • Liberty
  • Ludlow
  • Marietta
  • Muskingum
  • Newport
  • Palmer
  • Salem
  • Warren
  • Waterford
  • Watertown
  • Wesley

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


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