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Wood County
Wood County Courthouse and Jail in Bowling Green, Ohio
Flag of Wood County
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Official seal of Wood County
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Map of Ohio highlighting Wood 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 April 1, 1820
Named for Captain Eleazer D. Wood
Seat Bowling Green
Largest city Bowling Green
Area
 • Total 620 sq mi (1,600 km2)
 • Land 617 sq mi (1,600 km2)
 • Water 3.3 sq mi (9 km2)  0.5%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 132,248
 • Density 213.3/sq mi (82.4/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 5th

Wood County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2020 census, the population was 132,248. Its county seat is Bowling Green. The county was named for Captain Eleazer D. Wood, the engineer for General William Henry Harrison's army, who built Fort Meigs in the War of 1812.

Wood County is part of the Toledo, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its diagonal northwest border is formed by the Maumee River, which has its mouth at Maumee Bay on Lake Erie.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 620 square miles (1,600 km2), of which 617 square miles (1,600 km2) is land and 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2) (0.5%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 733
1830 1,102 50.3%
1840 5,357 386.1%
1850 9,157 70.9%
1860 17,886 95.3%
1870 24,596 37.5%
1880 34,022 38.3%
1890 44,392 30.5%
1900 51,555 16.1%
1910 46,330 −10.1%
1920 44,892 −3.1%
1930 50,320 12.1%
1940 51,796 2.9%
1950 59,605 15.1%
1960 72,596 21.8%
1970 89,722 23.6%
1980 107,372 19.7%
1990 113,269 5.5%
2000 121,065 6.9%
2010 125,488 3.7%
2020 132,248 5.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 125,488 people, 49,043 households, and 30,923 families living in the county. The population density was 203.3 inhabitants per square mile (78.5/km2). There were 53,376 housing units at an average density of 86.5 per square mile (33.4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.8% white, 2.4% black or African American, 1.5% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 1.3% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 40.8% were German, 14.4% were Irish, 10.4% were English, 6.7% were Polish, and 5.2% were American.

Of the 49,043 households, 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.1% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.9% were non-families, and 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.98. The median age was 35.3 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $53,298 and the median income for a family was $69,768. Males had a median income of $51,038 versus $35,472 for females. The per capita income for the county was $26,671. About 6.4% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.5% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.

Library

The Wood County District Public Library serves the county from its administrative offices in Bowling Green and a branch in Walbridge. In 2006, the library loaned 547,422 items and provided 1,121 programs to its patrons. Total holdings in 2006 were nearly 155,000 volumes with over 250 periodical subscriptions.

Communities

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

Cities

Villages

Townships

  • Bloom
  • Center
  • Freedom
  • Grand Rapids
  • Henry
  • Jackson
  • Lake
  • Liberty
  • Middleton
  • Milton
  • Montgomery
  • Perry
  • Perrysburg
  • Plain
  • Portage
  • Troy
  • Washington
  • Webster
  • Weston

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Economy

According to the 2019 Wood County Comprehensive annual report, these were the largest employers in the county.

# Employer # of employees
1 Bowling Green State University 3,300
2 Magna 2,200
3 First Solar, Inc 1,200
4 Owens Community College 1,000
5 Waltrust/Walgreen Company 1,000
6 Wood County Hospital 875
7 Wood County 842
8 FedEx Ground 800
9 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles 800
10 Home Depot 750

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