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Athens County, Ohio

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Athens County is a county in southeastern Ohio As of the 2010 census, the population was 64,7572 Its county seat is Athens3 The county was formed in 1805 from Washington County Because the original state university Ohio University was founded there in 1804, the town and the county were named for the ancient center of learning, Athens, Greece4

Athens county comprises the Athens, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area

Contents

  • 1 Geography
    • 11 Adjacent counties
  • 2 Demographics
    • 21 2000 census
    • 22 2010 census
  • 3 Politics
  • 4 Economy
  • 5 Education
    • 51 Colleges and universities
    • 52 K-12 schools
    • 53 Libraries
  • 6 Media
  • 7 Public lands
    • 71 Federal lands
    • 72 State lands
    • 73 County properties
  • 8 Communities
    • 81 Cities
    • 82 Villages
    • 83 Townships
    • 84 Census-designated places
    • 85 Unincorporated communities
  • 9 See also
  • 10 References
  • 11 Further reading
  • 12 External links

Geographyedit

The county has a total area of 508 square miles 1,320 km2, of which 504 square miles 1,310 km2 is land and 48 square miles 12 km2 10% is water5

Athens County is located in the Unglaciated Allegheny Plateau region of Ohio It features steep, rugged hills, with typical relief of 150 to 400 feet, deeply dissected by stream valleys, many of them remnant from the ancient Teays River drainage system Most of Athens County is within the Hocking River watershed, with smaller areas in the Shade River and Raccoon Creek watersheds The Hocking River joins the Ohio River at the unincorporated village of Hockingport in Athens County

Adjacent countiesedit

  • Perry County north
  • Morgan County northeast
  • Washington County east
  • Wood County, West Virginia southeast
  • Meigs County south
  • Vinton County west
  • Hocking County northwest

Demographicsedit

Census
Historical population
Pop
1810 2,791
1820 6,338 1271%
1830 9,787 544%
1840 19,109 952%
1850 18,215 −47%
1860 21,364 173%
1870 23,768 113%
1880 28,411 195%
1890 35,194 239%
1900 38,730 100%
1910 47,798 234%
1920 50,430 55%
1930 44,175 −124%
1940 46,166 45%
1950 45,839 −07%
1960 46,998 25%
1970 54,889 168%
1980 56,399 28%
1990 59,549 56%
2000 62,223 45%
2010 64,757 41%
Est 2016 66,186 22%
US Decennial Census7
1790-19608 1900-19909
1990-200010 2010-20132

2000 censusedit

As of the census11 of 2000, there were 62,223 people, 22,501 households, and 12,713 families residing in the county The population density was 123 people per square mile 47/km² There were 24,901 housing units at an average density of 49 per square mile 19/km² The racial makeup of the county was 9348% White, 239% Black or African American, 028% Native American, 190% Asian, 002% Pacific Islander, 036% from other races, and 156% from two or more races 103% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race 214% were of German, 139% American, 129% Irish, 111% English and 56% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000

There were 22,501 households out of which 2640% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 4350% were married couples living together, 920% had a female householder with no husband present, and 4350% were non-families 2830% of all households were made up of individuals and 830% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 240 and the average family size was 292

In the county, the population was spread out with 1830% under the age of 18, 3070% from 18 to 24, 2370% from 25 to 44, 1800% from 45 to 64, and 930% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 26 years For every 100 females there were 9560 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 9330 males

The median income for a household in the county was $27,322, and the median income for a family was $39,785 Males had a median income of $30,776 versus $23,905 for females The per capita income for the county was $14,171 About 1400% of families and 2740% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2120% of those under age 18 and 1290% of those age 65 or over

2010 censusedit

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 64,757 people, 23,578 households, and 12,453 families residing in the county12 The population density was 1286 inhabitants per square mile 497/km2 There were 26,385 housing units at an average density of 524 per square mile 202/km213 The racial makeup of the county was 918% white, 27% black or African American, 27% Asian, 03% American Indian, 04% from other races, and 21% from two or more races Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 15% of the population12 In terms of ancestry, 221% were German, 152% were American, 140% were Irish, 104% were English, and 55% were Italian14

Of the 23,578 households, 243% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 393% were married couples living together, 92% had a female householder with no husband present, 472% were non-families, and 300% of all households were made up of individuals The average household size was 235 and the average family size was 287 The median age was 263 years12

The median income for a household in the county was $31,559 and the median income for a family was $48,170 Males had a median income of $38,135 versus $31,263 for females The per capita income for the county was $16,642 About 166% of families and 303% of the population were below the poverty line, including 296% of those under age 18 and 92% of those age 65 or over15

Politicsedit

Like most counties dominated by state universities, Athens County is a Democratic stronghold16

Presidential Elections Results17
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 382% 11,354 551% 16,370 67% 1,985
2012 308% 8,543 660% 18,307 32% 878
2008 312% 9,742 663% 20,722 25% 795
2004 361% 10,847 632% 18,998 07% 200
2000 381% 9,703 517% 13,158 102% 2,586
1996 299% 7,154 560% 13,418 141% 3,382
1992 279% 7,184 520% 13,423 201% 5,186
1988 459% 9,314 532% 10,795 09% 172
1984 526% 11,548 465% 10,201 10% 209
1980 413% 8,170 481% 9,514 107% 2,117
1976 441% 8,387 520% 9,896 39% 733
1972 489% 9,735 501% 9,977 10% 203
1968 478% 7,837 448% 7,351 74% 1,212
1964 369% 6,211 631% 10,633
1960 588% 10,747 412% 7,542
1956 644% 10,794 356% 5,959
1952 604% 10,829 396% 7,108
1948 544% 8,902 452% 7,398 03% 54
1944 581% 10,326 419% 7,438
1940 495% 11,213 505% 11,449
1936 415% 9,509 576% 13,205 09% 208
1932 512% 9,897 461% 8,915 28% 531
1928 700% 11,101 287% 4,546 13% 208
1924 582% 8,695 179% 2,669 240% 3,579
1920 615% 11,016 364% 6,523 20% 361
1916 552% 5,554 407% 4,101 41% 411
1912 326% 3,090 252% 2,393 422% 4,00018
1908 616% 6,449 349% 3,654 36% 372
1904 758% 6,352 190% 1,594 51% 430
1900 689% 6,126 284% 2,529 27% 236
1896 610% 5,429 370% 3,293 20% 175
1892 587% 4,458 342% 2,599 71% 540
1888 696% 4,570 245% 1,612 59% 386
1884 592% 3,828 348% 2,252 60% 385
1880 604% 3,645 370% 2,234 26% 154
1876 602% 3,413 387% 2,195 11% 62
1872 676% 3,025 313% 1,398 11% 49

Economyedit

The largest employer in Athens County is Ohio University Other significant employers include Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare, Hocking College, Diagnostic Hybrids, O'Bleness Memorial Hospital, Rocky Brands, Stewart-MacDonald, Wayne National Forest, and a growing number of retail stores and restaurants Local government, local school districts, and nonprofit organizations employ many county residents

Historically, the first large-scale industry was salt production Coal mining and timber harvesting played major roles in Athens County's economy, as did the treatment and care of the mentally ill

The coal industry has declined dramatically from its peak years Only Buckingham Coal is still mining in the county, in Trimble Township north of Glouster Gravel and limestone are mined at several quarries in the county Active oil and natural gas wells are found in low numbers throughout Athens County

Forestry still contributes to the Athens County economy, both in the private sector and in the public sector The headquarters for Wayne National Forest is located between Athens and Nelsonville

Farming and market gardening continue to thrive in the area The largest farms specialize in beef and dairy production The Athens Farmers Market, an outdoor market, continues to grow in popularity Local and organically grown produce is found in abundance during the summer months

Also, tourism is a large and growing component of the county's economy The county is a regional music center and home to many arts and crafts businesses Many visitors to the county are drawn to its natural resources and abundant wildlife Hunting and fishing are popular activities in season The county has over 19 miles of paved bike path in and between Athens and Nelsonville Hiking and mountain biking are popular throughout the county, especially in the state parks and national forest

Higher education remains the cornerstone of the county's economy Over one-quarter of the county's residents either attend or work at Hocking College or Ohio University

Educationedit

Colleges and universitiesedit

Athens County is home to Hocking College in Nelsonville and Ohio University in the city of Athens

K-12 schoolsedit

The residents of Athens County are served by the five school districts: the Alexander Local School District, Athens City School District, the Federal Hocking Local School District, Nelsonville-York City School District, and the Trimble Local School District

Librariesedit

They are also served by the Athens County Public Libraries with branches in Albany, Athens, Chauncey, Coolville, Glouster, Nelsonville, and The Plains

Mediaedit

News publications
  • The Athens Messenger, a daily paper published by the Adams Publishing Group, which also owns The Athens News
  • The Athens News, a free semiweekly tabloid
  • The Post, the student newspaper of Ohio University
  • The Spire, the student newspaper of Hocking College, is published on an occasional basis
Noncommercial Television
  • WOUB-TV, 20 and 27-HD PBS affiliate, Ohio University, Athens
Noncommercial Radio
  • WEAK-FM, 1067, Low Power FM, Athens
  • WOUB-FM, 913 NPR affiliate, Ohio University, Athens
  • WOUB-AM, 1340 NPR affiliate, Ohio University, Athens
  • WLCI-FM, 975 Hocking College student radio, Nelsonville
Commercial Radio
  • WXTQ-FM, 1055 Athens
  • WJKW-FM, 959 Athens
  • WATH-AM, 970 Athens
  • WSEO-FM, 1077 Nelsonville
  • WAIS-AM, 770 Nelsonville

Public landsedit

Federal landsedit

  • Belleville Lock and Dam Public Access Area Troy Township
  • Tom Jenkins Dam at Burr Oak State Park, Trimble Township
  • Wayne National Forest Dover, York, Trimble, Canaan Townships

State landsedit

  • Burr Oak State Park
  • Strouds Run State Park
  • Acadia Cliffs State Nature Preserve
  • Fox Lake Wildlife Area
  • Waterloo Wildlife Research Station
  • Marie J Desonier State Nature Preserve
  • Riddle State Nature Preserve
  • Gifford State Forest
  • Waterloo State Forest
  • Zaleski State Forest

County propertiesedit

  • Ferndale Park
  • County Farm
  • Hockhocking-Adena Bike Path
  • Moonville Rail-Trail

Communitiesedit

Map of Athens County, Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels

Citiesedit

  • Athens county seat
  • Nelsonville

Villagesedit

  • Albany
  • Amesville
  • Buchtel
  • Chauncey
  • Coolville
  • Glouster
  • Jacksonville
  • Trimble

Townshipsedit

  • Alexander
  • Ames
  • Athens
  • Bern
  • Canaan
  • Carthage
  • Dover
  • Lee
  • Lodi
  • Rome
  • Trimble
  • Troy
  • Waterloo
  • York

Census-designated placesedit

  • Hockingport
  • Millfield
  • New Marshfield
  • Stewart
  • The Plains

Unincorporated communitiesedit

  • Beaumont
  • Beebe
  • Bessemer
  • Big Run
  • Burr Oak
  • Canaanville
  • Carbondale
  • Doanville
  • Frost
  • Garden
  • Glen Ebon
  • Guysville
  • Hamley Run
  • Hartleyville
  • Hebardville
  • Imperial
  • Kilvert
  • Lottridge
  • Luhrig
  • Mineral
  • Modoc
  • New England
  • New Floodwood
  • Pleasanton
  • Pratts Fork
  • Redtown
  • Shade
  • Sharpsburg
  • Torch
  • Utley

See alsoedit

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Athens County, Ohio

Referencesedit

  1. ^ "Ohio: Individual County Chronologies" Ohio Atlas of Historical County Boundaries The Newberry Library 2007 Retrieved February 12, 2015 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts" United States Census Bureau Retrieved February 7, 2015 
  3. ^ "Find a County" National Association of Counties Archived from the original on 2011-05-31 Retrieved 2011-06-07 
  4. ^ "Athens County data" Ohio State University Extension Data Center Retrieved 2007-04-28 dead link
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files" United States Census Bureau August 22, 2012 Archived from the original on May 4, 2014 Retrieved February 7, 2015 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates" Retrieved June 9, 2017 
  7. ^ "US Decennial Census" United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on May 12, 2015 Retrieved February 7, 2015 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser" University of Virginia Library Retrieved February 7, 2015 
  9. ^ Forstall, Richard L, ed March 27, 1995 "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990" United States Census Bureau Retrieved February 7, 2015 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4 Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" PDF United States Census Bureau April 2, 2001 Retrieved February 7, 2015 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on 2013-09-11 Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  12. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2015-12-27 
  13. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2015-12-27 
  14. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2015-12-27 
  15. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2015-12-27 
  16. ^ "Clinton States her Case in Appalachia" Toledo Blade 3 May 2016 Retrieved 12 September 2016 
  17. ^ http://uselectionatlasorg/RESULTS
  18. ^ The leading "other" candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 2,811 votes, while Socialist candidate Eugene Debs received 1,056 votes, Prohibition candidate Eugene Chafin received 106 votes, and Socialist Labor candidate Arthur Reimer received 27 votes

Further readingedit

  • Thomas William Lewis, History of Southeastern Ohio and the Muskingum Valley, 1788-1928 In Three Volumes Chicago: SJ Clarke Publishing Co, 1928

External linksedit

  • Athens County Government
  • Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Map of Athens County public lands
  • Athens County history and genealogy
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Coordinates: 39°20′N 82°03′W / 3933°N 8205°W / 3933; -8205

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