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Belmont County, Ohio

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Belmont County is a county located in the US state of Ohio As of the 2010 census, the population was 70,4002 Its county seat is St Clairsville3 The county was created in 1801 and later organized in 18154 It takes its name from the French for "beautiful mountain"5

Belmont County is part of the Wheeling, WV-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area It is the only Belmont County nationwide

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
    • 21 Adjacent counties
  • 3 Demographics
    • 31 2000 census
    • 32 2010 census
  • 4 Politics
  • 5 Government
    • 51 Corrections
  • 6 Education
    • 61 K-12
    • 62 Higher education
  • 7 Communities
    • 71 Cities
    • 72 Villages
    • 73 Townships
    • 74 Census-designated places
    • 75 Unincorporated communities
  • 8 Notable people
  • 9 See also
  • 10 References
  • 11 Further reading
  • 12 External links

Historyedit

Belmont County was formed from Jefferson and Washington counties, September 7, 18016
In 1976, Belmont County became the first American county to elect a female sheriff, Katherine Crumbly7

In 1987, Michael A Massa, a county resident, created and dedicated the County's first Official Seal and Flag to the people of Belmont County photo of county seal featured above the county map- see vignette at above right The citizens of the county held an informal election to select the winning seal and flag, and the event was featured nationally on the Paul Harvey Show

Geographyedit

According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 541 square miles 1,400 km2, of which 532 square miles 1,380 km2 is land and 91 square miles 24 km2 17% is water8

Adjacent countiesedit

  • Harrison County north
  • Jefferson County northeast
  • Ohio County, West Virginia east
  • Marshall County, West Virginia southeast
  • Monroe County south
  • Noble County southwest
  • Guernsey County west

Demographicsedit

Census
Historical population
Pop
1810 11,097
1820 20,329 832%
1830 28,627 408%
1840 30,901 79%
1850 34,600 120%
1860 36,398 52%
1870 39,714 91%
1880 49,638 250%
1890 57,413 157%
1900 60,875 60%
1910 76,856 263%
1920 93,193 213%
1930 94,719 16%
1940 95,614 09%
1950 87,740 −82%
1960 83,864 −44%
1970 80,917 −35%
1980 82,569 20%
1990 71,074 −139%
2000 70,226 −12%
2010 70,400 02%
Est 2016 68,673 −25%
US Decennial Census10
1790-196011 1900-199012
1990-200013 2010-20132

2000 censusedit

As of the census14 of 2000, there were 70,226 people, 28,309 households, and 19,250 families residing in the county The population density was 131 people per square mile 50/km² There were 31,236 housing units at an average density of 58 per square mile 22/km² The racial makeup of the county was 9498% White, 364% Black or African American, 014% Native American, 030% Asian, 002% Pacific Islander, 016% from other races, and 077% from two or more races 039% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race 202% were of German, 125% Irish, 120% American, 103% English, 102% Italian and 90% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000

There were 28,309 households out of which 2830% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 5310% were married couples living together, 1120% had a female householder with no husband present, and 3200% were non-families 2870% of all households were made up of individuals and 1510% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 237 and the average family size was 290

In the county, the population was spread out with 2180% under the age of 18, 770% from 18 to 24, 2740% from 25 to 44, 2490% from 45 to 64, and 1820% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 41 years For every 100 females there were 9640 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 9360 males

The median income for a household in the county was $29,714, and the median income for a family was $37,538 Males had a median income of $31,211 versus $19,890 for females The per capita income for the county was $16,221 About 1170% of families and 1460% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2040% of those under age 18 and 980% of those age 65 or over

2010 censusedit

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 70,400 people, 28,679 households, and 18,761 families residing in the county15 The population density was 1323 inhabitants per square mile 511/km2 There were 32,452 housing units at an average density of 610 per square mile 236/km216 The racial makeup of the county was 940% white, 40% black or African American, 04% Asian, 01% American Indian, 02% from other races, and 13% from two or more races Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 06% of the population15 In terms of ancestry, 260% were German, 179% were Irish, 124% were English, 101% were Italian, 90% were Polish, and 62% were American17

Of the 28,679 households, 272% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 492% were married couples living together, 114% had a female householder with no husband present, 346% were non-families, and 299% of all households were made up of individuals The average household size was 232 and the average family size was 285 The median age was 434 years15

The median income for a household in the county was $38,320 and the median income for a family was $47,214 Males had a median income of $42,022 versus $26,926 for females The per capita income for the county was $20,266 About 121% of families and 152% of the population were below the poverty line, including 244% of those under age 18 and 91% of those age 65 or over18

Politicsedit

Presidential Elections Results19
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 674% 21,108 280% 8,785 46% 1,438
2012 529% 16,758 447% 14,156 24% 774
2008 474% 15,422 501% 16,302 25% 812
2004 468% 15,589 528% 17,576 05% 157
2000 419% 12,625 530% 15,980 51% 1,536
1996 268% 8,213 578% 17,705 154% 4,721
1992 258% 8,614 554% 18,527 188% 6,280
1988 382% 12,214 610% 19,515 08% 244
1984 435% 15,170 558% 19,458 07% 228
1980 425% 13,601 520% 16,653 55% 1,770
1976 385% 13,550 601% 21,162 14% 507
1972 536% 17,628 450% 14,800 14% 450
1968 319% 11,512 612% 22,056 69% 2,478
1964 256% 9,693 744% 28,180
1960 433% 18,146 567% 23,805
1956 503% 19,230 497% 18,991
1952 417% 17,693 583% 24,759
1948 358% 13,283 625% 23,217 17% 643
1944 391% 15,485 609% 24,093
1940 382% 17,705 618% 28,618
1936 319% 14,511 672% 30,545 09% 425
1932 408% 15,029 550% 20,291 42% 1,565
1928 608% 20,969 372% 12,807 20% 692
1924 545% 16,378 269% 8,074 186% 5,583
1920 506% 14,761 457% 13,347 37% 1,093
1916 442% 7,526 464% 7,911 94% 1,609
1912 340% 5,267 349% 5,412 311% 4,812
1908 480% 8,193 454% 7,750 66% 1,120
1904 568% 8,170 334% 4,801 99% 1,425
1900 554% 8,217 421% 6,251 25% 365
1896 537% 7,699 447% 6,413 16% 236
1892 483% 6,329 467% 6,123 50% 657
1888 516% 6,615 450% 5,778 34% 440
1884 508% 6,186 473% 5,763 19% 231
1880 501% 5,539 486% 5,379 13% 143
1876 496% 4,976 500% 5,024 04% 41
1872 538% 4,267 460% 3,647 03% 22

Governmentedit

See also: Ohio county government

Almost all of the county's government offices are located in the Belmont County Courthouse20

Belmont County has a 3-member Board of County Commissioners that administer and oversee the various County departments, similar to all but 2 of the 88 Ohio counties The elected commissioners serve four-year terms Belmont County's elected commissioners are: Mark Thomas D, JP Dutton R and Josh Meyer R 21

Belmont County's county flag was designed in 1988 by local state official Michael Massa Local citizens voted in a nationally covered election to choose it from a group of three designs by Massa The seal minus a Latin phrase is featured on the county's flag22

Correctionsedit

Belmont County is serviced by several detentional centers located around St Clairsville The Belmont Correctional Institution is located on 158 acres 064 km2 between St Clairsville and Bannock on State Route 331 The facility currently houses 2,698 inmates23 The Belmont County Jail is located in St Clairsville and is located near Belmont College and Ohio University Eastern Campus The facility contains 144 beds and also houses the county sheriff's offices24 The county is also serviced by Sargus Juvenile Detention Center, a 17-bed facility that also services surrounding counties25 Sargus Center is located next door to the county jail

Educationedit

K-12edit

Belmont County is served by the following local school districts

  • Barnesville Exempted Village School District
  • Bellaire High School
  • Belmont County Educational Service Center
  • Bridgeport High School
  • East Richland Christian School
  • Martins Ferry High School
  • Olney Friends School
  • Shadyside High School
  • St Clairsville High School
  • Union Local High School

A small part of the county is served by the following schools of the multicounty Switzerland of Ohio Local School District:

  • Hannibal Elementary School in Hannibal
  • Powhatan Elementary School in Powhatan Point
  • River High School in Hannibal

Higher educationedit

  • Belmont College
  • Ohio University Eastern Campus

Communitiesedit

Map of Belmont County, Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels

Citiesedit

  • Martins Ferry
  • St Clairsville county seat

Villagesedit

  • Barnesville
  • Bellaire
  • Belmont
  • Bethesda
  • Bridgeport
  • Brookside
  • Fairview
  • Flushing
  • Holloway
  • Morristown
  • Powhatan Point
  • Shadyside
  • Wilson
  • Yorkville

Townshipsedit

  • Colerain
  • Flushing
  • Goshen
  • Kirkwood
  • Mead
  • Pease
  • Pultney
  • Richland
  • Smith
  • Somerset
  • Union
  • Warren
  • Washington
  • Wayne
  • Wheeling
  • York

Census-designated placesedit

  • Bannock
  • Glencoe
  • Lafferty
  • Lansing
  • Neffs
  • Wolfhurst

Unincorporated communitiesedit

  • Alledonia
  • Anvil
  • Armstrongs Mills
  • Badgertown
  • Barton
  • Blaine
  • Boston
  • Businessburg
  • Captina
  • Centerville
  • Colerain
  • Crescent
  • Dilles Bottom
  • Egypt
  • Fairpoint
  • Farmington
  • Hendrysburg
  • Hunter
  • Jacobsburg
  • Key
  • Lamira
  • Lloydsville
  • Maynard
  • McClainville
  • Pleasant Grove
  • Riverview
  • Sewellsville
  • Somerton
  • Steinersville
  • Stewartsville
  • Tacoma
  • Temperanceville
  • Uniontown
  • Warnock

Notable peopleedit

  • James E Boyd politician, Mayor of Omaha and the seventh Governor of Nebraska26
  • Bushrod Johnson, one of the few CSA generals born in the North, was born in Belmont County
  • Stan Olejniczak, American football player
  • Wilson Shannon, first native-born governor of Ohio
  • Joey Galloway, Graduate of Bellaire High School Played football for Ohio State and in the NFL for 15 years
  • Lance Mehl, NFL linebacker
  • John Havlicek, Graduate of Bridgeport High School Played basketball for Ohio State and the Boston Celtics in the NBA Hall of Famer
  • Don Fleming, Graduate of Shadyside High School Played football for the University of Florida and the Cleveland Browns

See alsoedit

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

Referencesedit

  1. ^ "Belmont County Flag" Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board Retrieved January 26, 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. ^ "Ohio: Individual County Chronologies" Ohio Atlas of Historical County Boundaries The Newberry Library 2007 Retrieved February 12, 2015 
  5. ^ "Belmont County data" Ohio State University Extension Data Center Retrieved 2007-04-28 dead link
  6. ^ McKelvey, A T Centennial history of Belmont County, Ohio, and representative citizens Pages 46-47 Chicago, Biographical Pub Co, 1903
  7. ^ "Past Belmont County Sheriffs - Belmont County Sheriff's Office" Belmont County Sheriff's Office 
  8. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files" United States Census Bureau August 22, 2012 Archived from the original on May 4, 2014 Retrieved February 7, 2015 
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates" Retrieved June 9, 2017 
  10. ^ "US Decennial Census" United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on May 12, 2015 Retrieved February 7, 2015 
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser" University of Virginia Library Retrieved February 7, 2015 
  12. ^ Forstall, Richard L, ed March 27, 1995 "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990" United States Census Bureau Retrieved February 7, 2015 
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4 Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" PDF United States Census Bureau April 2, 2001 Retrieved February 7, 2015 
  14. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on 2013-09-11 Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  15. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2015-12-27 
  16. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2015-12-27 
  17. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2015-12-27 
  18. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2015-12-27 
  19. ^ http://uselectionatlasorg/RESULTS
  20. ^ "Ohio Secretary of State 2006 Unofficial Election Statistics" Retrieved 2007-04-05 
  21. ^ "Belmont County Board of Commissioners" Belmont County Ohio Government Homepage October 1, 2014 Archived from the original on 2014-09-27 
  22. ^ Ohio County Flags: Belmont Countypermanent dead link, The Ohio Channel, 2007 Accessed 2007-09-11
  23. ^ "Belmont Correctional Institution" stateohus 
  24. ^ "Belmont County Sheriff's Office" Belmont County Sheriff's Office 
  25. ^ "Belmont County Juvenile Court" belmontcountyjuvenilecourtcom 
  26. ^ "Kansas Governor Walter Roscoe Stubbs" National Governors Association Retrieved September 29, 2012 

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

  • Belmont County Government's Web site
  • Belmont County Economic Development
  • Belmont County Port Authority

Coordinates: 40°01′N 80°59′W / 4002°N 8099°W / 4002; -8099

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