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Athens County, Ohio
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{{about|the county in Ohio|other uses|Athens (disambiguation)}}{{Use mdy dates|date=August 2017}}







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| founded date = March 1| seat wl = Athens| largest city wl= Athens| area_total_sq_mi = 508| area_land_sq_mi = 504| area_water_sq_mi = 4.8| area percentage = 1.0%| census estimate yr = 2018| pop = 65818| density_sq_mi = 129| time zone = Eastern| footnotes = | web =http://www.co.athensoh.org/| named for = Athens, Greece| ex image = County Courthouse Athens OH USA.JPG| ex image cap = The Athens County court house in Athens| district = 6th| district2 = 15th}}File:Downtown Athens OH USA.JPG|thumb|Court Street, main street in (wikt:uptown|uptown) Athens]]Athens County is a county in southeastern Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 64,757.WEB, State & County QuickFacts,weblink United States Census Bureau, February 7, 2015, Its county seat is Athens.WEB,weblink June 7, 2011, Find a County, National Association of Counties, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110531210815weblink">weblink May 31, 2011, 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, Greece.WEB,weblink Athens County data, April 28, 2007, Ohio State University Extension Data Center, {{dead link|date=December 2016|bot=medic}}{{cbignore|bot=medic}}Athens County comprises the Athens, OH Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

The county has a total area of {{convert|508|sqmi}}, of which {{convert|504|sqmi}} is land and {{convert|4.8|sqmi}} (1.0%) is water.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140504223453weblink">weblink dead, May 4, 2014, United States Census Bureau, February 7, 2015, August 22, 2012, 2010 Census Gazetteer Files, 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 counties

Demographics

{{US Census population|1810= 2791|1820= 6338|1830= 9787|1840= 19109|1850= 18215|1860= 21364|1870= 23768|1880= 28411|1890= 35194|1900= 38730|1910= 47798|1920= 50430|1930= 44175|1940= 46166|1950= 45839|1960= 46998|1970= 54889|1980= 56399|1990= 59549|2000= 62223|2010= 64757|estyear=2018|estimate=65818ACCESSDATE=APRIL 19, 2019, |align-fn=centerPUBLISHER=UNITED STATES CENSUS BUREAU URL-STATUS=DEAD ARCHIVEDATE=APRIL 26, 2015, 1790-1960HTTP://MAPSERVER.LIB.VIRGINIA.EDU>TITLE=HISTORICAL CENSUS BROWSERACCESSDATE=FEBRUARY 7, 2015, 1900-1990HTTPS://WWW.CENSUS.GOV/POPULATION/CENCOUNTS/OH190090.TXT>TITLE=POPULATION OF COUNTIES BY DECENNIAL CENSUS: 1900 TO 1990EDITOR-LAST=FORSTALLDATE=MARCH 27, 1995PUBLISHER=UNITED STATES CENSUS BUREAUACCESSDATE=FEBRUARY 7, 2015, 2010-2017}}

2000 census

As of the censusWEB,weblink United States Census Bureau, January 31, 2008, American FactFinder, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130911234518weblink">weblink September 11, 2013, 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 93.48% White, 2.39% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 1.90% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 1.56% from two or more races. 1.03% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 21.4% were of German, 13.9% American, 12.9% Irish, 11.1% English, and 5.6% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000.There were 22,501 households out of which 26.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.50% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.50% were non-families. 28.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.92.In the county, the population was spread out with 18.30% under the age of 18, 30.70% from 18 to 24, 23.70% from 25 to 44, 18.00% from 45 to 64, and 9.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females there were 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.30 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 14.00% of families and 27.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.20% of those under age 18 and 12.90% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 64,757 people, 23,578 households, and 12,453 families residing in the county.WEB
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, DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data
, December 27, 2015
, United States Census Bureau, The population density was {{convert|128.6|PD/sqmi}}. There were 26,385 housing units at an average density of {{convert|52.4|/sqmi}}.WEB
,weblink
, December 27, 2015
, Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County
, United States Census Bureau, The racial makeup of the county was 91.8% white, 2.7% black or African American, 2.7% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.4% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 22.1% were German, 15.2% were American, 14.0% were Irish, 10.4% were English, and 5.5% were Italian.WEB
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, DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
, December 27, 2015
, United States Census Bureau,
Of the 23,578 households, 24.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.3% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 47.2% were non-families, and 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.87. The median age was 26.3 years.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 16.6% of families and 30.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.6% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.WEB
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, DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
, December 27, 2015
, United States Census Bureau,

Communities

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Cities

Villages

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Townships

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Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

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Politics

Like most counties dominated by state universities, Athens County is a Democratic stronghold.NEWS,weblink Clinton States her Case in Appalachia, Toledo Blade, May 3, 2016, September 12, 2016, In the 2014 gubernatorial election, it was one of only two counties to vote for Democrat Ed FitzGerald over Republican John Kasich (along with Monroe County).{{Hidden begin|titlestyle = background:#ccccff;|title = Presidential elections results}}{| align="center" border="2" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="0" style="float:right; margin: 1em 1em 1em 0; border: 1px #aaa solid; border-collapse: collapse; font-size: 95%;"Presidential elections resultsHTTP://USELECTIONATLAS.ORG/RESULTS, Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections, Leip, David, uselectionatlas.org, 2018-05-01, bgcolor=lightgrey! Year! Republican! Democratic! Third parties201638.2% 11,35455.1% 16,3706.7% 1,985201230.8% 8,54366.0% 18,3073.2% 878200831.2% 9,74266.3% 20,7222.5% 795200436.1% 10,84763.2% 18,9980.7% 200200038.1% 9,70351.7% 13,15810.2% 2,586199629.9% 7,15456.0% 13,41814.1% 3,382199227.9% 7,18452.0% 13,42320.1% 5,186198845.9% 9,31453.2% 10,7950.9% 172198452.6% 11,54846.5% 10,2011.0% 209198041.3% 8,17048.1% 9,51410.7% 2,117197644.1% 8,38752.0% 9,8963.9% 733197248.9% 9,73550.1% 9,9771.0% 203196847.8% 7,83744.8% 7,3517.4% 1,212196436.9% 6,21163.1% 10,633196058.8% 10,74741.2% 7,542195664.4% 10,79435.6% 5,959195260.4% 10,82939.6% 7,108194854.4% 8,90245.2% 7,3980.3% 54194458.1% 10,32641.9% 7,438194049.5% 11,21350.5% 11,449193641.5% 9,50957.6% 13,2050.9% 208193251.2% 9,89746.1% 8,9152.8% 531192870.0% 11,10128.7% 4,5461.3% 208192458.2% 8,69517.9% 2,66924.0% 3,579192061.5% 11,01636.4% 6,5232.0% 361191655.2% 5,55440.7% 4,1014.1% 411191232.6% 3,09025.2% 2,39342.2% 4,000{{efnProgressive Party (United States, 1912)>Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 2,811 votes, while Socialist candidate Eugene V. Debs received 1,056 votes, Prohibition Party>Prohibition candidate Eugene W. Chafin received 106 votes, and Socialist Labor Party of America>Socialist Labor candidate Arthur Reimer received 27 votes.}}190861.6% 6,44934.9% 3,6543.6% 372190475.8% 6,35219.0% 1,5945.1% 430190068.9% 6,12628.4% 2,5292.7% 236189661.0% 5,42937.0% 3,2932.0% 175189258.7% 4,45834.2% 2,5997.1% 540188869.6% 4,57024.5% 1,6125.9% 386188459.2% 3,82834.8% 2,2526.0% 385188060.4% 3,64537.0% 2,2342.6% 154187660.2% 3,41338.7% 2,1951.1% 62187267.6% 3,02531.3% 1,3981.1% 49{{Hidden end}}

Economy

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.

Education

Colleges and universities

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

K-12 schools

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.

Libraries

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

Media

News publications:


Noncommercial Television:
  • WOUB-TV, 20 and 27-HD (PBS affiliate, Ohio University, Athens)


Noncommercial Radio:
  • WEAK-FM, 106.7, (Low Power FM, Athens)
  • WOUB-FM, 91.3 (NPR affiliate, Ohio University, Athens)
  • WOUB-AM, 1340 (NPR affiliate, Ohio University, Athens)
  • WLCI-FM, 97.5 (Hocking College student radio, Nelsonville)


Commercial Radio:

Public lands

Federal lands

State lands

County properties

See also

Notes

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References

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Further reading

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

External links

{{Geographic Location|Centre = Athens County, OhioPerry County, Ohio>Perry CountyMorgan County, Ohio>Morgan CountyWashington County, Ohio>Washington County|Southeast = Wood County, West VirginiaMeigs County, Ohio>Meigs County|Southwest = Vinton County, Ohio>Vinton CountyHocking County, Ohio>Hocking County}}{{Athens County, Ohio}}{{Ohio}}{{coord|39.33|-82.05|display=title|type:adm2nd_region:US-OH_source:UScensus1990}}

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